Belzona Barge & Reef Dive

Date
Sunday September 23, 2012

You MUST register/pay for the dive before Tuesday  09/18/12 at 11:59PM

 Time Schedule
0830 – Briefing and Waivers
0900 – Boat Departs
1230 – Boat Returns
0100 – Debrief and lunch
Dive charter & Location

Aquatic Explorers
3301 Rickenbacker Causeway
Key Biscayne, Florida 33149
(305) 851.8180 or (305) 807.2857

How to get there:

Map it

Approximate Number of Proposed Divers
10

Required Diving Qualification
Open Water Certification

Dive Site

Belzona Barge 

This 115 foot steel barge was originally sunk in 72FT of water, just north of the South Seas, in August of 1991. However, in August of 1992, Hurricane Andrew moved her to only about 40 feet of water.

Like most of the barges, it inverted when it was blown up by the Miami Bomb Squad, and rests upside down on the bottom. The wreck is extremely dark inside and it is not a good idea to try to penetrate it, but there is a great deal of surface area to explore. The top of the wreck, which is really the bottom of the hull, is fully covered with soft corals and the flowing gorgonians constantly waving in the current, make the wreck look more like a coral reef than a rusty old vessel.

Located within fairly easy swimming distance of the Belzona Barge (80 feet to the south) is the Belzona Two, a 90 foot steel tug boat sunk in February of 1991 which sits in about 60 feet of water. Both these wrecks are surrounded by sand and a set of rebar leads you from one to the next.

In the winter, you will frequently see a school of tarpon swimming around these wrecks. They are large, shiny and quite curious, often just noticable on the verge of your visibility.

Dive Profile

Dive #1

Depth 35ft – 60min

Depth 45ft – 75+min (Contingency)

Dive#2

Depth 30ft – 60min

Dive will be more likely limited by air consomption rather than by time.

Tank Mixture
AIR, 21% Oxygen Nitrox

Weather

TBA

Boat Description and Amenities

They will provide fresh fruit, sandwiches, water, and juice pouches!
There is plenty of space  under each seat to store your dive bags!
They have a U.S.Coast Guard approved vessel.
Miami Scuba Diving Charters Aquatic Explorers New Launch of boat Explorer I

Equipment
All divers will be responsible to rent or bring their own equipment including: Mask, Fins, snorkel, BC, Regulator with Pressure and Depth Gauge, Computer or timing device, tanks (with appropriate NITROX mix if applicable), and weights. Most importantly, your SCUBA CERTIFICATION CARD!

The club does have some equipment to rent at a very low rate, please contact a club officer to arrange. Availability is on a first come first come basis.

The week of the dive, we will provide you with detailed information for places you can go rent your equipment at a discounted rate if you need it.

Special Scuba Cat Member Rate

 35$/diver for charter (includes any tax and crew tip!)
50$/ diver for charter & tanks (includes any tax and crew tip!)

These rates do not exist, they are ONLY available through the club made possible by the club membership fees!  Contact the club for any questions.

 50$/ Guest diver for charter (includes any tax and crew tip!)
70$/ Guest diver for charter & tanks (includes any tax and crew tip!)

Must register before 9/18/12

Not a member? Sign up Now! Click here.
Not an FIU student, faculty or Alumni? Friends of the scuba cats can participate in all of our dives if spots on the boat are available after our club divers sign up.  

Decompression status and repetitive dive plans
All dives are planned for no decompression

Special Safety procedures
Predive Briefing
Arrangement of dive buddies. No club member can dive alone.
Dive buddy checks

Emergency Contacts

Recompression Chamber: Click here to see the list
Hospital & police:
911
Divers Alert Network: 1-919-684-9111

Any hazardous conditions anticipated
All divers will adhere to the Clubs Safe Diving Practices. Emergency oxygen for first aid will be available aboard theboat, and on shore dives.

 

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