Copenhagen Wreck Beach Dive

The S.S. Copenhagen sank on a stormy night in January, 1900 on its way to Havana with a load of coal.  After more than a century lying just off the Lauderdale by the Sea shore, the wreckage provides habitat for an incredible diversity of marine life, including a 5' goliath grouper that warily watches visiting divers.

We will gather in the parking lot of the Sea Watch Restaurant to brief, buddy up, gear up, and go.  The trip out includes a long surface swim to the mooring buoys that mark the resting place for the old ship.  You can submerge early to enjoy the reef west of the wreck but you might want to save your air for the main attraction and cruise the reef on the way back in.

The Sea Watch staff have invited us to join them for lunch after the dive.

This is an ambitious swim for most divers but the dive itself is well within the skill level of open water certified divers.  When the conditions are right, this is a spectacular dive on a prime site that is a protected State landmark. (see brochure at http://www.flheritage.com/archaeology/underwater/seamuseum/_docs/Copenhagen_brochure.pdf).

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  • Galen B.

    Hey guys, I lost a dive knife in case anyone happened to find it, please let me know. Otherwise, it was a great dive and great meeting everyone!

    January 13, 2014

  • steven

    Had a great dive .extremely well organized. I don't think there was any diver that was left behind .

    January 13, 2014

  • divergirl4u

    My color was off yesterday ... so the video is now black and white :)
    Here is my video: https://vimeo.com/84007000

    January 13, 2014

  • Guy R. W.

    good time and met some new friends.

    January 12, 2014

  • Carlos

    Nice day, plus brought a lobster home : - )

    1 · January 12, 2014

  • Grant J.

    Awesome dive great location. Great people. Thanks Tom for the great organization. Happy to find the wreck at the end of the dive.

    January 12, 2014

  • John G.

    Perfect way to enjoy a Sunday in South Florida. Water was calm and the visibility was 15-20 feet.

    1 · January 12, 2014

  • John G.

    Perfect Day!

    January 12, 2014

  • Norman H.

    Perfect day ya'll!!

    2 · January 12, 2014

  • Norman H.

    Perfect day Tom!!

    1 · January 12, 2014

  • Senen G.

    On my way!

    January 12, 2014

  • Guy R. W.

    It's 8:35pm Sat - I intend to go - if it is a bust could someone text me before I drive for an hour to meet you? [masked] Thanks

    January 11, 2014

    • Tom C.

      I'll do my best for an early report. So far, surf is laying down a bit and I heard good reports of visibility on the wreck.

      January 11, 2014

    • Tom C.

      Looks great out there.

      January 12, 2014

  • Tom C.

    The sea is dead calm. Let's dive!

    2 · January 12, 2014

  • steven

    As of now ankle deep , slight wind , small chop ,
    unless something major changes see u all at the dive site
    Wait for Tom to give final word on this dive

    January 12, 2014

  • Alberto R.

    I can't make. Out of town.

    January 11, 2014

  • Tom C.

    The surf may be choppy but we will probably attempt the dive unless it gets worse tonight. Anyone who chooses to do the inner ledge rather than swim to the dropoff and the wreck, can still have a fine dive with much to see.

    1 · January 11, 2014

  • Senen G.

    Hey Tom, think I could get a tank?

    January 7, 2014

  • Ryan

    Really looking forward to this dive!

    January 6, 2014

  • Carlos

    I dove here before, I think, but it was a boat dive...Is this the same site we go with the boats? How far from shore is the wreck and how deep is it where the wreck and reef are? Carlos

    January 5, 2014

    • steven

      Same site ,it's about 2/3 mile swim in 18 to 22 ft of water same distance as pompano drop off .the reef is north of the wreck .easy and relax surface swim usually 30 minutes in good conditions .

      1 · January 5, 2014

  • Desi F.

    Did you guys go?

    December 28, 2013

  • divergirl4u

    1/12/14 will be a better day to play on the Copenhagen :)

    1 · December 28, 2013

  • Bob C.

    Tom - can I rent a tank from you?

    December 27, 2013

    • Tom C.

      Absolutely.

      December 27, 2013

  • Gabriel

    Tom. I will be needing to rent from you a tank and a PSG if possible.

    December 27, 2013

    • Tom C.

      Okay. You mean an spg?

      December 27, 2013

    • Gabriel

      Sorry. Damn iPhone. Yeah. SPG

      December 27, 2013

  • Tom C.

    Keeping fingers crossed for less wind by morning.

    December 27, 2013

  • June E.

    Is it meet at 9 or dive at 9?

    December 27, 2013

    • Tom C.

      Meet at 9. Should be in water by 9:30.

      December 27, 2013

  • John G.

    Tom don't forget my tank. Hope it clears up tomorrow

    December 27, 2013

  • Gabriel

    Tom. I'm looking forward to tomorrow.

    December 27, 2013

  • Alberto R.

    Speaking of tanks, I will also a tank for Saturday.

    December 24, 2013

  • Senen G.

    Hey Tom, do offer private open water certification courses for just two people?

    December 23, 2013

    • Tom C.

      I sure do. We customize instruction to the need. Send me email to [masked].

      December 24, 2013

    • Senen G.

      Will do. Thanks Tom. By the way, if I feel better, I'll be going to the dive in Saturday. Do you have an extra tank?

      December 24, 2013

  • John G.

    Hey Tom! I'll need a tank

    December 22, 2013

  • Gabriel

    Tom. I'll also need a tank if possible.

    December 22, 2013

  • Galen B.

    Is the Sea Watch ok with us parking there?

    December 22, 2013

    • Tom C.

      Yes. I got us permission.

      1 · December 22, 2013

  • John G.

    Hey Tom! Is this a protected area or are we allowed to hunt?

    December 21, 2013

    • Tom C.

      Folks hunt to and from the wreck but not on the site. Best hogs, grouper, and snapper are north and west of the wreck. It's okay to take a gun or pole spear.

      December 21, 2013

    • Desi F.

      Ugh! Have miss this one, in laws will be in.

      December 22, 2013

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