Fort Lauderdale, United States

(97 reviews)

Average on surface: 29ºC

Average on bottom: 29ºC

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Average depth: 20.05m

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We had our one hour surface interval and the boat moved over to the lighthouse reef which was right in front of the Pompano lighthouse. The water was scheduled to get more choppy as the day progressed and it definitely did. I'm sure the dive captain was nervous about conditions progressing so he chose something a little closer to land. We were diving the lighthouse reef which was one of the better reefs in the area and that the average depth would be about 45 to 50 feet to the sand. It was going to be a drift dive so Lance, the Kiwi, would be the guide and holding onto the dive flag. We splashed in and took our time getting to the bottom. Mark was still concerned about equalizing which ended up not being a problem. I'm so used to diving off West Palm Beach where the current is 3 kt minimum that I was surprised to see no current here. The reef was a beautiful area and visibility was good at about 45 feet. In the water were about six divers including us and we slowly work our way south on the reef. I lost my safety sausage on the way down to my great frustration but we ended up not needing it as there was no current and we all stayed together the entire time. There was an abundance of life there and floating at the bottom of the ledge was very interesting and beautiful. We saw a medium size lobster in a crevice and then moved on. We were down probably about 50 minutes when my dive computer said it was time to ascend so we made our way up again. The water was probably at about 3 to 4 foot waves which made getting on the boat a lot more challenging. We did board though and the dive captain collected all of the divers in the water and we headed back in to the marina. I quickly got all of my wetsuits off and dried so that I would not be chilled. I was pleased with how I handled the coldest time as I became incredibly cold back during the spring but dives a year ago. Marks very experienced with colder weather diving so I just watched what he did and follow it along.

4 dives on this trip with Kim and her dad. This was a very poor air control dive for Dan....need to focus on relaxing, kicking less, and getting good at chasing lobsters. 2 lobs found, 1 caught and it was a keeper....but Kim's dad stole it from me and gave it to Granna. This might have been the most expensive lobster in history, it cost 12 tanks plus rental and boat/dive fees....probably around $600/lb. I got destroyed by jellyfish jumping into the water on the first dive. Got left on the boat by myself, was a little scared to be alone and jumped in too quickly forgetting to put in my mouthpiece...that was a very exciting moment while getting stung by jellyfish. I hope not to make that mistake again.

There wasn't a lot of marine life out today, but the Perry Street rock pile is a nice dive site that's reminiscent of the rocks and ledges north of the Copenhagen. Surface swim wasn't too bad out there. I switched buddies mid-dive - my buddy assisted a distressed diver to shore, and I continued the dive with the other buddy. We spent some time over the rubble fields between the Perry Street rocks and the sea tech ledges, which wasn't that interesting and would be better to just swim over it and out to the ledges. The 4 lbs of weight seemed about right for this dive. The first buddy had excellent buddy skills compared to others I've dived with, and is worth diving with again.

FORT LAUDERDALE AOW Wreck/EANx Dive 1427-1450 Skills: Analyze and log mix Navigate wreck ID points of interest, hazardous areas and penetration points on wreck Five foot nurse shark swimming around starboard quarter nearly ate a fin dropped from the boat. My computer didn't like me fetching it ... exceeded 1.6 ATA PPG for about 5 seconds.

FLORIDA DIVES Shannon's first dive after certification. Sea cucumbers at bottom under the tower. A few barracudas. Good getting back in the salt water.

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