Florida Springs Trip 2020
Florida Springs Trip 2020 Week Long Training Opportunities for divers looking to improve their foundational skills through our amazing NAUI Intro to Tech Course as well as to hone their cavern and cave skills with Cave & Technical Diving Instructor/Explorer Matt Mandziuk. If you want to be the best diver possible, this trip is life changing and will improve every aspect of your diving.
Don’t miss out on our SIGNATURE TRAINING TRIP in Florida’s beautiful aquifer in the heart of cave country. Spend an exciting week with us earning your Intro to Tech and Cavern certifications. It’s an intense but incredibly rewarding week filled with lots of diving in some of the most spectacular and unique dive spots in the world.
Read testimonials from past graduates in our Testimonials page and see just how monumental this trip is!
Participate in our NAUI Intro to Tech Class and see that this course is not just for tech divers – it is a foundational skills refinement course that will dial up your control, problem solving and finesse as you dive in any situation. Our Cavern course will build on your Intro to tech skills dovetailing seamlessly into one another, while exposing you to a magic that few divers experience – the cavern zone of beautiful caves.
And if you’re looking for greater challenges, CHECK OUT OUR CAVE 1 AND CAVE 2 courses the following weeks. Call or email the shop for more details and make training with us in Florida next February the best decision of your diving adventures!
Divers can enrol in NAUI Cave 1 after graduating NAUI Intro to Tech and Caver.
NAUI Cave 2 requires Technical Decompression certification and 20 logged cave 1 dives above and beyond certification.
Lodging and food is only $550 US (based on a group of 6) Course package is only $650 for Intro to Tech and Cavern Diver Combination Courses. Sign up today for the most progressive, high skills training experience of your dive career and challenge yourself today. Cave 1 $799. Cave 2 $1200.
Non-Cavern Certified Divers may participate in Cave 1 if the NAUI Intro to Tech requirement has been met. Add $150/per person.
Week 1 NAUI Cave 1 February 9-15, 2019
NAUI Cave 2 February 16-22, 2019
NAUI Intro to Tech/Cavern February 23-29, 2019
For more course information check out our Cave & Technical diving courses section.
Dive Bikini Atoll with DDS in 2020!
Have you ever wanted to dive the best shipwrecks in the world? Dive Bikini Atoll with DDS in 2020 and you’ll see some of them! 2 years from the posting of this event we embarked on a magical trip to Truk Lagoon and had the dream trip, only to ask ourselves how could we top Truk? Well we instantly thought Bikini Atoll, so after missing the chance to book it for 2019, we jumped at a chance to do 2020 and you should too!
The trip will run from May 2 – 13, 2020.
Cost is only $7245US. A $500US deposit is required to hold your spot.
November 2017 $600US
May 2018 $600US
November 2018 $1500US
April 2019 $1500US
November 2019 $1500US
Final Balance $1545US due date TBD
Please Note a 3% credit card fee will be charged on any credit card transaction.
There is a $500US port tax due day of departure cash.
Fills, rentals, sorb are not included in cost of the trip.
Book Early and Book Now for this amazing trip! If you’ve missed the first deposit you can add it to the next deposit and get on schedule with payment.
Some divers have expressed interest in a stop over in Truk Lagoon. We are able to make arrangements for this opportunity happily as we are very excited to dive Truk Lagoon again as well and revisit the remnants of Operation Halestone and the Japanese fleet.
We highly recommend Divers Alert Network Travel Insurance and Trip Cancellation Insurance as all spaces are non-refundable.
Bikini Atoll is located in the Marshall Islands in Micronesia. This area is home to some of the biggest and best shipwrecks you’ll ever see. Pristine ships that were retired from war service and were sunk during atomic bomb testing in 1946 as part of Operation Crossroads where they were evaluating the effectiveness of these weapons against battle ships.
Below is a list of ships courtesy of Wikipedia:
- USS Saratoga (CV-3) – aircraft carrier
- USS Arkansas (BB-33) – battleship
- USS Gilliam (APA-57) – attack transport
- USS Carlisle (APA-69) – attack transport
- USS Lamson (DD-367) – destroyer
- USS Anderson (DD-411) – destroyer
- USS Apogon (SS-308) – submarine
- USS Pilotfish (SS-386) – submarine
- Japanese battleship Nagato – battleship
- Japanese cruiser Sakawa – light cruiser
After the Second World War, the USA collected a ‘mock’ naval fleet for the purpose of testing the impact of different atomic bombs on a large fleet. These nuclear bomb tests were performed in several remote locations in the South Pacific Ocean, known as the Pacific Proving Grounds. Bikini Atoll was appointed one of the designated testing areas within the Marshall Islands. Between 1946 and 1958, not less than 23 atomic bombs were tested at Bikini Atoll, which resulted in a unique selection of shipwrecks from the US, Germany and Japan consisting of war battleships, cruisers, and an aircraft carrier.
More than 60 years later, the shipwrecks remain equally as impressive while they have become home to many kinds of corals and fish species. As a result, Bikini Atoll has become the ultimate wreck diving for the true fans! This exclusive and unparalleled diving destination is undisputedly ranked first on any serious wreck & technical divers’ bucket list. This is well justified; nowhere else on earth you will be able to dive into such a unique collection of historic battleships, cruisers, as well as the world famous USS Saratoga aircraft carrier with its 270m (888ft.) flight deck. For this reason, Bikini Atoll was declared the first UNESCO World Heritage site for the Marshall Islands archipelago in 2010.
Exclusivity guaranteed when you Dive Bikini Atoll the charter is cut to a maximum of 11 guests over 10 or 11 nights per cruise. The Truk Master will offer on those itineraries a choice of 6 a/c en-suite single, double or twin bed cabins on the lower deck and main deck. The yacht has a dedicated camera set-up and charging station with plenty of additional storage for all your extra lenses, strobes and batteries.
Communal relaxation areas are split between the middle and upper decks comprising of a spacious indoor dining area, lounge bar with comfortable bench seating and plasma screen, shaded outdoor seating area and a sun deck.
- Deco bar for stage/deco stops under M/V Truk Master
- Booster pump for gas blending & rebreather tank fills
- Manifold twin-tanks (DIN & Intl. available)
- MKVI filters (upon request)
- Sofnolime for rebreathers – Dependent on Use
- Rebreather tanks
- 12l Deco stage tanks (band, sling & clips) – 40cuft/80cuft stage/bailout cylinders
Most wrecks in Bikini Atoll are located beyond recreational diving maximum depths; therefore technical diving skills and wreck experience are required, which is perfect, as DDS offers the most progressive, modern, comprehensive and challenging technical diving courses in the business.
For questions and booking, please contact our travel partner:
Fly and Sea Dive Adventures
8528 123 St.
Dive Newfoundland Bell Island Shipwrecks, Humpback Whales, Bell Island Mine and more!
Join us as we dive Newfoundland and the majestic Bell Island Shipwrecks, historic Bell Island Mine, with options to Snorkel with migrant Humpback Whales, the potential is always there to see Icebergs if they’re still afloat and of course to tour this beautiful area and that has many beautiful topside attractions and Eastern Canadian landscape that you will fall in love with. Join the most amazing and memorable trip and see why we love Newfoundland so much.
Newfoundland is home to some impressive WWII shipwrecks that were sank by German U-Boat’s. These time capsules feature some beautiful and colourful soft corals, while many of the original artifacts still are found throughout the wrecks for all to see while simultaneously boasting a lot of great history. Take advantage while you’re there and lets get you up close and personal with Humpback Whales, Dolphins and more!
DDS was so impressed with Newfoundland that we have booked it again! Join us for a phenomenal week of diving with our friends at Ocean Quest Adventures as we dive some of the world’s best preserved wrecks. With five* days of diving, you’ll discover the secrets of all four of the famous Bell Island shipwrecks. Intact and upright on the bottom, over 400 ft long, and in virtually the same conditions as the day they were sunk by German U-boats in 1942, these wrecks are sure to have you coming back again.
Along with exploring the shipwrecks, this tour features seven nights’ accommodations, five days of diving (two dives a day), and includes tanks (2 x 80 cuft alum), air, on-boat lunches on dive days, and complimentary airport shuttle service. However, nitrox and equipment rentals are extra.
*There is a 5th day of humpback whale activities and hiking available instead of diving if you’d like to upgrade. We have additional upgrades available.
We may even have the option of exploring the Bell Island Mine again this year! Must be fully certified NAUI Cave 2 Level Divers. Check out the photos in the gallery from this epic dive trip!
We can honestly say this experience has been one of the best diving trips of our lives. There’s a reason we keep going back and it’s partly because Rick and his staff continue to out do what they’ve done each previous year. When you dive Newfoundland you realize that this place is special and the diving is some of the best in the world. It’s worth every penny of the cost and then some.
Opportunities to dive Empress of Ireland on the way home are available this year as well for those driving through Quebec on the way home.
Recreational package: includes 2 Single AL80s, weights, air. $2299+NL tax
Nitrox Package $2499 Steel or Aluminum tanks and Nitrox.
Tech package: includes doubles or rebreather facilities, stage bottle, nitrox. $2699+NL tax.
Mine Quest Package: Includes doubles or rebreather supplies, stage bottle, nitrox, plus 3 dives in the Bell Island Mine and a night on the island $2899+NL Tax.
Ocean Quest is fully equipped with steel doubles, rebreather supplies, nitrox, oxygen and more. Fly in or drive in, you won’t be disappointed.
Prices do not include flight, meals, spa facilities.
To book your trip please contact our travel partner:
Fawn Messer, Travel Consultant
phone: 905-328-7851, fax: 905-984-2167
Flight Centre Associates
Head Office: 1 Dundas St W, Suite 200, Rm M, Toronto, ON M5G 1Z3