The Change of Flags

Club F.I.U. SCUBA Cats Club
F.I.U. Advanced Program

Spiegal Grove & Duane Change of the Flags Dive

Date: Sunday 3/31/2012
Please register before  2/28/12

Time Schedule 0715– Briefing and Waivers (7:15 am)  0745 – Boat Departs (7:45 am) 1200– Boat Returns (12:00 pm) 1230 – Debrief and lucnh (12:30 pm)

Dive Charter &  Location

Florida Key Dive Center







90451 Old Highway, Tavernier, FL 33070-2349

Florida Keys Dive Center is located at M. M. 90.5, Oceanside, Tavernier, FL 33070-2349.

Click link for direction (

Approximate Number of Proposed Divers 20

Required Diving Qualification NITROX Advanced Open Water, certified to 130 ft. Or Advanced certification if you have a buddy who is also doing air with you.

Dive Site

Spiegel Grove & Duane Dive!

The USS Spiegel Grove is a Landing Ship Dock (LSD 32), which has been sunk to create an artificial reef in Key Largo. The vessel is 510 feet in length, 84 feet wide.

The largest vessel ever intentionally sunk is the USS Spiegel Grove, a 510-foot landing ship dock. To give a better visual understanding of the immensity of this ship, she is roughly equivalent in length to two football fields.

The Spiegel Grove was named after President Rutherford B. Hayes’s Ohio estate and was launched in 1955. She was later cleaned and sunk in 2002 in 130-feet of water near Dixie Shoals in Key Largo. Depths range from 60 to 130 feet with the majority of the ship lying between 80 and 90 feet.

The sinking of the Spiegel Grove is an extraordinary tale. Her sinking was scheduled for Friday, May 17, 2002 at approximately 2:00pm. However, she had a mind of her own and prematurely began to sink, rolled over, and remained upside down for several days with her bow protruding from the water. A salvage team managed to fully sink the vessel three weeks later, but she came to rest on her starboard side rather than keel-up as hoped. Later efforts to right the ship failed despite the best efforts of all involved, including two very determined tugs. Then three years later, much to the surprise of the entire diving community, Hurricane Dennis righted the 510-foot ship with seas over 20 feet and a driving current. She now rests keel-up, fully dignified and ready for new adventures! Mooring buoys allow divers an easy tie-in and a steady hold. The lines are attached to the ship and allow divers to travel down them until they reach the hull. This is a very popular site. Divers will need multiple dives to become oriented and it may take countless dives for one to be able to experience all that this massive vessel has to offer. This is a great dive for using multi-level diving techniques and offers an incredible opportunity for exploration and excitement. This is a dive not to be missed. The reef formation that has arisen is impressive and has fostered growth of much pelagic life.

Dive Profile

Being generated

Weather TBA

Tank Mixture NITROX, 32% Oxygen

Boat Description and Amenities








The Orion, a pristine 46 foot custom designed dive boat.

US Coast Guard Approved Vessel, they provide fresh fruit, water, showers.

Special Scuba Cat Member Rate


34.99$/diver for charter (includes any tax and crew tip!)
57$/ diver for charter & nitrox 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.

Scuba Cats, if you own your own tanks, you can fill them for free before or after the dive at Fill Express  or at Underwater Unlimited (contact your president to arrange this)

Must register before 2/28/12

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. The cost to non-members will be 49.9$ for the dive charter only (including any taxes and crew tips), or 71.95$ for the dive charter and tanks only (including any taxes and crew tips).

Rental equiptment specials: Equiptment rental specials are being arranged for you with the dive shop if you need it.

Equipment All divers will be responsible to rent or bring their own equiptment including: Mask, Fins, Snorkle, BC, Regulator with Pressure and Depth Gauge, Timing Device, tanks (with appropriate NITROX mix if applicable), LIGHTS and weights. DON’T FORGET SNACKS, TOWEL,AND OBVIOUSLY YOUR 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

Emergency Contacts

Recompression Chamber: Click here to see the list

Hospital & Police: 911

Divers Alert Network:  1-919-684-9111

Any hazardous conditions anticipated Mild to strong current. All divers will adhere to the Clubs Safe Diving Practices. Emergency oxygen for first aid will be available aboard the boat.

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