New Jersey Ocean Dive
We will be diving on the in-shore wreck of the Delaware on June 16. Shawn Kane will be leading the trip. The depth of the wreck is 80 ft. This will be a great dive for new and experienced divers. Artifacts, fish life, photo opportunities, and lobster. This will be a great dive for first timers due to the depth and being inshore. Don’t forget that you can do up to three dives this day and lunch is included all for $100. Sign up now….we only have a few spaces left!
The Delaware was a 250′ long Clyde Line steamer. She was built in 1880, by Birely, Hill & Streaker, in Philadelphia and displaced 1,646 gross tons.
On July 9, 1898, the Delaware, was steaming five miles offshore. At 10 PM, the captain received a report of a fire in her hold. The crew tried to contain the blaze, but it was soon out of control. Captain Ingram gave the order to abandon ship. His crew of 38 and all 35 passengers calmly boarded lifeboats. Captain Ingram was the last to leave the sinking ship. Aside from a few burns, there were no serious injuries.
Today, the wreck sits in 70 feet of water. Her broken down charred remains hold many interesting artifacts. The Delaware is rumored to have been carrying $250,000 in gold boullion. To date no gold has been found but divers can always find a few indian head pennies and artifacts ranging from china and silverware to bottles and brass fittings. One of the most interesting artifacts retrieved is a tomb stone that Captain George Hoffman found on the wreck. The head stone which was egraved ‘Captain John Smith’ was part of the Delaware’s cargo being transported to Florida. The Bell was recovered in 2010.
Hope you can join us!
There are still a few openings for the S + R Course this weekend.
Diver Stress & Rescue
“Be prepared for those
Stress is a major contributor to rescue situations and diving accidents. Through this course you will learn accident prevention, as well as how to handle problem situations if they occur.
The program is about avoiding, recognizing and solving problems on the surface and underwater.
The course runs two – four days in which you will participate in academic and in-water sessions in the pool and in the open water. As a prerequisite for certification you need to have a valid CPR & First Aid certificate.
If you want to learn more about DIVER STRESS & RESCUE, you can buy the manual or the DVD even if you don’t want to sign up for the course.
- What Is Stress?
- Stress In Diving:Causes And Prevention
- Detecting And Dealing With Stress
- Accident Management
- Skills Needed To Deal With Panic And Rescues
- Conditions That Complicate Rescues
The primary goal of any SSI Specialty course is to teach you important skills in a fun environment. All courses are taught using home study, short academic sessions, and in-water training. Add on Search & Recovery and Navigation for a great learning package.
This will be our 22nd annual watersports flea market. We have lots of used equipment for sale including rental BCD’s & Regulators, gloves, and maybe a few drysuits! Hotdogs and drinks will be available. Do not worry if it rains……we have a few large tents to put up incase of emergency. We also have loads of brand new equipment at drastically reduced prices. Can’t make it but have stuff to sell……Bring it over for our trained staff to sell it for you at a minimal cost. Soooo…..bring out your old tired diving equipment and treat yourself to some new toys. Don’t you deserve it?
It is with great sadness that we must say goodbye to one of our store’s family members. After 20 years, Jim Folk is stepping down as our fearless manager and pursuing a different direction in his life. We will deeply miss having Jim around. On Saturday, April 21, we will be having a going away social for Jim all day long. To commemorate his 20 years of service to Scuba Venture, a 20% discount will be offered on your total purchase. Stop in, on this his last day, to say goodbye and to reflect on the memories you may have with Jim. We will greatly miss him and wish him all the best in his future endeavors.
Our WiFi was down, so we had to put two days into one post. Yesterday we went to Mushroom Forest to dive. This is a great dive spot with loads of corals, some shaped like giant mushrooms. Lots of little critters were found living under these coral formations. A few eagle rays passed through. The reefs do have a lot of lionfish living on them. The corals were in great shape. Star, brain and pillar corals were very healthy. There were large schools of creole wrasse, bogas, and brown & blue chromis. Two great dives yesterday. Today we went to Snake Bay and Blue Bay Gardens. Jacks chased the little schooling fish. Morays were swimming around looking for food. Big Scorpionfish and stonefish were found as well as peacock flounders. I have been to Curacao several times before, but don’t remember the reef being so healthy. Tonight the group went out to Perla del Mar Restaurant, down in town, near the old fort. After dinner the leftovers were given to the local moray eels that come up to the waters edge below your table. There were 30+ eels at any giving time. A great experience for all!
We traveled to East End and Klein Curacao today. It was two more great dives. The coral formations were great and the fishlife was abundant. Today we saw turtles and you guessed it…..more eels! They do have pretty many lionfish in their waters, but only the divemasters are allowed to spear them. They still are a very pretty fish. The water temps. remain in the 79 to 81 degree area. It was not as windy today so it made for calm seas. After the 2nd dive, some of the divers swam to shore and took a short walk to the lighthouse, and the others just snorkeled around the boat or hung out. We also had lunch on the boat after our dives.Lots of amazing life in these waters. Tonight we are heading to a local seafood house for dinner and maybe the casino! talk with you all tomorrow!
Two more great dives with water temps. at 79 degrees. It was a little more windy today. We made dives to Blackrock and Barricuda point. We saw more eels of every type. We got to see them swimming around in search of food. We also got to play with a very cooperative octopus. He posed for all the photographers. Our divemasters have been great in locating different creatures. I even got to see a brown frogfish. Yesterday we saw big schools of creole wrasse and today we saw schools of blue tang and doctor fish. We went into town to look around at the various shops, had lunch and did some swimming in the pool before going out for dinner. Stay tuned for several pictures of our trip which you should see tomorrow.
Had some great dives today! Lots of schooling fish, big green moray eels, lots of healthy coral
and loads of anemones and shrimp. We are diving with Ocean Encounters. They are a great operation so far. The water temp is 79 to 81 degrees. Unfortunately we left you snow when we left……Sorry. Wish you were here. Hopefully I will get some pictures out as soon as we get back. Talk with you tomorrow….