Summertime Diving!

Whether you are a die-hard or destination diver, summer months offer plenty of opportunity to take the plunge. Warm water, vacation time, special dives, and migrating marine life make for exciting times off the Treasure Coast, and Jupiter Dive Center can help you experience it all—safely!

A Summer Schedule of Special Dives

Let’s start with the adventures! There are a boatload of special dives available over the summer months and here are a few that will make you want to mark your calendars before they sell out!

Want more? Check out our Book A Dive page for our complete schedule!

Fourth of July

What better way to enjoy the holiday’s fireworks than from the deck of one of our spacious boats? Combine it with a night dive! Explore the ocean in a different light and see a whole new realm! Diving at night is mysterious. Animal behaviors change. Some fishes disappear, others come out to play. Lobsters and octopuses prowl for prey. Larger marine animals cruise the waters. See first-hand how the reefs you’ve seen by day, support different species at night.

JDC-Fireworks

Spiny Lobster Sport Season

The 2024 two-day Spiny Lobster Sport Season opens at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, July 24th, and ends at midnight on Thursday, July 25th.  

Lobster in the coral

For the uninitiated, that’s two days of craziness as lobster hunters flood Florida waters in search of their bag limit of the delicious bugs—which for the record is twelve per day off the Jupiter coast! Jupiter Dive Center will run lobster hunting charters to places only locals know. (Make sure to note the special times!)

Divers must have their own measuring device, saltwater fishing license, and the applicable lobster tag. Make sure to check the latest regulations with Florida Fish and Wildlife.

Opening Day of Lobster Season

Didn’t catch your limit during the mini-season? Don’t worry. The eight-month Lobster season opens August 6, 2024, and Jupiter Dive Center is running opening day charters! Just like mini-season, always check the Florida Fish and Wildlife site before you go out to make sure you are in compliance (link above paragraph).

Wednesday Wreck Treks & Goliath Grouper Charters!

In a nutshell, the Wreck Trek is a series of wrecks that include the Zion Train, Miss Jenny, and the ESSO Bonaire. The wrecks offer goliaths large nooks and crannies where they can hide and the wrecks have become a popular aggregation site.

Diving with a goliath grouper 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. We offer charters to the Wreck Trek every Wednesday morning and other times by request. In August and September, we offer frequent trips to the Wreck Trek combined with the MG 111 to capitalize on viewing the goliaths. Bring your camera and your sense of adventure!

Goliaths on MG111

Wetsuits and other diving apparel

woman in a dive wetsuit layering with a rash guard

A quick peek out the window is often all you’ll need to do to know how to dress for the outdoors. Going underwater is different and there are several things to consider. Where are you diving? How deep are you going? How long are you going to be down? And the one consideration many divers forget about (until they accidentally brush against fire coral) is what kind of exposure protection you need. 

The ocean’s surface temperature along the Treasure Coast often hits the mid-80s during the summer months. That means the 5mm you enjoyed earlier in the year may lead to overheating during the warmer months. Many divers dial down their insulation needs accordingly.

Jupiter dives typically range from 60-90 feet deep, and at that depth, the temperature is still cooler. Most divers opt for 1-3mm (or combinations, thereof). Not all wetsuit choices are all or nothing. Scubapro has a line of exposure protection that includes dive shirts, vests, jackets, and leggings so you can mix and match to ensure your comfort and protection.

Traveling with Jupiter Dive Center to Little Cayman? Many divers opt for a Scubapro 1mm long-sleeve shirt and shorts or rash guards and leggings.

Boots are often traded in for smaller and lighter booties—but consider the terrain if you are shore diving, and if your fins were sized to the heavier boot. And remember the thinner your exposure protection, the less weight you’ll need while diving.

Summer Diving Safety

Sunburn and dehydration too often go hand in hand with summer activities of all sorts. The good news is both are easily avoidable. Sunscreen, hats, getting under shade, and wearing sunglasses go a long way to protect your skin while the sun shines from above, and the rays reflect off the waves.

Dehydration is a bit sneakier and it’s better to stay ahead of it than realize you’re already thirsty. There’s always plenty of cold water and iced beverages on the boat, and it’s never a bad idea to bring your own favorite. If you’re prone to seasickness, being overheated and thirsty is only going to make it worse.

Diver-with-SMB

Another safety reminder is that divers are not the only ones enjoying long summer days on the water. Boat traffic is heavier during the summer months than during  the cooler months and there is a reason every diver is required to have their own Surface Marker Buoy (SMB or Safety Sausage).

Drift diving often means that divers come up at different times and it is critical that not only can our captains see you to pick you up, but your surface marker buoy also alerts every other boater to your location. This is particularly important during the two days of mini-lobster season. More on that in just a bit!

Nitrox and Advanced Open Water Certification Courses

Two divers with Nitrox diving a wreck

If you’re diving in Jupiter, Florida, the majority of our reefs and the popular Wreck Trek are deeper. That means some of our specialty dives require advanced open water and all of our charters require divers to be Nitrox certified. Why? Because the deeper you dive, the quicker you’ll consume your air—and the more nitrogen your body will absorb. Learning how to dive with enriched air is a game-changer!

Earning your advanced scuba certification with Jupiter Dive Center allows you to enjoy more of the ocean while equipping you with the knowledge and skills to do it safely. 

The fundamentals include instruction on deep diving and underwater navigational skills, but then you can discuss the other options to complete the course with your instructor. Choose among boat diving, underwater photography, fish identification, wreck diving, and more. Best of all, it’s fun!

The nitrox–enriched air certification is the most popular specialty certification available. Want to safely extend your no-decompression time and remain underwater longer? How about reducing your surface interval?  With a Nitrox certification, you can! The course is online, and no dives are required. After finishing the academics, you’ll work with an instructor to learn and then demonstrate your ability to analyze tanks and confirm that you understand depth limitations. That’s it! You can be diving with enriched air on your very next dive.

Warm water, incredible critters, and plenty of sun: Jupiter, Florida is a premier vacation location—for locals and visitors alike. Make the most of your summer. Call Jupiter Dive Center at 561-745-7807 or book your dive online today, and we’ll see you on the boat!

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