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HAPPY HOUR TIME Come on out and talk about diving! Dogwood has a great selection of craft beer on draft and in bottles, as well as wine and liquor. They also have good food. And a really nice covered outdoor area for while the weather is still good, plus a nice, big indoors for once the weather drives us all inside. Booo! :-) This meetup changed from Tuesday to Thursday. So, now it is the first THURSDAY of each month. The new location (as of July 3, 2017) is the Dogwood Tavern, 1/2 a block from the old location (Clare and Don's).
I am putting together a trip to Wrightsville Beach, NC, (Wilmington area) for President's Day weekend. My thoughts are 2 days of wreck diving (one shallower and one a little deeper, but still less than 100') and 1 day of Megalodon Tooth diving. Going out on the Ledge Tender, of Wrightsville Beach Diving. https://wbdiving.com/ The last time I did the Meg Tooth dives with this charter boat, everyone on the boat came back with at least one good tooth. Actually, I had the least with one really nice 4" Meg tooth. Most people had several nice ones. One of my buddies had a whole bag full, including 2 really nice 6" ones! The boat is a 6 pack, so the trip will be limited to 6 divers. Unless there are 12 people that want to go and WBD might be able to get another boat to go with us. I have just gotten the details from the boat captain. The boat is available for all 3 days. The cost is lower than I guessed. $580 per person. And that could change while we're there. That price is based on a 2-tank dive closer in, then a 2-tank dive a little further out, then a 3-tank dive on the Outer Ledge for Meg teeth. We will have the boat to ourselves and can change up the plans on the fly. If we end up, for example, only doing 2 tanks on the Meg tooth dive, or if we go to the the Inner Ledge, which is closer (or both), the price would be less and we'd get a little money back. If you need tanks, WBD can provide them. Nitrox is highly recommended. They offer steel 100s and 120s (which are highly preferred over aluminum 80s - take 5 or 6 pounds of weight off your belt and have a lot more gas to boot!). If you rent Nitrox tanks from them, they are $20 per tank. If you bring your own tanks, we can get fills at a nearby shop and they are (estimated) $11 for a Nitrox fill in a steel 100, $12 for Nitrox in a 120. So, if you just plan to rent tanks from them for the whole time, figure 7 dives at $20 per dive for the tank rental and fill (assuming Nitrox). I.e. an additional $140 for tanks and fills for the whole weekend. Max depth would be for the Meg tooth dives at 100 - 105 feet. Jan - Feb is the time of year where they have the coldest water temps. I'm expecting the temp on the bottom to between around 58 but could be as low as 55. Depending on your metabolism and bioprene that could mean anything from a 5mm to a drysuit. For most people, you'd probably want a 7mm wetsuit, with a thin hood and gloves. I am an instructor, so if anyone is interested in getting their AOW, Wreck, Deep, or Nitrox certs as part of this trip, I can help you with that. For Nitrox, we should actually get you done before the trip. No dives required for that. If I get enough people to do the trip, I will find us a hotel near the marina so we can all stay close and hang out together in the evenings. Who is interested in doing this?