nice dive in Fort Lauderdale...

Discussion in 'Florida Diving' started by Icarusflies, Sep 19, 2006.

  1. Icarusflies

    Icarusflies Barracuda

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    Hello All;

    I would like to do an interesting easy dive, 70' or so, maybe the United Caribbean.... Can you recommend an OP in the Forth Lauderdale area.

    Thanks
     
  2. Tienuts

    Tienuts Scuba Instructor

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    Captain Brian on Scubatyme out of Pompano. Great guy, great boat.
     
  3. Icarusflies

    Icarusflies Barracuda

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    ok, i see that many people have posted the same question. What do you think about http://www.southfloridadiving.com and how about the United Caribbean wreck dive
     
  4. deepstops

    deepstops Blacklight Poster ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    I like Parrot Island Scuba, especially if price is a factor. I think he's still only $45.
    If you want to have the best possible experience, try Avid Diver Charters or the Miss Conduct (both six-pack boats) .

    The United Caribbean has some history. Her original name was Golden Venture. Here's a story of the trajedy that took place onboard: http://goldsea.com/Asiagate/604/27golden.html

    You can google "golden venture chinese" and find a ton of hits. While to many she's just another little wreck in Broward County, this one is actually a bit more. :(

    Then you can move over to the Ancient Mariner, which was the former USCGC Nemesis and then turned into a restaurant on the Fort Lauderdale's New River and home to an outbreak hepatistis while also sinking at the dock a couple of times.
     
  5. del_mo

    del_mo Scuba Instructor

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    I dove with SouthFlorida for a week last year and enjoyed them very much, especially if you get on their little boat Safari Diver. They don't use DM's (or at least didn't we I dove). You get a dive flag and they come to you when you surface. They also have pontoon cattle boats, so be aware.
     
  6. ReneeC

    ReneeC Scuba Instructor

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    American Dream in Fort Lauderdale is a great operation and not so far if you are in Miami.

    Just off the 836 going East is also The Dive Stop and they are great guys! The boat goes both north into Fort Lauderdale and south into the Miami Wrecks.
     
  7. Icarusflies

    Icarusflies Barracuda

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    Thank you for the info
     
  8. Sandbar

    Sandbar Surface Interval Member

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    I second Parrot Island and American Dream II both. Both good ops with good crews.
     
  9. HowardE

    HowardE Tech Instructor

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    I dived with S FL diving... Their small boat is good. Not a "cattle boat" - it was inexpensive, and convenient. Haven't done the United Caribbean yet, but i hear it's not that great.
     
  10. SFLDiver

    SFLDiver Manta Ray

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    United Carrib is nice ... well ... at least before it got shifted from last year's hurricanes.
    I haven't been on it recently.

    On a good dive with little current you -might- be able to get in both the UC and Sea Emperor as they are connected by a line of rocks, and ye might be visited by the big green moray that often travels those rocks.
     
  11. evad

    evad Orca

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    Dixie Divers is going to the United Caribbean Friday (the 22nd).
     
  12. tech108diver

    tech108diver Nassau Grouper

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    Ft. Lauderdale is a local fav for me.

    We have dove with the "Miss conduct" and "paroit island"
    Both where great and I like Capt. Conrad from Miss conduct.

    there are two great ships around there one is the Ancient Mariner and the Sea Emperor

    the Mariner is neat because its shallow and you can safely go threwout the entire ship. check out the huge connecting rod in whats left of the engine room.
     
  13. Icarusflies

    Icarusflies Barracuda

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    I have booked with South Florida Diving....we ll do the United Caribean and a drift dive which I have never done...I have heard that drifts are great. Also this is my first dive in Fort Lauderdale.
     
  14. HowardE

    HowardE Tech Instructor

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    Drift diving is great. You'll enjoy it.
     
  15. Bosch

    Bosch Angel Fish

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    Hello all,

    Sorry for the slight thread drift, but what is the typical visibility in Ft Lauderdale area in the winter months? We've never been there, but we can get pretty cheap airfare at the moment and are thinking of booking.

    Thanks,

    Bosch

    *edit* Forgot to ask about water temps and wetsuit requirements.
     
  16. Bosch

    Bosch Angel Fish

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    *edit* Forgot to ask about water temps and wetsuit requirements.
     
  17. Icarusflies

    Icarusflies Barracuda

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    Well, I drift dove and I hated it...the flag was a major pain. Maybe I did not handle the flar well but I did not enjoy the dive.

    For what I heard about water temp in winter is around 75 and they recomend 5 mm wetsuits.
     
  18. tech108diver

    tech108diver Nassau Grouper

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    the viz stays about the same 30-50 feet in 40-60feet of water and getting better a bit deeper. a 5/3 full suite with a hood should keep you going strong.
     

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