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We are a bunch of fun loving divers who lover to get together to dive, have fun, drink, and involve ourselves in dive related activities.  Join the group to meet other divers like yourself. 
Not a diver yet?  We can help you arrange classes.  

The club holds happy hours in the Washington DC, Northern Virginia, Baltimore, and Annapolis areas.  We also do local diving on the weekend and arrange national and international dive trips.  

Share you dive photos and if you have a dive event in mind, let us know and we'll get the trip rolling. See you in the Water!

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July 4th Week of Diving: Dry Tortugas, Key West, Florida Keys

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Itinerary:
Friday July 1 - Travel Day

Saturday July 2: Four (4 Dives) in and around the Big Pine Key and the Looe Key Marine Sanctuary with the Looe Key Reef Resort.

Morning Dives:
The Advanced divers will dive the Adolphus Bush with sits in 110 ft of water.
Open Water divers will dive the reefs of the marine sanctuary.($99.99 diving, tanks and wights)
The 2 afternoon dives will be on reefs $99.99 for diving, tanks, and weights.

Sunday July 3: We will do 4 dives on the reefs around Key West. 2 on a morning 2 tank boat, return to dock, and then 2 on an afternoon 2 tank boat. bout $105 each for morning and for afternoon dives. One of the morning Dives is planned for the Caman Salvager which sits in 90 ft of water.

Monday July 4: We are shooting for 4 tanks on the Dry Tortugas $500. (though we may get a fule surcharge)
Fireworks Monday Evening in Malory Square

Tuesday July 5 Off gassing or travel day. I will be on the beach or beside the pool and traveling on Wednessday July 6.

Wednesday July 6 Travel day.

Transportation and lodging are up to you to arrange. They are not provided

Current Trip Roster:
Rock
Donna
Jose
Katherine
Esther
Mike

Venmo you a deposit request for $500 to confirm

Trip size will be limited to 6 since the Dry Tortugas boat will be a 6-pack boat. If we get another 6 that are interested, we can try to rent a second boat. I am also anticipating renting a 6-pack boat for the Adolphus Bush. If people do not want to dive the Dry Tortugas, we can bring more people along.

The Dry Tortugas is a 10 to 12 hours trip with 3 to 4 tanks of diving. The boat is a 6-pack boat with a marine head. I have arranged that we can do a potty stop at Ft Jefferson in the part when we arrive and when we depart if necessary. If we fill the boat, we are anticipating the cost of the Dry Tortugas trop to be just shy of $500 per person. It should be worth it as the Dry Tortugas have the least pressurs from fishing or population of anywhere in the Keys. Read abut the trip below.
I plan to rent a 3 bedroom house in Key West for Lodging. If we have singles in the group, we may have a larger house or multiple units. We will have to discuss this during our logistics meetings.
Costs will be dependent on how many people come, how much diving we do, etc. All this will be decided at the Logistics and Planning meetings. Payments of deposits will guarantee your spot on this limited group adventure.

Dry Tortugas.
Dry Tortugas National Park is situated at the southwest corner of the Florida Keys reef system, the third largest in the world. Due to the remote location, and easterly flowing gulf current just south of the park, you are sure to discover a much greater abundance of marine life and often much larger versions than anywhere else in the Florida Keys.

The Dry Tortugas National Park is one of the most amazing places on earth. Situated 70 miles from Key West, it is secluded from most of the pressures of human development. The water is crystal clear and the coral reefs are pristine. Some of the coral structures rise 50ft from the bottom straight up. Fish life is everywhere and there are species you will only find inside the park. Finz has one of the few permits to be able to legally dive inside the National Park, and will safely take you and your dive buddies to dive sites you could never forget.

A trip to the Dry Tortugas National Park with Finz starts early at the shop. It is a 2 hour boat ride to the park. Finz typically arrives at Garden Key and we can tour Fort Jefferson for over an hour before the National Park Ferry, or we can do a quick pit stop to use the bathroom and move on to diving. Generally we can dive 3 tanks if we tour the fort, or 4 tanks if we do not tour the fort.

After we depart Garden Key and head for amazing dive sites in the park. The itinerary will be customized so we dive sites which match your groups preferences. We can visit Loggerhead Key and its lighthouse and have lunch on the beach, head out to Texas Rock for a scuba dive, or go back in time and explore a ship wreck from the early 1900’s. The Finz Dry Tortugas trip is the only day trip that will visit Loggerhead Key and its lighthouse. The windjammer wreck is possibly the most beautiful shipwreck in the U.S. and is only accessible from a private boat or Finz Tortugas trip. Why limit yourself to only the 1 percent of the National Park that is above the water.

This charter typically lasts 10 hours and is an all day adventure. Lunch is provided as well as snacks and water. It is an unforgettable experience that you will cherish for a lifetime.

NPS Dry Torgugas
Finz Dry Tortugas Trip

Scuba Diving the Adolphus Bush from Scubadiving.com

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Dive Trip: Goliath Grouper Aggregation - West Palm Beach

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Goliath groupers (Epinephelus itajara) are the largest predatory, reef-dwelling boney fish in the Tropical Atlantic and Caribbean. A fully mature goliath can grow up to 8 ft in length and weigh as much as 800 pounds. Generally adult goliath groupers are solitary, sedentary and territorial, but once a year they gather off the coast of Palm Beach County to breed. The gathing is called an Aggregation.

The Aggregation takes place from the beginning of August to the beginning of October, and over the last few years gatherings of 50 to 100 Goliath Grouper have been spotted on wrecks.

We will be going to dive in the middle of the Aggregation. This is not a guarantee that we will see the Grouper, but there is a high probability as they tend to happen only at about 5 different sites, and our Captain knows where they are. We will be using Black Flag Charters, who served us well on the March club trip to West Palm Beach.

We will be getting a VRBO(s) or Air B&B(s) for the Weekend, unless people prefer to stay in a hotel. Lodging will probably be down by the Lake Worth area, but we will see what is available as people sign up. I will probably arrive Thursday Night and Leave Monday night. I plan to be working from the unit on Friday and Monday.

I will find out what everyone wants to do at a couple of Logistics and Planning meetings I’m scheduling, so come to one of them. Besides lodging we will have several diving related decisions to make, such as:

  1. Are we going to dive in just the morning for 2 dives, or are we going to do an afternoon trip also to get 4 dives in each day? (not everyone has to do both)
  2. Are we going to reserve some time to dive the Blue Heron Bridge, or double down on the boat diving (not everyone has to do both)
  3. Anyone want to do Night diving with the Grouper?
  4. When would people like to arrive and depart?

I’ll update this post as people let me know what they want to do, but I hope to have details for this trip locked down by April 15.

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Dive Trip - Little Cayman, Cayman Islands

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Little Cayman is a small island with about 250 permanent residents. World famous for it's spectacular diving - especially Bloody Bay Wall. World class diving that all avid divers have on their bucket list.
If you are looking for world-class diving, in the middle of nowhere, with a touch of luxury and a bunch of friends, this is your trip.

The Diving
Bloody Bay Wall
Blooding Bay Wall, is part of an underwater mountain range. It rises out of a 6,000 ft abyss to almost the surface and was rated as one of the best dive sites in the world by Jacques Cousteau.
MV Captain Keith Tibbetts
The Captain Tibbetts is the only Soviet-built warship accessible to divers in the Western Hemisphere.
Jackson’s Bight
Most divers come to Little Cayman for Bloody Bay Wall, but the chutes, tunnels, crevices and reefs that comprise Jackson’s are arguably just as spectacular.

The Resort
Little Cayman Beach Resort has been rated as the number one resort destination in the Caribbean for wall diving, number two for favorite reef diving, and within the top five for advanced diving, sea life and underwater photography. Little Cayman offers over 100 species of coral and more than 500 species of fish just offshore. The on-site Reef Divers has everything needed for the avid diver, including a fleet of modern customized dive boats and professional guides and dive instructors.
· Beachfront Swimming Pool
· Full Service Restaurant
· Full Dive Operation
· Health Spa
· Bicycles
· Directly Beachfront
· White Sand Beach
· Beach & Poolside Lounge Chairs
· Meals Included
· Free Use of Beach Towels
· Poolside Bar
https://caymanvacations.com/little-cayman-beach-resort.shtml

Package Includes
**7 Nights of Accommodations
**Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner (dinner on day of arrival thru breakfast on day of departure)
**6 Days of 2 Tank Boat Dives (12 Dives Total-Tanks & weights included)
**Complimentary WIFI
**Complimentary Use of a Dive Computer
**Welcome Rum Punch
**Manager’s Cocktail Reception
**Airport Ground Transfers
**Hotel Taxes, Fees & Gratuities (hotel and food gratuities only)
Dive Gratuities for Dive Masters and Boat Crew are not included.

Costs
$1,995.00 per person/double occupancy – Pool View Room
$2,719.00 Single Occupancy

$2,345 per person/double occupancy – Ocean Front Room
$3,419.00 Single Occupancy

Non-divers deduct $250.00

If you are traveling solo and are open to sharing a room, let me know and I’ll try to pair you up with another solo traveler.

We have reserved 3 Pool View & 2 Ocean Front Rooms. If you want a particular room, let me know as soon as possible so that I can account for that.

Optional Add-Ons
**21 Drink Package - $200 per person
**5 Days of 1 Tank PM Dives - $250 per person
**Nitrox $10.00 per tank
** 2-night dives per week $70 per person plus gratuity. Sign up once on the island. All night divers are from the boat.

Add-Ons are done individually except for meal/drink packages. Both people in the room need to be on the same meal/drink package. If only one person in a room wants a drink package, they can add that on at the front desk at check-in.

Please note that the costs are the costs quoted to us from the resort. The club does not up-charge like many dive shops do.

Logistics
This package does not include flights. You are responsible for booking all flights

Fly into Grand Cayman (GCM) or Cayman Brac (CYB). From there, catch a Cayman Airways flight to Little Cayman (LYB), for @ $100 each way. Book the Cayman Airways flight as soon as possible as they do fill up.

The flight to and from Little Cayman is a 30-minute flight on a Twin Engine Otter, which is a really “exciting” plane to fly in.

Cayman Airways: www.caymanairways.com

Payments Due
I will confirm your reservation after receiving a 50% deposit for your room. All deposits are due by 6/10 in order for me to provide our commitment to the resort.
Final payment is due on July 10 for the room.

Refund Policy
*Prior to 6/10/22 – 100% Refund
*6/11-8/23
a) Full amount less $500 per room ($250 per individual)
b) If you are a single diver, paired with another single diver, you will be responsible for the difference in cost between the single diver rate and the double-occupancy diver rate
-- After 8/23 – No refund
Note: If we can resell your slot, we will be able to provide you a refund, minus any change fees.
Note: Add-Ons may or may not be refundable. If we receive a refund or a credit form the resort, we will pass that along to you in full.

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