Key West Wreck Extravaganza: April 15, 16, 17
World-Class diving aboard the MV SPREE
Vandenberg / Curb / Cayman / Wilkes Barre
Hosted by: Steve Lewis and Joel Silverstein
Technical Wreck Diving at its best in the 80 degree/ 100 foot visibility waters off Florida's Southernmost tip. This is your chance to enjoy three days of technical wreck diving under the mentorship of two well-known, well-respected and very experienced trimix wreck divers; Joel Silverstein and Steve Lewis.
Diving starts with three exploratory dives on the second largest artificial reef in the world, the USAFS Vandenberg (depths between 60-140 ft.). Day two we move on to the USS Curb (depths 135-170 ft) and Cayman Salvager, (110 ft) ; and the highlight of the trip will be two dives on the USS Wilkes-Barre (depths 160-208 ft).
This is world-class wreck diving without the need to bring your passport and without the hassles of overseas flights. Just Fly to Miami and drive down through the beautiful Florida Keys or just fly into Key West!
Training Also Available
Joel and Steve will be running courses during the expedition and spots are available to qualified candidates:
TDI Trimix Instructor Program $ 1350
TDI Trimix Diver Program $ 995
TDI Trimix Refresher Course $ 350
Spots on this trip are limited first-come first served. Participants enrolled in diver education program will take preference for booking. ALL participants must hold TDI Trimix certification or equivalent.
The wrecks that we will visit on this trip sit in the clear waters of the Gulf current. The wrecks support abundant fish and other marine life. The strength of the currents on all three wrecks is variable and will play a role in our dive plans. Although newly sunk, the Vandenberg is well known and has become a popular site.
Our other destinations are considered more technical and are visited less often. The Curb, located south of the Cayman Salvager, is a 300-foot naval salvaging tug sunk as an artificial reef in the mid-eighties. She sits upright in 185 feet of water and offers great penetration and navigational skills testing opportunities. The Cayman Salvage Master was a 187 foot long mine layer converted to a buoy tender. She sits uprite in 110 feet of water.
The Wilkes Barre is the gold standard for ALL Florida's many technical wrecks. This historic vessel is more than 600 feet long, and sank after being used to test underwater demolition in 1972. She is broken in two pieces, with the larger stern section upright in 250 ft of water, and the bow sitting on its starboard side a short distance away.
OUR DIVING PLATFORM AND ACCOMMODATIONS
The MV Spree is owned and operated by Captain Frank Wasson and his wife Admiral Melanie Wasson. This team are a joy to travel with and are among the most experienced live-aboard crews operating in the US.
The MV Spree's dimensions are: Length: 100 feet; Beam: 22 feet; and Draft: 7feet. She has berthing for 24 passengers but space will the limited to 12 passengers for this trip. The main salon is 17 x 15 feet with a large rear dive platform 6 x 21 feet.
We dock each evening in Key West and you can disembark for frivolities on land.
THE PACKAGE INCLUDES:
� 4 nights lodging (arrive Thursday Night - Leave Monday morning)
� Food and non-alcoholic beverages
� Three days of technical diving, with a total of eight dives planned
� Gas fills / (cylinders for those flying in )
� Divers must provide their own gear
� Transportation not included
� Gratuities not included.
� No changes to the package as shown and no refunds will be granted for unused services
Charter Price : $1200.00 per person
Divers need to have Trimix cert or training is available.
Details on the website at THIS LINK
This will be a fun and exciting weekend. We hope you can join us. E-mail if you have questions.