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Introduction to Northeast Diving

Been meaning to see what diving in New York is like? You want to dive more often but not sure you would find anything in New York? Not sure if you are ready for a boat dive yet?

Photo: Mike Rothschild

If you want to get a flavor for the conditions of local diving and the equipment needed to be able to enjoy diving in the Northeast, come join the Sea Gypsies at Dutch Springs on Saturday, July 7, 2012. If you like it and feel ready to go on a boat, join us on a real off-shore Northeast wreck boat dive a week later on Sunday, July 15.

Saturday, July 7, 2012
9 am (on the benches at the bottom of the hill on the Peninsula Side of Dutch — turn right at the front gate and drive until you almost hit the water).

Dutch Springs, Pennsylvania (1.5 hour drive from Manhattan)
4733 Hanoverville Road
Bethlehem, PA 18020
For directions, go to:

If this is your first trip to Dutch, this is a handy primer.

Reservations: Must RSVP to [masked]

Photo: Mike Rothschild

Transportation: If you need a ride or are willing to share in the cost of a rental car, let us know when you RSVP and we will try to accommodate the request.

Price: $36 entrance fee to Dutch Springs. We also suggest you fill out the park's waiver in advance to save yourself some time.

Food: Park has concession stands with food and water

Depth: 25 feet to 70 feet with plenty of things to see underwater — a bus, a plane, boats!

Equipment: Tank and weight rentals available on the premises. See Dutch’s website for rental rates. You can also rent from the nearby Lehigh Valley Dive Center.

Essentials: Remember the water will be cold deeper than 40 feet, although it is warm at the surface. You should have at least a 5mm or 7mm wetsuit (or a drysuit), hood and gloves.

We will be making introductions to member-instructors who will also be acting as guides in the water and demonstrating the typical rigging you will find when jumping off a boat (called a “Carolina” rig); use of reels to navigate the bottom and provide advice in general on the conditions we find in Northeast waters as well as protocols on boats and equipment needed.

The instructors can provide guidance on your capabilities and offer additional training, if needed, so you can join us on boat dives.

Sea Gypsies members who are seasoned local divers as well as a few fairly new local divers will also be on hand at the event to share their experiences with you.

Note: The club makes no representations as to the skill or competency of the instructors involved in the event. It is the responsibility of the club member to determine whether a particular instructor is suitable for their purpose.

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  • Sid M.

    Would have been great, if my wrist seals hadn't leaked.... :-( However, I enjoyed my first dive in nearly 2 years.

    July 9, 2012

  • mark

    Great idea and well executed. Antonio, Mats, Mike and other members of long standing did a great job to help introduce new/newish divers to diving in a controlled environment. Kudo's.

    July 8, 2012

  • Sid M.

    I've arrived at Dutch Springs. Where to?

    July 7, 2012

  • Rob aka V.

    OK but maybe this event can be a precursor for the following Sat. skills class in which the instructors can do demos using pony bottles?
    Redundancy is key. Committee decision?

    June 19, 2012

  • Meredith

    I think that's because this event is geared toward people who are really new, and they don't usually have ponies. I didn't get one till after I'd been diving locally for a year or so. I never had a boat turn me away for not having one.

    June 19, 2012

  • Rob aka V.

    The one thing I dont recall going over last season in this
    event was using a pony bottle. This is something lots of
    boats seem to require from what I read.

    June 19, 2012

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