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Reef Report: September 12th - Tavernier Day and Night Dive with Florida Keys Dive Center

Dive 1: Aquarium at Crocker Reef. Seas 2-3', vis. 40', depth 25', slight current. Water temp. 88 degrees. Sightings include valiant Sargent Major defending nest eggs, smooth trunkfish, lettuce leaf coral, large schools of bluestriped grunts, bigeye, large moon jellies, 

Dive 2: Davis Ledge - Afternoon. Seas 2', vis. 50', depth 25', slight current. Water temp.88 degrees. Sightings include giant moray eel, moon jellies, schooling porkfish, healthy patch of CRF transplanted stag horn coral atop the ledge, 

Dive 3: Davis ledge night dive. Seas 1-2', vis. 50', depth 25', moderate current.  Water temp. 88 degrees.sightings include many turtles, (one huge 400-500 lbs.) many sleeping parrots (blue, green, orange), many crabs (channel clinging, coneshell, hermit)  many lobster, (shovel nose, aka slipper, spanish, spiny) squid, Vegas lights (name invented for yet to be identified luminescent creatures), phosphorescent algae, paired trumpet fish.

--ADA Safety Officers Lon Von Lintel & Rachel Davis
Southern stingray at Davis Ledge on 9/12 courtesy of ADA member Rachel Davis
Will You Help Us Restore the Reef?
Healthy patch of CRF transplanted stag horn coral atop Davis Ledge on 9/12. Photo courtesy of ADA member Rachel Davis.
It's Not too Late to Join us This Saturday for the ADA Coral Restoration Foundation Coral Planting Dive!

This 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. Cost is $130 per diver which includes 2015 membership in the Active Divers Association (required), all diving, tanks/weights, lunch, CRF donation, boat fees, and materials.

Hurry - only a few spaces remain so call Lon at 305-251-4975 to sign up. 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.

Conditions are fantastic!

Calm seas and water up to 88 degrees makes for great diving 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!

CRF Coral Planting

Saturday, September 19th: Learn about the fragile coral ecosystem with the Coral Restoration Foundation. Enjoy a lecture followed by hands-on training in coral planting techniques. After lunch we will visit the underwater CRF Coral Nursery and outplant the baby corals onto the reef. Check in at CRF FKEC 2nd floor Key Largo, FL  8:30 a.m.
Photo courtesy of ADA member Connie Crowther

Always a beautiful dive!

Saturday, September 20th: Experience the warm, crystal waters of this lovely outpost with plenty of tropical fish, numerous critters and beautiful reefs to explore. Here you will find clear water, abundant marine life and fantastic photo opportunities. Meet at Key Dives at Bud & Mary's Marina at noon.
Photo courtesy of ADA member Gerry Callis

West Palm Beach
Chance to see giant Goliath Groupers!

Saturday, September 26th: Drift dive in swift currents and observe a plethora of marine life at the 60-80 foot profile. Many sharks, turtles, and schooling tropicals. The unique environment makes for a very interesting and exciting dive. Advanced criterion applies. Meet at Jim Abernethy's Scuba Adventures at noon.
Photo courtesy of ADA member Rachel Davis

Eagle Wreck
A Great Key Largo Wreck!

Sunday, October 4th: Experience the thrill of The Eagle, one of Key Largo's most interesting deep wreck dives. Lying on her side, she is home to green morays, tarpon, barracudas and large Goliath Grouper. Plus enjoy a delicious ADA BBQ afterward! Advanced criterion applies. Check in at Capt. Slates at 12:00 noon.
For more information see our latest ADA Newsletter, The Mouthpiece.

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