Proteus and Paraiso Wreck (Open water)

Date: Saturday 17, 2012

Time Schedule
0800 – Briefing and Waivers
0830 – Boat Departs
1230 – Boat Returns
0100 – Debrief and lunch

Dive charter & Location

Aquatic Explorers
3301 Rickenbacker Causeway
Key Biscayne, Florida 33149

How to get there:

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Approximate Number of Proposed Divers

Required Diving Qualification

Open Water

Dive Sites

– Proteus

Unfortunately this Caribbean venture failed and after bankruptcy in 1980 the freighter sat on Miami River for 5 years before being acquired for the Maimi-Dade County’s Artificial Reef when volunteers for the program stripped and cleaned the 220 foot freighter ready for sinking in 1985.

After sinking this ship came to rest at a depth of 75 feet not far from another well known Miami wreck the Biscayne Freighter, but as with a lot of wrecks in the Miami area the wreck was damaged during Hurricane Andrew in 1992 which resulted in the wreck being scattered in large pieces over the area providing additional refuge and home to Miami’s marine life.

With this freighter having been sunk since 1985 there is now an abundance of sponges, corals and a vast amount of marine life gathered around this popular artificial reef and with the relatively shallow depth this makes for a good second dive if you are wreck diving in Miami.


Dive Profile

Dive #1

Depth 70ft – 20min

SIT: 1:00hr


Depth 60ft – 20min

Tank Mixture AIR, 21% Oxygen Nitrox



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.

Aquatic Explorer

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!

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