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Summer’s here—and the Ocean Awaits!

Summer is Here

Summer’s here—and the Ocean Awaits!

Summer 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.

FUN FACT: Jupiter, Florida has warm water, tons of marine life, & healthy coral reefs. #JupiterSummer

Let’s start 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.

Because of 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!

Looking for a wreck? We’ve got three on one dive when you dive our famed Wreck Trek. Look for goliath groupers who love to hang out in the large nooks and crannies of the Zion Train, Miss Jenny, and the Esso Bonaire. (And if you’ve never seen one of these gentle goliaths, their size can be a bit surprising. Imagine a VW Bug underwater!)

FUN FACT: Few places have more sea turtles in the water than Jupiter, Florida during nesting season.  #JupiterSummer

Centrally located on the Atlantic Coast, Jupiter, Florida is a premier destination with fabulous diving—and perfect for those who don’t want to gamble on making airline reservations. Our waterfront shop is easy to reach by major highways. Even better, we are a one-stop location with our boats mere steps from the store! Hotels are open and we can recommend several in the area that give our divers a special rate.

Safety is our highest priority—and we’ve adjusted some of our procedures to meet the challenges presented by the coronavirus. While restrictions may change at any time, our charters are currently limited to eight divers to comply with group gathering guidelines on deck. This also means reservations are highly recommended as our boats are selling out quickly.

Our safety precautions extend to our boats and crew as well. Our crew will be wearing gloves anytime they handle gear or tanks. The deck hand will be wearing gloves as divers get on and off the boat. A hose with fresh water will be available to rinse gear to avoid mixing multiple divers’ gear in rinse buckets.  On board, rails, benches and decks will be thoroughly cleaned before each charter. We are closely following the State guidelines and our policies and procedures may change as new guidelines are implemented or eased. 

FUN FACT: Goliath groupers return to Jupiter, Florida to spawn. #JupiterSummer

Our check-in procedures are new. In a nutshell, we are doing as much as we can in advance regarding payment and gear rental so we can sanitize and prepare things before you even arrive at the shop. Once here, you will see our entrance and exits are designated to help the flow of people in the shop where you need to check in and sign waivers. Please note, you must bring your certification cards. If you need a replacement, we’d be happy to order one for you, but this must be completed before the day of the charter. Seats on the boat will be assigned. The new procedures take a little bit more time, so please arrive promptly for check-in: 8:00a.m. for morning boats and 12:30p.m. for afternoon charters. To familiarize yourself with all of the procedures, click on our Temporary Procedures for Boat Charters link.

JUPITER, FLORIDA: Close to home, and a world away!

Summer is an exciting time to dive in Jupiter, Florida—and it’s a great place to take a fun and safe summer vacation! Sea turtles are already nesting and hang around until October. Goliath groupers are here year-round but their numbers skyrocket during August and September when they aggregate to spawn. You can catch your own lobster dinner during Florida’s July mini-season (or wait for the regular season to open in August). There’s even the occasional whale shark, hammerhead sharks, and manta rays that cruise through during warm months. So what are you waiting for? Dive in, the water’s fine! Call Jupiter Dive Center, today.

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To log or not to log?

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.

But the reason behind the question is even more important. Dive skills are perishable. If you’ve been out of the water over a year, it may be time for a refresher—or when you take that giant stride off the boat, you may find yourself in over your head in more ways than you intended.

Divers often travel to their destinations. Perhaps you’re a photographer and you have the opportunity to return to a favorite destination from time to time. Remember that site in Little Cayman where the baby squid like to congregate? Or what about the frog fish that likes to hang out by the buoy. What was the name of that site again? If you logged your dives you’d know. Plus, if you logged your equipment, you’d also know exactly how you got the shot—or didn’t, and what to do next time.

Thinking of becoming a tec diver? What about an instructor? Maybe you’re a public safety diver. Depending on the position, there may be mandates to log your dives. Even without a mandate, for professionals, it’s considered best practice.

Even if you haven’t hit the ranks of professional diver, it’s still important to maintain your gear. Logbooks hold more information than just your dives. Do you remember when you last serviced your regulator? Did you take in your buoyancy compensator device at the same time? How about your tanks? Hydro, VIPs; all require regular service for safety reasons. At depth is not when you want to experience a malfunction that could have been prevented with regular service. Recording that information in your logbook eliminates the guesswork.

Speaking of guesswork.  How much weight do you use with your 5mm in freshwater? What about saltwater? How does that compare with your shorty? Are you feeling chillier when you dive lately? Using more weight? The greater your number of dives, the less effective your wetsuit becomes due to compression. Knowing how many dives you have on your wetsuit can help project when you’ll need a new one.

Need one more reason? Do you remember your first dive? All the silt you stirred up, the trepidation you felt, the thrill of being weightless?  Or how about the time you saw your first (you, fill in the blank)? What about the new friend you made when you were paired up with another solo diver? Dive logs offer a trip down memory lane. Which considering our current situation, is a gift.  Fortunately, when restrictions are lifted, we’ll be here—and we look forward to you logging your next dives with Jupiter Dive Center.

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5 Reasons to Go Scuba Diving

5 Reasons to Go Scuba Diving 

Scuba diving is one of the most fulfilling leisure activities you can try. There’s nothing else that compares to putting on your equipment and getting lost in the world beneath the waves. Whether you’re looking to tick scuba diving off your bucket list, or you want to experience a feeling of utter weightlessness, with scuba diving there’s something for everyone.

We never need any encouragement to head out on a dive. But just in case you’re lacking motivation, here are our top five reasons for trying out scuba diving.

  1. Every Dive Is Unique

Oceans and seas are so diverse that no matter whether you’ve dived over 100 times in various locations across the globe, or it’s your second adventure on the same reef as your last dive, you’re always certain to have a unique experience.

For instance, when we take trips out to our very own “Area 51” reef, you never know what you’re going to find. One dive might be dominated by your interaction with reef sharks, but return just a few days later, and you’ll find yourself tracking the movements of huge green moray eels, with no sharks in sight. It’s this unpredictability that keeps so-called “bucket-listers” coming back for more!

  1. Experience True Weightlessness 

Short of becoming an astronaut, scuba diving offer participants the only realistic chance of experiencing weightlessness. As you sink toward a reef or shipwreck, you can’t escape the floating sensation associated with zero gravity.

Once you’ve mastered buoyancy control, you can glide completely effortless through the water as if you weigh nothing at all. Better still, it’s certainly much cheaper than booking a flight on Elon Musk’s next space flight!

  1. Explore the World as You Don’t Already Know It 

No matter how many nature documentaries you’ve watched, nothing compares with coming face-to-face with nature first hand. Scuba diving trips help you uncover parts of the world that not very many others get to see. Remember, 71% of the Earth’s surface is covered in water, and it contains an extra 15 species of animal to encounter, with 33,600 different types of fish alone!

There are creatures that will do nothing but captivate you as you silently swim past each other. Manta rays, dolphins, sharks, and turtles all have to be seen in person to truly appreciate their majesty. What’s more, there’s nothing more exciting that descending on your first ever ship wreck. You’ll gaze in amazement at the sheer scale of the vessel as it lies broken on the seabed.

  1. Learn New Skills

While scuba diving is primarily about having wonderful experiences, you will learn a great deal of new skills as part of the process of becoming a fully-qualified scuba diver. You will gain all kinds of knowledge regarding physics, physiology, the environment, and the effect of currents and tides.

As well as developing your knowledge of the ocean, you’ll also get to learn important skills such as judging depth, communicating non-verbally, and how to remain calm and make decisions when under pressure. Many of these skills transfer over into your profession, giving you a whole new set of personal tools to take into the workplace.

  1. Meet New People

Even though you can’t talk underwater, scuba diving is an incredibly social activity. After all, you rarely (if ever) go scuba diving by yourself. There’s nothing better than getting back on the boat and sharing stories of each other’s perspectives on an epic shared dive.

Many scuba divers end up becoming friends for life. Which is not surprising since these are individuals who each share the same passion for the ocean, and just as you will, they all tried it once and never looked back!

Come and Join Us on a Dive 

Here are Jupiter Dive Center, we offer a full array of scuba diving classes from open water all the way up to assistant instructor. Better still, we are both a PADI 5 Star Center and a SCUBAPRO platinum dealer, providing a one stop solution for all of your diving needs.

Our boats Republic IV and Republic VII are moored up right outside our shop and we offer daily charters to many of our famous dive sites. If you’re looking to tick scuba diving off your bucket list while on vacation, we can also offer a wide range of great deals on local hotels.

Just give us a call to find out how we can provide you with the perfect scuba diving experience!

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Dive Equipment spotlight: Some New Options for 2020!

Dive Equipment spotlight: Some New Options for 2020!

All you need to do is look to your phone to realize how quickly technology changes, but you may not realize that scuba technology is always advancing as well. Dive computers today offer more options and better accuracy than even a few years ago. Even staples like regulators can be improved upon. At Jupiter Dive Center, we carry the latest scuba technology and have the knowledgeable staff to help you make the right decisions for your gear needs.

MK25/D420

Let’s face it. A regulator is an investment in safety, and deep down, you do want the best—and that means Scubapro.  The MK25 is a workhorse first stage, but this season introduces the D420 second stage. This second-stage includes the best of the D-series heritage with the latest advances in breathing performance. The air-balanced progressive flow control valve ensures an easy draw whether you are shallow diving or surpassing the limits of recreational depths. The Dive/Pre-dive systems adjusts with a convenient thumb tab. Wish you could switch your hose routing from one side to the other? Well, now you can. Add an easy-to-reach purge button with a comfortable mouthpiece, and you’ve got all the makings of a great regulator. Dive with DIN? No problem.

A1 & A2 Computers

Now that your breathing is under control, let’s talk computers—the Aladin Series Dive Watches to be exact. Not only do they have a great entry price point, but they’ve got a ton of great features that make them worth every penny! 

First up, the A1.
This entry level dive watch computer has a large, high-contrast display with backlight to make sure you can read your computer in all water conditions. It’s lightweight which makes it a great option to wear every day, and the modern design offers a fresh look. Even more important though, is its intuitive operation. Underwater, you want fast and easy access to all your info. Topside, being able to access your log is just as easy, and downloading your dives is a snap with wireless downloads via Bluetooth.

Thinking of leveling up? The A2 is for you.
In a nutshell, the A2 is a matrix designed dive watch computer loaded with topside and underwater features including air integration, multi-gas and cutting-edge biometrics for smarter diving.

Let’s go a little deeper.
Divers are an adventurous lot, and they often do more than one type of diving. This computer adapts to your needs. Breathing Nitrox? It’s got a mode for that. Trimix, too. Let’s not forget CCR, sidemount, gauge and freediving to round out all the modes this watch possesses. The wireless air integration constantly monitors your tank pressure and provides true remaining bottom time (RBT) so you can get the most dive time possible. Like the A1, the computer face offers superior readability with a large, high-contrast display and backlight capability. Bonus, the A2 has a convenient swim and sport mode that is an integrated activity counter and swimming stroke (distance) counter for your between-dive exercise. Finally, the A2 has an easy and intuitive menu, a graphical logbook, and convenient Bluetooth downloads that do away with the need of any extra cables or cradles—which make this a great choice for traveling.

Curious? Visit Jupiter Dive Center and see these—and many more items—for yourself. And bring your questions! Our trained staff can help you make informed decisions no matter what gear you need. Want another reason to shop local? Your USB port can’t fill your tanks, but we can. Plus, our boats are right outside the back door. So come on in and make a day of it! Let’s go diving!

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The Best of Both Worlds: Diving and a Safari!

The Best of Both Worlds: Diving and a Safari!

Can’t decide between a dive trip and an African safari? Now you don’t have to choose! Join Jupiter Dive Center for a spectacular trip that starts underwater and ends on safari! The safari is optional, but you’re already in the neighborhood and once you see what we have planned, you won’t want to say no.

The Diving

The adventure starts with a night in Johannesburg, and then a quick transfer the next day to the stunning sub-tropical sea fortress of Saint Helena, Britain’s most remote and beautiful island. Spend the next several days exploring the clear warm waters beyond the seawall diving with enormous manta rays and other fascinating marine creatures and swimming with whale sharks. At night, relax in a British pub or enjoy fine wine and food. Enjoy a tour of the island and visit Napoleon’s grave and house.

Enjoy two dives a day for five days, two whale shark tours, two afternoon dives, three group dinners and an extensive island tour.

The Safari

Dry off your fins and prepare to enjoy a Zambezi river cruise, guided game park drives, great food, huge tented rooms with western style facilities, a small pool to cool down after a full day, and a fully stocked bar to ease into the evening. And then there are the animals: hippos, crocodiles, myriad birds, African elephants, and more!

This portion of the trip starts with a short regional flight from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. The evening festivities include a 2-hour sunset river tour. The next morning, you’ll visit the glorious Victoria Falls, where water thunders from a height of 355 feet.  That afternoon, you’ll board the classic Stimela Star train and enjoy a comfortable sleeper car for the overnight trip toward Hwange National Park.

The next couple of days offers a range of activities, all in the heart of the park. Enjoy game drives with members of our group and be on the lookout for lion, buffalo, kudu, giraffe, zebra, and a stunning number of birds. Crocodiles guard the waterholes, so be sure to watch closely for movement!

The packages

Saint Helena includes:

1 night in the City Lodge Hotel Johannesburg Airport

Flights from Johannesburg to St. Helena and returning to Johannesburg

Airport Transfers on St. Helena Island

10 guided morning dives

2 guided afternoon dives

2 afternoon whale shark snorkel tours

1 full-day land tour in St. Helena

Shared accommodation in the Mantis Hotel St. Helena including breakfast

3 dinners

*Non diver package includes: 2 whale shark snorkel tours, daily breakfast, 3 dinners, and 1 full-day island hike with guide.

Hwange National Park extension includes:

1 night in Johannesburg Airport Hotel with breakfast

Transfer flights from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls to Johannesburg

Road transfers to Victoria Falls airport and Victoria Falls town and hotel

1 night lodging in Victoria Falls Lodge

1 evening river cruise on the Zambezi with transport included

Transfer from Victoria Falls hotel to Dete / Stimela Star train station

1 night full board accommodation on sleeper train Stimela Star into Hwange

National Park

3 nights inside Hwange National Park in Bomani Safari Camp with all meals, soft drinks, park fees, activities, guides, and rangers included in either twin or double tented room

Road transfer from Bomani Campin Hwange NP to Victoria Falls Airport

Flights from Victoria Falls Airport returning to Johannesburg.

Call Jupiter Dive Center for additional information and to reserve you space on this incredible trip before it’s too late.

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Palm Beach County Artificial Reef Fundraiser

Palm Beach County Artificial Reef Fundraiser

As divers, we all know the value of artificial reefs. They provide habitat for marine species, which in turn improves the health of our oceans. Artificial reefs also offer divers new and vibrant sites to explore. And now you can help. Join Jupiter Dive Center at the Palm Beach County Diving Association 2019 Artificial Reef Fundraiser on October fifth!

The Details

Grab your buddies! This year’s family-friendly fundraiser will be at the Loggerhead Marinelife Center, located at 14200 U.S. Hwy 1, in Juno Beach, Florida. The festivities start at 6p.m. and conclude at 9p.m.

Enjoy good food, cold beer, wine and live music—all included in the $20.00 entry price. There will be a live raffle where you can bid on a variety of items that include dive excursions and vacation packages! If a silent auction is more to your liking, check out the wreck memorabilia, dive gear and yet another epic dive excursion you can bid on!

Tickets can be purchased by going online at https://divepbc.com/events/  If you can’t make the fundraiser, please consider making a donation and lending your support from afar.

Palm Beach County is Florida’s largest county with 45 miles of coastline. The waters offshore are populated with a diversity of marine life that makes for world class diving. At various times of the year, you’ll encounter sea turtles, sharks, goliath groupers, and a host of other fishes and creatures—large and small—drawn in by the nutrient-rich Gulf Stream current. Add in an abundance of wrecks and you can see why we love diving off the coast of Jupiter and are passionate about promoting the reefs and surrounding underwater habitats as a sustainable resource.

Now’s your chance to be a part of something big—help support Palm Beach County artificial reefs and join Jupiter Dive Center on October 5, 2019.

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Scuba Fins: How To Get Where You Want To Go!

It’s no secret. The divers who look the most comfortable underwater are those who maintain neutral buoyancy, keep their arms quiet, and maintain a steady, even kick. A poor kick is inefficient. One of the quickest ways to extend your air consumption is to improve your kick–and that requires the proper fin. Jupiter Dive Center can help.

Three Kick Styles

Scuba divers typically use three different types of kicks for propulsion, often switching between them as circumstances dictate.

The flutter kick is what divers learned in their open water course. The kick is from the hip and with very little bend to the knees. It is an efficient kick, but when done close to the sand or in a silty environment (think of your last swim through), it can stir things up with a single stroke. Not something the person behind you will appreciate.

The modified flutter kick is just that. It still has the up and down motion of a flutter kick, but this time, the diver bends his or her knees sharply so the fins are elevated while keeping the thighs in line with the body. This reduces the possibility of stirring up silt.

Lastly, divers may use the frog kick. This is the kick swimmers use during breaststroke. It, too, keeps the fins relatively elevated and is the kick of choice for technical divers in a close environment.  It’s also very efficient, rivals—and may even surpass—the speed of a flutter kick, but may take a bit of time to master.

 

Twin Jet Fin Black

Let’s Talk Fins

Fins come in a variety of configurations, blade lengths, and weights, but they all amplify a diver’s kick and increases his or her propulsion abilities underwater. The proper fin is also tailored to the diver’s size, experience, and fitness level. The two major distinctions are whether they are full-foot fins or open heel fins.

The full foot fin is designed to slip over a diver’s bare foot (although a swim sock cuts down on friction). These fins are often used for snorkeling or scuba diving in warmer waters. They tend to be more flexible and lighter.

The open heel fin doesn’t have an enclosed foot pocket, but rather a strap that rests above the diver’s heel to keep it snug. This type of fin requires divers to wear a bootie—an advantage when diving in colder water or walking across rocky terrain when shore-diving. The blades tend to be longer, thicker, and less flexible—all which contribute to a more forceful thrust when kicking.

The Blades

Divers have an incredible array of choices when it comes to their fins, and most of the innovations are found in the blade. There are wing blades, split fins, articulated joints, propulsion vents, and attachable skegs—not to mention a variety of colors (and let’s be honest, color matters). So how do you know which fin is right for you?

Seawing Nova Blue

 

Try Before You Buy

 The proper fin is tailored to the diver’s size, experience, fitness level and destination (Yes, there are travel fins available that are lighter weight and easier to pack!).

With all these variables, being able to visit our shop, talk to a knowledgeable staff member, and try on a variety of fins really pays off. And we’re happy to help you find the perfect fin!  Jupiter Dive Center is a Scubapro Platinum Dealer and we have everything you need to get the fit and propulsion you want.

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Sea Turtle Awareness Course Offered August 23rd!

Sea Turtle Awareness Course Offered August 23rd!

It’s turtle time along the Jupiter Coast, but if you don’t know the difference between a loggerhead and a hawksbill you can’t fully appreciate one of the area’s wonders. Jupiter Dive Center can change that. We’ve partnered with Loggerhead Marinelife Center to offer a Sea Turtle Awareness Specialty Course on August 23, 2019.

Five species of sea turtles can be found in our area and all are considered endangered. The three most abundant species are the loggerhead, green, and hawksbill. Less abundant are the leatherbacks and the Kemps’ Ridley sea turtles.

The beaches along Jupiter, Florida host one of the densest sea turtle nesting populations in the nation. That means chances are good that divers will encounter sea turtles whenever they dive, but between March and October, the likelihood of seeing one or more of these fabulous marine creatures’ skyrockets.

Because of their love of the ocean, divers often become some of the staunchest marine advocates. Our friends over at the Loggerhead Marinelife Center share our enthusiasm and are dedicated to promoting the conservation of ocean ecosystems and focus their attention on threatened and endangered sea turtles. Together, we provide an in-depth Sea Turtle Awareness program that will help ensure that the magnificent turtles we see today will continue to delight divers well into the future.

The Class

The class begins at the Loggerhead Marinelife Center where experts share their knowledge regarding the role sea turtles play in the marine environment, the issues they face, and the steps diver can take to protect sea turtles. The Loggerhead Marinelife Center also provides sea turtle rehabilitation care, and students will be able to see hatchlings as well as adult turtles at the facility.

Following the presentation, students will have time to grab lunch on their own before certified divers will meet at Jupiter Dive Center for an afternoon two-tank guided dive. Divers will focus on identifying the sea turtles they encounter, locating the types of habitat they prefer and noting any visible human impacts affecting the sea turtles.

Divers who complete both the classroom and dives will receive a Sea Turtle Awareness certification.

Jupiter Dive Center is offering this class August 23rd. So, what are you waiting for? Call (561)745-7807 to reserve your space in the next Sea Turtle Awareness course!

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Dive with the Giants—Goliath Groupers!

Dive with the Giants—Goliath Groupers!

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’ll 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’re big!  How big? When these gentle giants attain maturity, they can stretch up to eight feet and weigh in at 500 pounds.

Goliath Grouper

 

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.

Every year, between July and September, goliath groupers gather off the coast of Jupiter to spawn. Seeing sixty or more of these behemoths is truly an experience that only a fortunate few get to experience. Although a push was made last year to reopen a limited sport season, there wasn’t enough data to show the goliath population had rebounded enough. The effort failed—much to local divers’ delight.

Want To Learn More?

Jupiter Dive Center is proud to offer an exclusive Goliath Grouper Specialty course where you will learn all about goliath grouper identification, habitat, range, diet and role in the marine ecosystem. It starts in the classroom in the morning. Lunch is on us. Then in the afternoon, it’s off on our boats for a two-tank charter where you get to put your newfound knowledge to use accompanied by your instructor. Divers who complete both portions of the class will receive a Goliath Grouper Specialty certification.

Your Next Adventure 

Goliath aggregation has begun, so there’s no better time to book a spot on one of the Wednesday Wreck Trek trips.  Don’t miss this opportunity to interact with these gentle giants of the ocean! 

Reserve your spot now by calling (561)745-7807 or visit our website here!

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Lobster Sport Season: How to catch your dinner safely 

Lobster Sport Season: How to catch your dinner safely.

Spiny Lobster Sport Season opens at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday July 24 and Jupiter Dive Center is ready with special charters! So, grab your license and reserve your spot now!

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. 

Equipment:

If you haven’t 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.

In the water:

Either pull a float or be with someone who is. All Jupiter Dive Center charters have an in-water guide who pulls a float so you don’t have to. But lets face it, it’s lobster season. You and your buddy may splinter off from the guide or need to ascend before the guide. Carry—and know how to deploy—a surface marker buoy. More on that later…

Watch your gauges. In the thrill of the chase, it’s easy to go deeper and stay longer than you intended. And speaking of keeping an eye on things, pay attention to your buddy. Hunting or not, the unexpected can still happen.

At the end of the dive:

Make sure to start your ascent with enough air in your tank to complete your safety stop. As you ascend, listen for boat traffic. The waterways see more private boating during these two days than probably any other time of year. Because sound travels four times faster in water, it is impossible to guess a boat’s direction of travel. Look up and make sure your path is clear. And remember to inflate your surface marker buoy!

The Charters:

We’re offering additional charters during sport season that leave earlier and offer 3-tank dive options. These charters fill quickly—make your reservations now! (add links)

Wednesday:   2-tank charter departs at 7:30 a.m. (Please note the earlier time)
3-tank charter departs at 7:30 a.m.
2-tank charter departs at 12:30 p.m.

Thursday:      2-tank charter departs at 7:30 a.m.
3-tank charter departs at 7:30 a.m.

Lobster Sport Season Rules:

Florida Fish and Wildlife officers are out in force during sport season and it is each diver’s responsibility to know and comply with the regulations.

The daily bag limit is 12 lobsters!

Minimum size limit: Carapace must be larger than three inches, measured in the water. Possession and use of a measuring device is required at all times.  And just in case you don’t already know, here’s how to measure a spiny lobster.

Make sure you have a current recreational saltwater fishing license and a lobster permit to harvest spiny lobster. The harvesting of any egg-bearing lobster is prohibited. Likewise, don’t use any device that is going to puncture or crush the shell or flesh of the lobster. Undersized lobster must be released unharmed.

 

And finally, if you didn’t get your limit during the sport season, don’t worry.  Regular lobster season opens on August 6th and we’re dedicating both our morning and afternoon trips on August 6th and 7th to lobster dives. After the initial opening, we will continue to dedicate our Wednesday and Friday afternoon charters to lobster hunters for the rest of the season.

 

So what are you waiting for? Reserve your spot  today and on July 24th, you can be dining on fresh-caught lobster!