News from Down Under Dive Shop

Well it was another awesome weekend in the Gulf of Mexico.  
If you were off planting food plots or watching football, you really missed out.
Wednesday, the Down Under Crew went on a mission to make the Whiskey Wreck a no boating zone.  By the end of the week we were getting reports of Mantas and all sorts of rays visiting our little wreck..
We enjoyed a great dive on the Notch Barge we had zero jellies and zero current.  Water temp was 81.  It was awesome being stormed by the huge schools of amberjacks.  It was also exciting to see a that sandbar shark come and check us out on the safety stop.
Navy Tug was amazing as always with its 100' viz and one of the biggest loggerhead sea turtles ever.

The USS Liberty Ship Allen put on a show.  This historic vessel was loaded with life blue angels, bar jacks, barracuda, mackerel, blue fish, snapper, and the list goes on. 

We also ran a few quick trips out to the Southwind Barge viz was 40' to 50' and seas weren't nearly as big as they were further offshore.  Divers enjoyed the extended bottom time and interactions with the friendly little soapfishes.   There were two really nice toadfish grunting all over the wreck too.

We also welcomed a new batch of divers this past week.

PADI Open Water: Maxim Fokim, Stephens Mcvea, Brian Smith, Neal Sicard, and Mitchell Holder.

Advanced Open Water: Joel Stephenson
Rescue Divers: Niki Fontaine, Ransom Oakes, Tyler Sundie, and Jason Mcdanal.
PADI Master Divers: Bud Howard, John Rice, and Jessica Polk.
How about a round of applause for all of Down Under's newly certified divers.

... and lets not forget our newest Divemaster.  Congrats to Hannah Findley on a job well done.  Welcome aboard, Banana.

Adventures in Diving Weekend with Beth October 20th 21st

The PADI Adventure Diver weekend includes two days of diving with IDC Staff Instructor Beth Schrader at the Springs and experiencing the newest equipment and latest trends in diving (ie sidemount diving)

The PADI Adventure Diver course helps you get more out of diving by introducing you to new types of scuba diving adventures. It’s a great opportunity to work with your instructor to build your scuba diving skills and gain more confidence.
The Fun Part
Have you always wanted to try digital underwater photography? How about Sidemount Diving? Here's your chance because you can sample three dives of your choice, or choose an area to specialize in and feel more at ease in the water, strengthening your underwater skills and letting you enjoy scuba diving more than ever.
  • Get credit! Each Adventure Dive may be credited toward the first dive of the corresponding PADI Specialty course. This means you can be well on your path to becoming a Master Scuba Diver.
  • Cost $250 plus lodging (includes elearning or manual, equipment rentals and specialty equipment use such as Scooters or Cameras)
  • Add the nitrox specialty and save $50
What You Learn
You can choose what you’re most interested in learning. Need to work on your buoyancy skills? Try the Peak Performance Buoyancy Adventure Dive. Want to know what you’re looking at down there? Choose any three of the following Adventure  Dives:  
Call and sign up today!

Jim and crew are off to dive the amazing Bahamas in just a few days.
If anyone wants to go last minute just give us a call.

Contact Jim @ or call 251-968-3483 (DIVE) to sign up.  Full Payment required upon booking.  Flight not included.


Marker Buoys on the Whiskey Wreck

Down Under Dive Shop staff placed "No Boating Buoys" on the Whiskey Wreck today.
We all know the joys of a safari hunt dive for our old favorite beach dive, the Whiskey Wreck.  Well those days have come to an end.  The State of Alabama and City of Gulf Shores have deemed it a navigational hazard and charged us anchoring the markers on the out skirts of the wreck.

Mitch and and a crew of Down Under's Divemasters located the borders of the wreckage (over 200' long 10' to 14' depth) and anchored four hazard buoys on the wreck.  Mitch says the wreck is in the middle.  Boats must now follow the regulations imposed by the State's markers. For info on what the markers mean click the link:

Divers wishing to venture out to the wreck are still required by law to have a personal 14" dive flag or SMB with dive flag and surface within 50' of it while in state waters.

For more info on beach diving go to our beach diving page.