• 12/19 Lady Luck and a Reef
    https://youtu.be/7QH2c9AB1iE The max depth is 133', so AOW is required and Nitrox recommended. (60.00 online) Dive safely, enjoy life, have fun and Win Big ! * The Newtown Creek, recently made its voyage from New York City to Pompano Beach. The tug boat that brought the future artificial reef vessel from NYC to Pompano Beach is the Kirsten Grace. This vessel is a large tanker ship that was sold by the City of New York to The Shipwreck Park Foundation at a greatly reduced price. Because it has been a publicly owned ship, it requires far less environmental cleanup prior to sinking, which is typically the largest part of the expenditure in artificial reef projects. A highly experienced team, with a proven track record of sinking ships for artificial reefs, has been working with the foundation to help accomplish this project. Scheduled for mid-July 2016, the 324-foot ship renamed Lady Luck of the Isle will sink, creating a range of diving experiences from[masked] feet below the surface and about 1.5 miles east of the Pompano Beach Pier in "Ship Wreck Park". The transformed ship will become an underwater habitat: a haven for fish, as well as scuba divers. Prominent Pompano Beach artist Dennis MacDonald is creating a mock underwater casino, complete with poker tables, roulette tables and slot machines on the main deck. This underwater casino will be the largest of its kind in the world. It will be a unique underwater experience and provide many diver photo opportunities with a rotating gallery display of locally produced underwater artwork. The ship will join several other ships already deployed in the area creating opportunities for multi-wreck dives at Ship Wreck Park! This has quickly become one of my favorite wrecks in South Florida. Since Hurricane Irma she has been very fishy! We often see a resident Goliath Grouper, Reef Shark, and a pregnant Bull Shark hanging out. There are also countless barracuda and we often see good sized lionfish as well. Strong currents are pretty common so if you plan to bring any hunting gear please be experienced with wreck diving and using a descent line. Rental gear available at the dive shop. http://goldcoastscuba.net/rentals/

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    125 North Riverside Drive · Pompano Beach, FL

    $60.00
  • 12/19 Dive or Snorkel the Copenhagen and the Nursery ! (Max Depth 25')
    We all know these are exciting dives! I've done this dive a couple hundred times and I still enjoy it. You never know what you will see here. We see more juvenile fish here than any other site. Its amazing the transformation these fish go through as they reach adulthood. I recommend buffing up on your Fish ID skills to truly appreciate the diversity of life at these dive sites. I once saw a school of Cobia (12 of them) while I was in the middle of teaching an Open Water check-out dive. There has also been an 8ft Hammerhead and a Manta Ray spotted within the past 6 months! If you have not dove the Copenhagen in a while she looks completely different since Hurricane Irma. A great trip to get back into it, if you haven't dove in awhile and the shallow depth allows you to skip a surface interval which means less time on the boat and more time in the water. $60.00 online Bring a snorkeling guest for just $30.00 + tax + rental gear. Rental gear available at dive shop. http://goldcoastscuba.net/rentals/ Have fun!

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    Sands Harbor Resort & Marina, Inc.

    125 North Riverside Drive · Pompano Beach, FL

    $61.00
  • Morning Beach Dive - Lauderdale-By-The-Sea !!!
    http://magicseaweed.com/Fort-Lauderdale-Surf-Report/837/ http://www.swellinfo.com/surf-forecast/fort-lauderdale-florida https://vimeo.com/48039489 Lauderdale by the Sea has an amazing reef. The best part about it is that it is about 100 yards from shore so there is no big surface swim. This dive is all in 15 to 20 feet of water so it is great for beginners or people who need a bit of confidence building. You can also swim out further to the drop-off if you'd like. Parking is $1.50 / hr and you need quarters (bring $4 worth to be safe). You can also park a block away. The flag rental is on the house if you need one. The store opens at 8am on the weekends, The store opens at 10 am on weekdays. 259 Commercial Blvd.. Dive safely, enjoy life and have fun !

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  • 12/19 Dive or Snorkel the Copenhagen and the Nursery ! (Max Depth 25')
    We all know these are exciting dives! I've done this dive a couple hundred times and I still enjoy it. You never know what you will see here. We see more juvenile fish here than any other site. Its amazing the transformation these fish go through as they reach adulthood. I recommend buffing up on your Fish ID skills to truly appreciate the diversity of life at these dive sites. I once saw a school of Cobia (12 of them) while I was in the middle of teaching an Open Water check-out dive. There has also been an 8ft Hammerhead and a Manta Ray spotted within the past 6 months! If you have not dove the Copenhagen in a while she looks completely different since Hurricane Irma. A great trip to get back into it, if you haven't dove in awhile and the shallow depth allows you to skip a surface interval which means less time on the boat and more time in the water. $60.00 online Bring a snorkeling guest for just $30.00 + tax + rental gear. Rental gear available at dive shop. http://goldcoastscuba.net/rentals/ Have fun!

    Sands Harbor Resort & Marina, Inc.

    125 North Riverside Drive · Pompano Beach, FL

    $60.00
  • 12/19 The Sea Emperor and a Reef !!!
    https://youtu.be/NugbpGyl8zk We are doing a 2 tank dive with South Florida Diving Headquarters! (About 3 miles North of GCS) The boat charter is $55 + tax.Professional Dive Boat Operator with at least 1 divemaster on board. The first dive will be the wreck of the Sea Emperor and sits in 70' of water (the top of the barge is about 60' deep) and is referred to as the "AQUAZOO" because of the abundance of marine life typically seen there including stingrays, moray eels, Goliath grouper, Nurse sharks, etc... If not much current is present you could possibly swim to the United Caribbean wreck following an easy trail of boulders that are also home to a lot of critters. One day there wasn't much to see on the Sea Emperor (very unusual), so I followed the boulders Southeast towards the United Caribbean and came across 3 dive buddies swimming together - a big southern stingray with a cobia swimming above it and the largest turtle I ever saw. The second dive will be a Reef. On these wrecks I've seen: schools of blue Parrot fish, Cobia, Tarpon, a Cubera Snapper that was about 100 lbs., Goliath Grouper, Moray Eel, Hogfish, Glassy Sweepers, Batfish, etc.. $60.00 online... Air tanks can be picked up at the shop for $10.00 each (80cf). Nitrox tanks (80cf) are $15.00 each. Please reserve Nitrox tanks at least a day in advance with GCS [masked]. Rental gear available at the dive shop. http://goldcoastscuba.net/rentals/ Dive safely, enjoy life and have fun!!!

    Sands Harbor Resort & Marina, Inc.

    125 North Riverside Drive · Pompano Beach, FL

    $60.00
  • Twilight Wreck (70' deep) and Night Reef Dives
    Experienced Night Divers or AOW Divers are welcome! 2 dives for just $60.00 http://goldcoastscuba.net/rentals/

    Sands Harbor Resort & Marina, Inc.

    125 North Riverside Drive · Pompano Beach, FL

    $60.00
  • 12/20 Dive the Rodeo 25 and a Reef !!!
    Description: This Dutch freighter is 215' long with a 33' beam. The twin mast, towering over the wheelhouse rise to 68', creating a great opportunity for photographers getting silhouette shots. Bait balls usually congregate around the mast as jacks and other predators swoop in. It is a fascinating show. The forward mast was laid over to the starboard in the sand during a storm. This wreck is extremely popular! https://youtu.be/s65_Y9-lhZ0 Depth range: 80' - 126'. Suggested Skill Level: Advanced Open Water Diver or equivalent experience. History: This ship was built in 1956 as the Nore. In 1969 she was sold and renamed Booker Trojan; in 1976 she was renamed Caricom Adventurer and then renamed once again Cari Gulf Venture. In 1986 she was renamed Windward Trader. The Windward Trader became a derelict on the Miami River and was sunk as an artificial reef on May 12, 1990. Almost 100,000 spectators witnessed the event which was timed to celebrate the Pompano Beach Fishing Rodeo's 25th, anniversary. The second dive will be a reef 60' 60.00 Nitrox tank rentals (all sizes) are now available at GCS.. Dive safely, enjoy life and have

    Sands Harbor Resort & Marina, Inc.

    125 North Riverside Drive · Pompano Beach, FL

    $60.00
  • 12/20 Dive the Okinawa Wreck and a Reef !!! (Open Water Certification is Okay)
    Description: The Okinawa is a 107' x 26' 6" Army Tug. Displacement loaded is 350 tons. Okinawa was equipped with a 40,000 lb Fairbanks Morse engine. The propeller is 8' in diameter and weighs over 2,000 lbs. The bow points to the south and and is sitting perfectly upright in 69'. The tug rises to 35' at the top of the pilot house. Okinawa was sunk by Shipwreck Park Inc. and is the 18th wreck in Shipwreck Park Pompano Beach. Renowned artist Dennis McDonald created whimsical dive bar called the Midnight Sun. The name was chosen by Finlandia Vodka the sinking project's largest sponsor. The dive bar includes sea creatures and a magical mermaid holding a "Gazing Globe". As you look into the globe you see your reflection reminding all of us we need to be the stewards of the ocean. You can actually penetrate the opening in front of the wheelhouse and swim into the engine room and up and out through the dive bar! History: LT 1970 was manufactured by Higgins Ind. for the U.S. Army and was completed in October of 1953. LT 1970 was later named Okinawa, after the battle of Okinawa. The picture below shows U.S. Army tug LT-1970 tows USS Cassin Young (DD-793) from Philadelphia to Boston in June 1978 following the destroyer’s loan to the National Park Service as a memorial ship. The move of the vessel was undertaken as an Army Reserve training exercise. The U.S. Army sold the Okinawa in 2003. It is about 65' deep to the sand lying West of the Lady Luck 61. online Dive safely, enjoy life and have fun! http://goldcoastscuba.net/rentals/

    Sands Harbor Resort & Marina, Inc.

    125 North Riverside Drive · Pompano Beach, FL

    $61.00
  • Morning Beach Dive - Lauderdale-By-The-Sea !!!
    http://magicseaweed.com/Fort-Lauderdale-Surf-Report/837/ http://www.swellinfo.com/surf-forecast/fort-lauderdale-florida https://vimeo.com/48039489 Lauderdale by the Sea has an amazing reef. The best part about it is that it is about 100 yards from shore so there is no big surface swim. This dive is all in 15 to 20 feet of water so it is great for beginners or people who need a bit of confidence building. You can also swim out further to the drop-off if you'd like. Parking is $1.50 / hr and you need quarters (bring $4 worth to be safe). You can also park a block away. The flag rental is on the house if you need one. The store opens at 8am on the weekends, The store opens at 10 am on weekdays. 259 Commercial Blvd.. Dive safely, enjoy life and have fun !

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  • 12/20 The Ancient Mariner and a Reef !!!
    We will be diving the Ancient Mariner wreck (60' at the deck - 70' to the bottom) and depending on current, you can also swim to the Berry Patch. On these wrecks I've seen: schools of blue Parrot fish, Cobia, Tarpon, a Cubera Snapper that was about 100 lbs., Goliath Grouper, Moray Eel, Hogfish, Glassy Sweepers, Batfish, etc.. The second dive will be a reef. Air tanks can be picked up at the shop for $10.00 each (80cf) or $15.00 each (100cf). Nitrox tanks (80cf) are $15.00 each. Please reserve Nitrox tanks at least a day in advance with GCS [masked]. Rentals: http://www.goldcoastscuba.net/rentals

    Sands Harbor Resort & Marina, Inc.

    125 North Riverside Drive · Pompano Beach, FL

    $61.00