Scuba divers travel more than the average person and the current ban on international travel has left many divers high and dry. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be that way. The pandemic may have changed the destination, but it hasn’t altered the need people have to recharge, relax, and explore. So, put away your passport and pack your C-Card, and let Jupiter Dive Center show you a whole new world of adventure.
Diving with a goliath grouper off Jupiter is an unforgettable experience. You often hear them first—their distinctive bark booming through the water. Then they swim into view, gentle giants stretching up to eight feet and weighing in at a svelte 500 pounds. It’s truly a bucket list experience, and Jupiter Dive Center can help you make it happen.
Few communities are more passionate about safeguarding the ocean than divers. After all, divers are a group of sports enthusiasts, naturalists, scientists, and explorers who see firsthand the incredible ecosystems, biodiversity and beauty that’s found beneath the waves. That appreciation often inspires divers to become ocean advocates—and it doesn’t take much to be a superhero.
Seventy percent of our planet is covered by water. Only a fraction of that is routinely explored by divers, yet the impact of mankind reaches down to the very bottom of the deepest trench. In southern Florida we are fortunate to be able to dive on the nation’s only coral reef and see plenty of incredible marine creatures. But many of the animals we see are endangered, and others are invasive species that if left unchecked could tip the balance of our ecosystems. Certifying agencies all discuss how divers can minimize their personal impact, but in addition to the “do no harm” aspect of diving, there are plenty of ways divers can make a difference—and ensure it’s a positive one.
The following is from Luxfer’s website, as our insurance provider requires us to follow the CGA standards, this is why we require any tank that we put an O2 percentage greater than 23.5% in to be O2 cleaned.
Why does Luxfer require cleaning for oxygen concentrations above 23.5%? Few concepts have caused more confusion and controversy in the recreational diving industry than the so-called “40% rule.” While there seems to be general agreement that special cleaning is required when a pressurized oxygen concentration reaches a particular “threshold” percentage, there is disagreement about exactly what that threshold should be and at what pressure it becomes important. Some say 40%; others say 23.5%; still others say anything more than 21% when a gas mixture is pressurized more than 100 psig. It would be helpful to explore the background of this confusion briefly before discussing Luxfer’s position on this vital subject.
Few things are better than hitting the water during the hot months of summer. But why be content with merely being on the surface when you can go below it? Now through June 30 sign up for a basic scuba diving course with Jupiter Dive Center and we’ll include a Nitrox eLearning class free!
Let’s be honest, foreign travel just isn’t appealing at the moment. The good news is that by learning to dive, you can plan a local vacation to Jupiter, Florida that still allows you to explore a whole new world! Imagine that first breath underwater, the feeling of weightlessness, seeing fish and other marine animals in their natural environment.
And there’s no better place to learn to dive than in sunny Florida. Jupiter has the world’s third largest barrier reef just off-shore providing an opportunity to visit the nation’s only coral reef. Florida has warm water, vibrant reef fish, and plenty of wrecks to explore.
One of the joys of exploring the Jupiter Wreck Trek is encountering the many goliath groupers that shelter in and around the individual wrecks. As the summer progresses, even more groupers arrive in the area to spawn. These gentle giants are truly spectacular creatures and you can see them for yourself by joining Jupiter Dive Center on one of their weekly Wednesday Wreck Trek charters!
Diving with Goliaths
You will probably hear them first, a deep bark that booms for long distances through the water. As you drift closer to the wrecks, prepare yourself—they are big! How big? When these gentle giants attain maturity, they can stretch up to eight feet and weigh in at 500 pounds.
Goliaths groupers were declared critically endangered in 1994, and the harvesting of groupers was prohibited in both state and federal waters. Historically, goliaths ranged far beyond our state, but their habitat has shrunk and now they are found primarily in southern Florida waters.
Lobster Sport Season: How to catch your dinner safely.
Spiny Lobster Sport Season 2020 opens at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday July 29 and Jupiter Dive Center is ready with special charters! So, grab your license and reserve your spot now! (link to book a dive)
Love it or hate it, Lobster Sport Season is two days when it seems the entire population of Florida floods the waterways in search of their next dinner. Increased boat traffic, inexperienced hunters, and alcohol add to the crazy factor of mini season. But there are steps you can take to increase your safety.
If you have not been diving since last mini season, you need to make sure your equipment is in good shape and serviced before you hit the water. All the diving off Jupiter is drift diving and divers are required to have their own surface marker buoy.
On the boat:
Listen to the boat briefings! Jupiter Dive Center crews will discuss the conditions, the site, boat procedures and what to do in an emergency—all to make sure your dive is safe and enjoyable.
Celebrate Independence Day with a dive and fireworks! Join Jupiter Dive Center on July 4th as we celebrate our country’s independence with a 1-tank night dive followed by a front row seat to the holiday fireworks display.
There’s no need to fight for parking as we have a private lot and our comfortable boats are steps from the shop. The charter departs at 6:00 p.m.
Bring your favorite after-dive refreshments and snacks. We’ll have a special cooler to keep everything cold for you while you dive. After you surface, relax and enjoy the show from the deck of the boat. Once the firework display is complete, we’ll head back and the evening will conclude around 10:30 p.m.
vacation doesn’t have to be a thing of the past—and we know just the place to
visit. Jupiter, Florida! Imagine it: warm water, pristine reefs, exciting
wrecks. Jupiter has something for every scuba diving enthusiast—and plenty for
the non-divers in the family, too! Jupiter Dive Center is happy to announce we’re
open for diving and we’ve taken considerable steps to ensure your vacation is
safe and fun.
Jupiter, Florida has warm water, tons of marine life, & healthy coral reefs.
with the reef. A portion of the third largest barrier reef in the world runs
parallel to the coast just a few miles from shore, providing a home to colorful
tropical fish as well as a tremendous diversity of other marine life. It’s also
part of a greater ecosystem that draws in larger pelagic animals.
the proximity of the Gulf Stream, all of Jupiter Dive Center’s dives are drift
dives, which allows divers to see more than you ever imagined as the current
carries you along. At the end of the dive, the boat comes to you!
To log or not to log? That is the question of many an experienced diver. After all, once you’re beyond logging the requisite number of dives for the next class you want to take, why bother? The answers might surprise you.
First off, logging your dives is easier than it’s ever been. Most dive computers can download your dive profile to an electronic logbook. Add in the name of the dive site, the equipment you used, buddy information, and conditions, and a wealth of information is available for recall with a few keystrokes. This information is easily shared between your electronic devices. Being able to access this information on the go is particularly beneficial. Why?
Glad you asked. Most dive operators ask you to fill out the date of your last dive when you are completing your boat waivers. Many destination resorts ask for proof. If your log is on your phone, that’s one less thing to worry about packing.