We took a trip out to “Spankey’s” and Capt. Pete’s Reef yesterday. What an amazing afternoon of diving! Great visibility and tons of life. 7 nurse sharks on Pete’s and some beautiful life at “Spankey’s”. The grunts were so heavy at Pete’s you could barely see parts of the reefs. Congratulations to Joe B. from Canada on earning his PADI Open Water certification.
We had a wonderful past weekend with a group of divers from Divers Supply in Jacksonville, FL. The weather was beautiful and the diving was nothing other than fun! Thank you to everyone for coming down and joining us!
News and Information From the Monroe County Tourist Development Council Admiral Allen: BP/Transocean Well Intercept Completed
In a statement released late Thursday night, National Incident Commander Admiral Thad Allen confirmed that the Development Driller III relief well has intersected the BP/Transocean Maconodo well in the northern Gulf of Mexico. “Through a combination of sensors, embedded in the drilling equipment and sophisticated instrumentation capable of sensing distance to the well casing, BP engineers and the federal science team have concluded that the Development Driller III relief well has intersected the Macondo well,” Allen said. “This determination was made based on a loss of drilling fluids that indicated communication had been established beyond the relief well, the pressure exerted against the drill bit as it came in contact with the well casing and, finally, an increase in pressure in the choke line of the Macondo well blowout preventer.” “Accordingly, we intend to proceed with preparation to cement the annulus and complete the bottom kill of the well,” he said. The “bottom kill” is the final step in a long process to permanently seal the well that gushed millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico between April 20 and July 15. No significant amounts of oil have leaked into the Gulf of Mexico since July 15 when a cap was installed on a failed blowout preventer. There have been no reported physical oil impacts to the Florida Keys, according to Coast Guard officials.
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A customer came by our shop the other day to share some great pictures. Thank you David Laporte from Clinton Township, Michigan for stoping by and sharing. Tom and Pam Timmerman certified David as a PADI Open Water Diver back in 1982, the year before Florida Keys Dive Center opened. Does anyone remember the name of the shop they were with that year? Check out Tom’s Beard!
The Florida Keys is the Diving Capital of the world, from Key Largo, Tavernier, Islamorada, Marathon and Key West, amazing reefs and wrecks abound. All the diving a diver could ever want, and it’s right here in the U.S. The Florida Keys has the dives that divers dreams are made of. Enjoy the underwater video.
Coral spawn of 2oo9. Florida Keys Dive center is planning to do another week of diving this year to try and catch the coral spawn again off Key Largo. They will be doing night dives starting on August 26 for 4 nights and hopefully catch the coral spawn again this year.
When you're a new diver, it can be a little bit intimidating at first with all the new things you are expected to learn. At least it was for me, especially when we started discussing the science and math aspects of diving.