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Reef Report: August 22th - Looe Key Reef with Looe Key Resort Dive Center

Dive 1: Nursery Ball #12 - seas calm, vis 30', depth 30', water temp. 88 degrees. No current.  Sightings include pillar corals, jewel fish, schooling snapper, nurse shark, numerous large midnight blue parrotfish, moray eel.

Dive 2: Shark Alley Ball #25 - seas calm, vis. 40', depth 30', water temp. 88  degrees, slight current.  Sightings include twin eagle rays, reef shark, 200 lb. grouper, several large parrotfish, sennet fish.

-- ADA President and Safety Officer Lon Von Lintel
Under the boat at Looe Key Reef photo courtesy of ADA member Rachel Davis.
Reef Report: August 23th - Vandenburg Wreck in Key West with Lost Reef Adventures

Dive 1: Middle buoy ball #4/5, stern area, seas 1', vis. 60-80', depth 90', mild current, water temp. 86-88 degrees. Sightings include yellow tail, snappers, and several unidentified species all feeding on bait fish, yellow cup corals, satellite dishes, numerous swimthroughs, deep elevator shaft.

Dive 2: Middle buoy ball #4/5, bow area, seas 1', vis. 60-80', depth 90', mild current, water temp. 86-88 degrees.  Sightings include orange florescent corals, yellow cup corals, bar jack, cuda, eerie hanging skeleton with sneakers, tattered American flag, numerous swimthroughs including swimthrough satellite dish, stairs to different levels.  

-- ADA Safety Officers Lon Von Lintel & Rachel Davis
Vandenburg satellite dish 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 305-251-4975 to sign up for the dive. Click here to read more about the Coral Restoration Foundation.
Photos courtesy of ADA member Connie Crowther
New Location: Rainbow Reef Dive Center

ADA ever-popular charter Rainbow Reef has moved into the former Horizon Divers property located 100 Ocean Drive, just one block east of Overseas Hwy. MM 100 in Key Largo. Plenty of parking, picnic tables, dockside chairs, spacious dive shop, showers and easy boat access. Check out the new digs on Sunday, August 30th!.

Conditions are fantastic!

Conditions are positively epic 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!

Key Largo
Conditions are near perfect!

Sunday, August 30th: Choose from a variety of dive sites including Christ of the Abyss statue, the Minnow Caves, the Elbow, Snapper Ledge, and the Benwood shallow wreck - all full of fish and a variety of marine life. Depth 20-30 feet. Check in at Rainbow Reef new location at 100 Ocean Drive, just one block east of Overseas Hwy. MM100 at 12:00 noon.
Photo courtesy of ADA member Rachel Davis

Tenneco Towers
Massive oil rig wreck!

Saturday, September 5th: Tenneco Towers was created in 1985 when the Tenneco Oil Company sank five large sections of oil production platforms resting between 110 and 60 feet of water. The entire wreck is covered in soft coral, and visited by large pelagic fish and turtles. Advanced criteria applies. Check in at American Dream at noon.

South Tavernier Afternoon Dive 
Come for the day and stay for the night.

Saturday, September 12th: Come experience the top Key Largo scuba diving sites such as Molasses Reef, Conch Wall, Davis Ledge, Horseshoe and Hens & Chickens. Here you'll find many morays, schooling tropicals, turtles, the occasional spotted eagle ray, and unusual pillar corals Check in at Florida Keys Dive Center at noon.
Photo courtesy of ADA member Rachel Davis

S. Tavernier Night Dive
Night Diving 101 - FREE with the dive!

Saturday, September 12th: Never been on a night dive before? Let us show you how! We are offering an extended night dive briefing that will cover dive lights, underwater communication, hand signals, diving differences day vs. night, natural stressors, equipment requirements, and site selection.  Check in at Florida Keys Dive Center at 6:00 p.m.
For more information see our latest ADA Newsletter, The Mouthpiece.

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