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WEST PALM BEACH WEEKEND West Palm Beach, Blue Heron Bridge, Boat Dives

Take a day off of work and head down to Florida to dive the Blue Heron Bridge for a quick weekend getaway. Get on the early flight to West Palm and you'll be in the water diving Friday afternoon.  This trip offers an optional Black Water Drift Dive.
 
Diving:
The Blue Heron Bridge is a shallow shore dive site that you can only dive at "slack high tide" (45 minutes before and after high tide). It is a scavenger hunt of small critters and our favorite macro site in North America. Dives at the bridge usually average 90 minutes. It is common to see Seahorses,Octopus, Batfish, Frogfish, Nudibranchs, etc.
 
Boat dives off of West Palm are generally drift dives with average depths 40-90 feet. There are cool wrecks to explore and usually a chance to see Goliath Grouper or Loggerhead Turtles. Nitrox is preferred for longer bottom times.
 
Friday night offers an optional Black Water Drift Dive. This unique dive takes you miles offshore out to the Gulf Stream in black water. Divers will hover and drift at 20 feet in the open ocean at night to see a variety of jellies, bioluminescense, squid, eels and other alien-looking creatures in their larval stages. These creatures come up from several hundred feet below to feed at shallower depths. Try a dive on the wild side. Advanced Open Water is recommended.
 
Trip Cost:
$349 per person
 
Optional Add ons:
$15 - for 2 nitrox tanks on boat dives
$75 - 1 tank Black Water Drift Dive
 
Trip Includes: 
2 Blue Heron Bridge dives Friday and Saturday afternoon, 2-tank morning boat dives, air fills, weights and a guide to carry the dive flag.
 
Not Included: 
Accommodations, food, flight, rental car and gear rental if needed. There are several hotels in the area, and I can help you plan. We rented a house for a place to hang out before and after diving.
 
Optional Certifications:
Advanced Open Water, Nitrox, Deep Diver Specialty, Wreck Diver Specialty and Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty.
 
Tentative Trip Schedule:
Friday
2:00 pm - Erik arrives Phil Foster Park with tanks and weights. Meet at Park
3:00 pm - Briefing and assemble gear
3:37 pm - Enter water to dive Blue Heron Bridge
4:37 pm - High tide
7:00 pm - Meet at Marina for optional Black Water Drift Dive
7:30 pm - 1 tank Black Water Drift Dive
 
Saturday
7:15 am - Meet at marina for boat dives
8:00 am - 2 tank boat dives
1:00 pm - Arrive back at marina
2:00 pm - Erik arrives Phil Foster Park with tanks and weights
4:10 pm - Briefing and assemble gear
4:31 pm - Enter water to dive Blue Heron Bridge
5:31 pm - High tide
 
DAN Trip Insurance
 
Payment Schedule:
$50 non-refundable deposit due upon registration. Balance due 65 days before the trip. Balance payment must be by check or a 3% credit card fee applies.
 
Guide:
Erik Fulwider is a PADI Instructor that travels as much as possible. He has been diving all over the Caribbean and other parts of the world. If you have questions about the trip, email Erik (erikfulwider@gmail.com).

 

 DestinationStart DatePrice 
West Palm Beach
Friday 20 Jul 2018
$50.00

West Palm Beach

  • Start Date: Friday 20 Jul 2018
  • End Date: Sunday 22 Jul 2018
  • Places Available: 7
  • Our Price: $50.00

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