Saturday

Whiskey Wreck Dive Report (Truly Amazing)


The only word that comes to my mind when I think about today’s dives on the Whiskey Wreck is, WOW! (Yes I said wow and The Whiskey Wreck in the same sentence.)
We had the feeling that today was going to be a good day. There wasn’t a wave on the beach and the viz was over 30’ (we measured with arm spans).On the way out we watched as a manta jumped out of the water near the wreck, combine that with 86 degree, oil free water and it was truly amazing. We did three 30min-40min dives and continued to find new uncovered structure on all three dives. The fish were out in full force, flounders, rays, skates, Atlantic spadefish, mangrove snappers, every species of blenny, and more. Welcome back, our beautiful Gulf.

Report by-Bryan
Stop by Down Under Dive Shop today and get a local orientation or hire guide to take you to our favorite little wreck.

Friday

We are running Dive Charters Again!!!


Down Under Dive Shop is proud to anounce the reopening of the Gulf for Diving. For those that don't know her the “DOWN UNDER” is a 46’ Newton Dive Special. This custom dive boat has every amenity a diver needs, and then some. Powered by twin 375 hp turbo diesel engines, speed is not a problem. This dive boat can truly make your diving more enjoyable, with two large dive ladders, plenty of gear stowage, upper deck seating, fresh water showers, waterline platform, two camera tables, roomy dive deck, and 72 tank racks.


This 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 (251) 968-3483 or email info@downunderdiveshop.com now for reservations on one of Down Under Dive Shop’s daily dive charters.

Sounds like beach diving is back in.


MOBILE COUNTY, Alabama - The State Health Department is allowing people to get back into the water.

“With the improving beach situation, the department feels that we can lift our swimming advisories,” Dr. Donald Williamson, state health officer, said. "The department will replace red swimming advisory signs with yellow signs that outline several precautions for beachgoers.”

But the department says it recognizes that just because you can't see oil in the water, it doesn't mean oil is not there. So swimmers will have to decide for themsleves whether they feel comfortable getting into the water.

If there is visible oil, the health department encourages people to stay out of the water.

For more information current diving activities: Call 251-968-3483

Thursday

BP Says No More Oils is currently Spilling into our Gulf.


A tightly fitted cap was successfully keeping oil from gushing into the Gulf of Mexico for the first time in three months, BP said Thursday. The victory - long awaited by weary residents along the coast - is the most significant milestone yet in BP's effort to control one of the worst environmental disasters in U.S. history.

Kent Wells, a BP PLC vice president, said at a news briefing that oil stopped flowing into the water at 2:25 p.m. CDT after engineers gradually dialed down the amount of crude escaping through the last of three valves in the 75-ton cap.

"I am very pleased that there's no oil going into the Gulf of Mexico. In fact, I'm really excited there's no oil going into the Gulf of Mexico," Wells said.

The stoppage came 85 days, 16 hours and 25 minutes after the first report April 20 of an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig that killed 11 workers and triggered the spill.

Now begins a waiting period to see if the cap can hold the oil without blowing a new leak in the well. Engineers will monitor pressure readings incrementally for up to 48 hours before reopening the cap while they decide what to do.

Though not a permanent fix, the solution has been the only one that has worked to stem the flow of oil since April. BP is drilling two relief wells so it can pump mud and cement into the leaking well in hopes of plugging it for good by mid-August.

BP has struggled to contain the spill and had so far been successful only in reducing the flow, not stopping it. The company removed an old, leaky cap and installed the new one Monday.

Between 93.5 million and 184.3 million have already spilled into the Gulf, according to federal estimates.
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Friday

Oil Spill Update - NOAA Releases Information on Potential Long Term Movement of Oil


NOAA has released additional information regarding the movement of oil from the Deepwater Horizon accident and what to expect if the oil does reach South Florida.

According to NOAA (at this writing) there have been no confirmed observations of oil from the Deepwater Horizon Site near South Florida. Monitoring presently consists of daily overflights by trained observers to check for oil near the Loop Current, and vessels searching for tar balls approaching the Florida Keys.

Please refer to the following documents for NOAA's latest information on the long term movement of the oil and what to expect in South Florida from the BP oil spill:

NOAA Modeling the Potential Long Term Movement of Oil

NOAA What to Expect in South Florida from the Deepwater Horizon/ BP Oil Spill

GulfStateDiving.com
DEMA extends thanks to PADI and Dive Newswire for their recent publicity of www.GulfStateDiving.com, the DEMA website established for operators and consumers to report on current diving conditions in the Gulf States of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas.

Thursday

Still Divin'

Warm sand, cool margarita, the colors of my last dive still float through my mind as I lay back on the chaize lounger. Mexico. Playa del Carmen is the old skool Mexico most divers dream about. Yes, it is beginning to be comercialized it has a McDonald's down town. However at the Tukan Hotel and Tank Ha Dive Center you still get a slice of Carribean Heaven with a Spanish Accent. I'm practically bursting at the seams to get gone. July 16th can't come soon enough. There is still space available if you want to jump on board last minute. $550 per person, plus flight. You get four nights, five days, and six dives, plus breakfast and airport transfers from Cancun.
Until then, I'm tieing over my dive appetite with GULF DIVES in Panama City, FL this Saturday. I've got connections, and was able to reserve a whole boat for Saturday at 1:00 for a two tank inshore trip. We gotta be at the Dive Locker in Panama City at noon for check in. We'll be back about 5:00. It's about 3 hours to Panama City, I would budget four because of holiday traffic. For those staying the night, you are welcome to join me on a NIGHT DIVE at St. Andrew's State Park. Additional diving might be available on Sunday, but space is very limited. $85 plus rental for the two tank boat trip. Night diving or Sunday boat trips are additional fees.
Well, I'm going to go diving, and if the Gulf of Mexico means anything to you, join me. It might be our last chance for a while!

See ya in the Blue,
Beth