Date: Sunday January 27, 2013
8:00Am Briefing and Waivers
8:30AM Boat Departs
11:30AM Boat Returns
12:00 – Debrief
Dive Charter & Location
3301 Rickenbacker Causeway
Key Biscayne, Florida 33149
How to get There:
Approximate No. of Proposed Divers
Required Diving Qualifications
Open Water Certification
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.
Reef Location will be based on Captains Choice based on weather and Suggestion of Divers.
Air, 21% Oxygen
Boat Description & Amenities
They will provide fresh fruit, sandwiches, water, and juices pauches!
There is pleanty of space under each seat to store your dive bags!
They have a U.S.Coast Guard approved vessel.
All divers will be responsible to rent or bring their own equipment including: Mask, Fins, Snorkle, BC, Regulator with Pressure and Depth Gauge, Computer Device, tanks (with appropriate NITROX mix if applicable), and weights. Complete Gear Reservation form if you need to use the Clubs Gear.
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
Recompression Chamber: Click here to see the list
Hospital & police: 911
Divers Alert Network: 1-919-684-9111