South Beach-Princess Britney & Proteus

Friday      8/06/2011

7:15 Am

Dive Location

Tarpoon Dive Center
RJ Diving Ventures
Boat docked at Miami Beach Marina
300 Alton Road
Miami Beach  FL 33139

From I-95, exit eastbound on I-395 (MacArthur Causway) to Miami Beach. Turn right after the big bridge on Alton Road for one block, then turn right into Miami Beach Marina, 300 Alton Road. You will see our boat directly in front on you on the dock where you can pull up and unload your gear. We are by Tarpoon Dive Shop and Monty’s. Parking is next door in the lot next to Monty’s.

Approximate Number of Proposed Divers

Required Diving Qualification
Advanced NITROX Open Water, certified to 130 ft & EANx 32

Dive Site
Princess Britney followed by  the Proteus 

The Princess Britney,  a one-time drug-smuggling ship is now part of South Florida’s artificial reef. U.S. Customs seized the 165-foot Princess Britney during Operation River Walk when they say they found 156 kilograms of cocaine hidden underneath the deck of the engine room. The Princess Britney was sunk around 3.5 miles off the coast of Key Biscayne. The ship came to rest on a sandy bottom about 90 feet below the surface.

(some one find me a better pic, thanks!)
The Proteus, a 220-ft steel freighter with its superstructure removed is spectacular due to its sheer size and huge propeller. Clean-up help was provided in association with NAUI prior to its sinking in July, 1985. Hurricane Andrew broke the Proteus in half so now the bow and stern face the same direction, with the mid-ship flattened and the bow on its side. Plenty of growth on the Proteus provides a habitat for fish, offering excellent photographic opportunities.

Dive Profile

Tank Mixture
Nitrox, 32% Oxygen. Air is will not be used due to a STRICT 35 & 11 minute dive time.

Charter Service
RJ Diving Ventures, Inc.
Special Rates on BC, Reg, Weights, & tanks via Tarpoon Diving Center

Boat Description and Amenities

Big Com-Oceanis a 46-foot custom Newton dive boat, built in Slidell, Louisiana in May 2004 and designed to make diving comfortable and fun for divers of all experience levels. She uses twin 3126 Caterpillar engines at 385 hp each, giving us speeds of over 20 knots with a full load of divers. She has 2 levels so that our guests can enjoy plenty of sunshine or stay in the shade!

They carry a full first aid kit aboard, a backboard, and plenty of oxygen in the unlikely event of a diving accident.

The vessel has a clean and accessible marine head as well as fresh water showers. We provide cold, filtered drinking water with cups as well as a larger cooler with ice. You may bring whatever you like for diving nourishment. There is a deli market at the marina for sandwiches, snacks and drinks. Many divers bring a beer or two to keep in the cooler for après dive enjoyment! US Coast Guard Approved Vessel.

All divers will be responsible to rent or bring their own equiptment including: Mask, Fins, Snorkle, BC, Regulator with Pressure and Depth Gauge, A DIVE COMPUTER, tanks (with appropriate NITROX mix if applicable), and weights.

Special Scuba Cat Member Rate
35$/diver for charter
Special equiptment rates are being worked on with Tarpoon Dive center.

These rates are only through the club! Contact the club to set it 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:
Divers Alert Network:

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

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