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Scuba Dive and Camp in Marathon, Florida Keys

Lets meet up and go Scuba Diving in the Florida Keys. We've talked about it, planned for it, now lets finally get down there and have some fun. This is Verterans day weekend, which makes the potential for a long weekend possible.

The Camping: Knights Key Campground.  With bath facilities and a heated pool, this campground looks very nice. I plan on reserving a site on or near the water, and when we know how many members would like to go, we can reserve more sites. Sites are $50.00 per day. Google Jolly Roger Marathon and it comes right up.

The Dives: Lets explore Marathon's extensive reef system with TILDENS dive center. Tildens has several dive boats, equiped with all of the amenities we desire, and the expertise to make our dives fun. Two dives, two tank from 8:00 AM to 12:00 noon. With six divers, we can influence their schedule. They can take us to shallow reefs, deeper ones, and possible a shallow wreck or two. The cost of the dives is $65.00 if you own your own gear, tanks and weights. $80.00 if you need tanks and weights. $120.00 if you need all of the gear.

Itinerary: Arrive Friday afternoon, check in at Jolly Roger, set up camp. We can explore Marathon, go to Key West for dinner, or just hang out and relax at the pool in Marathon.

Saturday: Morning two dives with Tildens.
Afternoon: Relax at pool or go into Key West.

Sunday morning: Two dives with Tildens.

Sunday afternoon: check out and head home.

For those who may be off from work Monday, November 11th, please feel free to stay in the Keys longer, and head home at your descretion.

I will need a list of gear that you own, and will report to the Dive shop the needed gear. It is important that you bring your C card and log book if you have one.

Once we determine who will be joining us on this adventure, I will determine the cost for each person based on equipment needs, which of course will vary. If you would like to join us, please let me know right away.

About the cost, my thoughts are if we car pool down, split camp sites, this could be some of the best diving on a budget that I have ever done.

All Wavers of liability will be signed with the dive Charter.

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  • Craig G.

    I want to thank our Divers Julie, Ken, Dee, Laurel and our Snorkelers James and Bojan. Depsite the rough 3 ft seas, we had a real adventure, learned some new lessons from Kyle, our dive master, and had fun camping in the Keys. I can't wait for the next adventure, maybe a dive trip to Rainbow River.

    November 14, 2013

  • Dee

    Thanks for a wonderful trip Craig! Everyone was so helpful!

    November 11, 2013

  • Laurel W

    This trip exceeded my expectations.

    November 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great! Met some really superb people and had a fantastic time.

    November 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    If anyone needs dive or snorkeling equipment- Divers Supply on Gunn Hwy in Tampa is having a huge clearance sale! I picked up a bunch of stuff dirt cheap!

    October 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Oh, I was certified by PADI as Divemaster ten years ago, original cert was in 1964, don't know total hours underwater, but do need to get back into shape, so would like to start shallow on first dives...but love wrecks if that works for others. New dive kayak on order...but may not arrive on time. Have 2nd sit inside kayak. Like night dives if some want to do that.

    October 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Coming solo from Sarasota/bradenton area with tent, kayak, car, and all scuba gear except tanks and weights. Used to dive this area a lot, it is nice enough to change my plans to go on this one. Will help others as needed if i can.

    October 27, 2013

  • Ed H.

    I would be up for the next trip just cant make this one.

    October 27, 2013

  • Craig G.

    I see everyone is a Slacker 13 or 14, so that's good. I need input on the camp site arrangements. I could bring my two room cabin tent, which sleeps 8, or 2 in each room real comfortably. Our group could fit on two sites. If we all want individual tents, we will rent out the site next to Julies, and the cost will be $60.00 each. My thought is I will bring my big tent, and rent out the third site. that way we'll have plenty of room.

    October 24, 2013

    • Julie N

      I have 3 on my site

      October 25, 2013

  • SunAnnie

    Sorry I have to cancel! Would be interested in joining you another time!

    October 24, 2013

  • Julie N

    Checked the weather and it is still hot down there. The sites have water and electric so bring your fans. No grill at the sites but w we do have a picnic table.

    October 24, 2013

  • Julie N

    grassy sites at the campground.

    October 24, 2013

  • Craig G.

    It looks like we have a good skill level for this Dive trip. I have been certified for 28 years (sounds like a long time) and have over 30 hours logged under water, Heidi has been certified for a couple of years and has been diving frequently. Julie has been certified since this year and has been diving often. Ann also has been certified since this year. It will be fun to explore the reefs together.

    October 24, 2013

  • Julie N

    Can I go if I only snorkle and kaysk. If nobody else signs up count me in.
    I can drive and pull my kayak triler.

    October 23, 2013

    • Julie N

      #112, bring your tent

      October 23, 2013

    • Julie N

      I have an extra one. Want me to bring it.

      October 24, 2013

  • Julie N

    I have site 112 at the new RV site. Its good for up to 6 people and two tents. My tent will hold 2 people if any one wants to share or bring your own tent and share a site.

    October 23, 2013

    • Julie N

      camp site #112 is full

      October 24, 2013

    • Julie N

      I have Martin and Julie staying with me. I should have put that down before.

      October 24, 2013

  • Craig G.

    I have taken site 113 at Knights Key Campground. Julie has site 112. Lets see how many members we have going, and then decide if we need more sites. Site 110, 111 are currently available. We decided on these sites because, although not on the water, they are away from a bicycle group that may be loud and rowdy.

    October 23, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Craig, can I share a site with you? I will pay my share. Are these sites all paved or they have nice soft ground for tents?

      October 24, 2013

  • Craig G.

    In order to Scuba Dive, a diver MUST have to show the dive operator a valid Certification card from one of the organizations who certify people, such as Naui, Padi, SSI etc. If you do not have a valid cert card, you can only Snorkle. The Cost to Snorkle is $35.00 each day.

    October 23, 2013

    • Craig G.

      You can join us and be a snorkler. Snorking is 35.00. Julie may go Kayaking, but you will be on your own. I don't advise snorking from your Kayak. The reefs we are on will be pretty shallow, and you can keep Bojan company and snorkle with him, Julie or martin.

      October 23, 2013

    • Julie N

      Kristina if you go would you like to car pool. You are from Lakeland right???

      October 24, 2013

  • Julie N

    about camping. They allow 6 people and 2 tents. We all will have to share tents to get more people per site or get more sites.

    Its about $48 a night for 2 people and an additional $7 for people over 2.

    October 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    where you guys will be diving, will there be shallow reefs good for me snorkeling around?

    October 22, 2013

    • Craig G.

      The reef around Marathon are really shallow, 5 feet to 30 feet, most in the 5 to 20 ft range. Even the one wreck, a tug, is only in 25 feet of water.

      October 22, 2013

8 went

  • Craig G.
    Slacker17, Assistant Organizer,
    Event Host
  • Julie N
    Slacker17
  • Dee
    Slacker17
  • Laurel W
    Slacker16
  • A former member
  • A former member
  • A former member
  • A former member

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