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Reef Report: July 11th - North Tavernier with Capt. Slate's

Dive 1: Molasses deep reef drift, seas 3-4', vis. 80' water temp. 85 degrees, depth 70-90', current slight. Sightings include- school (12-15, very rare) of majestic eagle rays, loggerhead turtle, cruising nurse shark, moray eels, giant barrel sponges, schooling blue chromis.

Dive 2: Dive 2  mechanical problems with dive boat prevented the 2nd dive. ADA members will be compensated. Those affected please call Lon at 305-251-4975 or email for details. 

-- ADA Safety Officer Lon Von Lintel
Molasses Reef photo courtesy of ADA member Rachel Davis
Make Plans for the next ADA Coral Restoration Foundation Coral Planting Dive September 19!

On Saturday, September 19th, ADA members will once again meet in Key Largo to participate in planting corals with the Coral Restoration Foundation. We welcome your participation in this rewarding event volunteering for this worthy cause. 

The day will begin with a lecture on corals including their physical structure, how they grow, and why they die, and why they are important to the ocean eco-system. After the lecture, the divers will be taught how to prepare the coral “seedlings” for growth and how to plant them on the reef. Using mock-ups of the underwater world, each aspect of the coral planting process will be demonstrated and practiced in a controlled environment.

Following a delicious lunch we will travel by dive boat to the CRF's coral nursery to harvest the baby corals for planting. The event concludes with the second dive where we actually outplant the baby corals onto the reef.

Call Lon at to sign up for the dive. To read more about the Coral Restoration Foundation, go to
Anyone who wants to car pool with other ADA members send your email and phone number to Lon and he will make it available to others who wish to share the ride. Email Lon at

Dives are filling up fast!

Conditions are great so don't miss out on your favorite dive spots. Make plans to join us now. It's as easy as 1, 2, 3:

1. Choose your dives below or see the complete dive schedule >>
2. Call Lon at 305-251-4975 to reserve your dives
3. Pay conveniently online or mail a check payable to Active Divers Association to Jerry Kosakowski, 298 NW 83rd Lane, Coral Springs, FL 33071!

Islamorada SOLD OUT!
More space may be available. Call Lon for details.

Saturday, July 18th: Experience the clear water and abundant marine life of Islamorada, just 4 miles past Tavernier. Here we'll find many colorful tropical fish and other wonderful sea creatures. Look for the big sign that says Bud & Mary's Marina. Meet at Key Dives at noon.
Photo courtesy of ADA member Rachel Davis

Fort Lauderdale
Great diving closer to home.

Sunday, July 26th: The reef system is comprised of three bands that run parallel to the shore ranging from 15 feet to 100 feet deep. Currents tend to be mild on the shallow reefs but can get strong on the deeper sites. Lots of wonderful marine life including many tropical fish, and the occasional grouper, nurse shark and ray. Check in at American Dream at noon.
Photo courtesy of ADA member Jay Abbazia

South Miami Beach

Saturday, August 1st: Enjoy spectacular reefs close to home that living elkhorn and pillar coral, a variety of sponges, and schools of juvenile tropicals. The clarity and color of the water makes this a spectacular snorkel or dive location. Meet at Deco Divers at the Miami Beach Marina, 300 Alton Road at noon.
Photo courtesy of ADA member Rachel Davis

Spiegel Grove Wreck
The biggest and best wreck in the Keys!

Saturday, August 8th: Come experience the big one! This retired Navy transport ship was intentionally sunk  in order to create the backbone of a new coral-reef ecosystem. The Spiegel Grove is one of the largest ships ever sunk for this purpose. Advanced criterion applies.Check in at Florida Keys Dive Center at noon.
For more information see our latest ADA Newsletter, The Mouthpiece.

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