Weekend Dive Report

Hey guys and gals what awesome weekend of diving with Down Under Dive Shop.

Saturday we were joined by True Blue Watersports for some excellent dives.
Dive one on the Navy Tug the divers rocked out in 85 degree water with 50’ of viz!
Amberjacks, cudas, and Snapper were abundant.
Dive two we enjoyed 70’ of viz on the bridge rubble and some pretty big grouper.

Sunday we made way to the USS Oriskany.
After a little adventure with some high winds, the Gulf smoothed out and we were in love with the nearly 100’ viz and mild currents.
You should have seen the gnarly sandbar shark that stayed with us on both dives.

Congratulations to Donald Breece, William Trapnell, Scott Williams, Vince Scardina, Austin Luke and Tyler Richardson on completing their Open Water and Advanced Open Water Certifications.

Hey, lets give a big round of applause to Down Under Dive Shop’s newest PADI Instructors, Wesley Rose and Jim Mahan Jr. That’s thanks to lots of hard work and dedication.
Go Team Down Under.

If you would like to join their ranks stop by and talk to Bryan Eslava, our resident Course Director to start your new career.

Become a PADI Dive Master or SCUBA Instructor.

Dive Master starts in October and Instructor Development in November.

Don’t to sign up for the Florida Keys Trip


This Weekend in Diving with Down Under Dive Shop


EMERGENCY FIRST RESPONDER CPR/First Aid/O2 Provider Sat 8:00 am





Dive Trips:
Saturday: Two Tank Charter Navy Tug and Atlantis

Sunday: Two Tank Charter to the USS Oriskany

Our exclusive dive charter vessel coupled with its courteous and professional crew bring exploring the Alabama Gulf Coast to a new level. You absolutely need to experience the joy of diving on the “DOWN UNDER”. Call now for reservations on one of Down Under Dive Shop’s daily dive charters.

Don’t to sign up for the Florida Keys Trip


Become a PADI Dive Master or SCUBA Instructor.

Dive Master starts in October and Instructor Development in November.


Keys Trip Feb. 10-13

When it comes to diving and snorkeling, the Florida Keys unlock an underwater paradise. Here, you'll find the longest living reef in the western hemisphere; more than 500 wrecks to explore; the world's first underwater hotel, more dive shops per square mile than anywhere else in the world; and crystal clear waters with visibility up to 120 feet -- it's no wonder that divers from all over the world come to the Florida Keys.

4 Days of Two Tank Diving with a PADI 5 Star IDC and 46’ Newton Boats.
(Dives include Christ of the Abyss, the Speigel Grove and The Washington and the Duane.)
Tanks and weights are included.  Nitrox upgrade available $8 per tank/per dive.
All Wreck Divers will be required to Purchase a $10 Medallion and supply dive Computers.

Accommodations Conveniently located next to the Dive Boat.

$800 per person Double Occ.
$700 per person Triple Occ.
$600 per person Quad. Occ
Non Divers Less $400
Snorklers: $40 per trip.


New Masks in Stock and Dive Trips

NEW FOR 2010
•No tint glass for extra clarity
•EZ Equalize nose pocket
•Patented single-lens design with seamless side window for a panoramic field of vision
•Patented purge valve for easy clearing
•Crystal-clear, double-sealed silicone skirt for superior fit and comfort.
•New even Lower-volume styling for a snug fit
•Overmolded frame design
•Skirt has a patented purge.
•Tempered glass lens.
•Available in 4 colors- Black/Gray, Blue/Gray, Yellow/Gray, and Red/Gray

Our sporty low volume Spectra mask for easy clearing and comfortable fit.

•Dual-Lens, Low volume for clearing convenience, yet designed for maximum visibility
•Universal, super comfortable fit for a variety of face shapes
•Bold colors, including duotones
•Swivel buckles for easy adjustment
•Tempered glass for safety and durability
The most important consideration in mask selection is fit. No two faces are alike, and the SCUBAPRO broad range takes individual differences into account.

The basic difference in masks lies in the number of lenses. Single-lens masks were the first developed and remain a popular choice worldwide because they provide a broad, uninterrupted view.

With the advent of silicone skirts, twin-lens masks have become increasingly popular because they typically lower internal volume, making clearing easier.

This weekend’s (9/17/10) Dive Schedule:
Friday: Scuba Review/Pool Sessions
Saturday: Boat Trip Shallow Dives 3 Bardges and 3 Mile or Beach Dives
Sunday: Boat Trip Deep Dives Navy Tug and Atlantis or Vortex Springs

Nitrox Course: Friday 9/17 5:30pm to 8:00pm $175

Advanced Open Water Diver Saturday 9/18 10:00 am $350

Diving with Giant Manta Rays and Red Snapper Season Opens again.

What an amazing weekend of diving!
On Saturday the divers from Scuba Unlimited in Ohio teamed up with Down Under Dive Shop for an Oriskany double dip.
Divers punched through the “soup” which opened up to glorious viz at the top of the tower. They were surprised to be greeted by two majestic Giant White Mantas. The Manta Rays loved interacting with the divers so much that they hung around on all four dives over both days! Who saw that yellow blur go zooming by? That was PADI DPV Pilot, Pete riding the TUSA Rental SAV-7 Scooter.
Monday it was off to the Navy Tug and Atlantis Bridge Columns.
Once again divers were pleased to find the wreck in 85-degree water and 60’ to 70’ of viz. The marine life was abundant. What was that about the curious shark?

Red Snapper Season to Reopen.

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council voted to pass an emergency rule to establish a fall red snapper season in gulf waters that will allow anglers to fish each weekend (12:01 a.m. Friday to 12:01 a.m. Monday) from October 1 to November 22.
The director of NOAA Fisheries’ Southeast Regional Office, Roy Crabtree, said the approval of the fall snapper season should come by September 15. Crabtree also advised that the daily bag limit of two red snapper with a minimum total length of 16 inches will remain in effect for the fall season.

Upcomming Classes:
CPR/First Aid/AED Wed. Sep 15 5:00 pm or Sep 25 8:00 am

Nitrox Diver Fri. Sep 17 or 24 5:30 pm

Advanced Open Water Diver Sat/Sun Sep 18-19 10:00 am

Rescue Diver: Sat/Sun Sep. 25 26 10:00 am

Divemaster October 2-23 Weekends

Instructor November 19-27 9:00 am

Open Water Diver Sep 20

Dive the Oriskany this Saturday and Sunday

The USS Oriskany is the largest artificial reef in the world. This amazing wreck begins at 70' and sits on the bottom at 210'. Technical and Advanced Open Water divers love this site. It is a must do for any serious diver. This is an 8 hour charter leaving at 7:30 am. You must have all your own core dive equipment (BCD, Regulator, Computer, Mask, Fins), be Advanced Open Water with 20 logged dives minimum to qualify for this trip. Rental of tanks, weights and wetsuits are permitted (this is to ensure diver comfort and safety).

Please don't hesitate to call or email if you need more detailed information, and definitely check out our web site for a break down of the charter rates and daily rental equipment pricing as well as an updated list of dive sites. Also, finding a buddy on the boat is never a problem and guides are available for $50, but a Divemaster will conduct the dive operations. If you are a little out of practice, we will be happy to arrange a refresher in advance of your dive trip. (If it has been more than a year, a refresher is required prior to boat diving). We look forward to diving with you soon.