South Beach Divers
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South Beach Style

July 2 - 7

Swim with sharks!



Event details

July 2

Spiegel Grove PADI Specialty

Sunk May 17, 2002, the 510’ Navy Landing Ship – The Spiegel Grove – is the largest wreck ever to be sunk for the intention of recreational diving. The vessel conducted amphibious exercises in the Mediterranean Sea and supported manned space flights, including the 1971 Apollo 14 moon mission. The Spiegel Grove is now starting to accumulate large resident fish including Goliath Grouper and Barracuda. This wreck is massive, and the history behind her is incredible! Spiegel Grove Diver Specialty course will help familiarize divers with the skills and knowledge needed to safely dive this large wreck. A brief one-hour classroom session will explore the history of the Spiegel Grove when she was in service, along with the procedures used for the initial sinking and how that went array! We will also learn about the benefits of an artificial reef and the social and legal aspects of sinking such a large shipwreck in Key Largo.
** Minimum Open Water Certification, recommended Advanced Open Water and Enriched Air


  • 1 hour classroom session on the history of the USS Spiegel Grove
  • Roundtrip transportation to Key Largo
  • 2 Air Tanks & Weights (Nitrox Recommended $12 add on per tank)
  • Two special guided dives on the USS Spiegel Grove
  • PADI Spiegel Grove Specialty Certification Card



July 3

Dive Against Debris Reef Cleanup

Join us for a two-tank reef cleanup just offshore of Miami Beach! Partnering with Project AWARE and Debris Free Ocean, we will dive on our local reefs in Miami while safely removing debris we may find. Cleanup supplies (gloves, mesh bags and shears) will be provided by Debris Free Oceans and Project AWARE. After each dive, we will record data about the marine debris that we collect, and submit this data to PADI Project AWARE and Southeast Florida Action Network (FDEP) for future use by researchers and policy-makers.
* Minimum Open Water Certification


  • Reef Clean Up Supplies
  • Debris Free Ocean and Project AWARE Dive Against Debris Classroom session
  • Roundtrip transportation to Miami Beach Marina
  • 2 Air Tanks & Weights
  • Optional Dive Against Debris Specialty Course add on for $49



July 4

PADI Project AWARE Shark Conservation Specialty in Key Largo

Love sharks? Scared of sharks? Or do you just want to know more about them? Join our AWARE Shark Conservation
Specialty Course and discover the value of sharks to marine ecosystems and economies. You’ll learn more about the causes
of declining shark populations and the actions you can take to become a knowledgeable and passionate shark defender. By
being informed, you can dispel misconceptions and act to protect sharks. Sharks need you!

The specialty course will include two guided dives (or guided snorkel tour) on the nation’s first underwater park, the John Pennekamp Marine Sanctuary. This sanctuary is one of the oldest in the country, and these shallow coral reefs have seen a recent rise in shark population due to the highly patrolled 70-mile marine protected area, which now also acts as a shark sanctuary. Visit our local Key Largo sharks while learning how we can protect them!


  • 1 hour classroom session on about shark conservation and how we can protect our local shark species!
  • Two dives or snorkel on the coral reefs in the John Pennekamp Marine Sanctuary to observe sharks on the coral
    reefs (possible shark and ray species include nurse sharks, southern stingrays, Caribbean reef sharks, and
    occasionally a great hammerhead)
  • Roundtrip transportation to Key Largo (and guest hotel pickup at Generator Hotel)
  • PADI project AWARE Shark Conservation Specialty Certification Card (or Certificate for non-divers)



July 5

Shark Research Field Trip to the Bahamas to visit Bimini Shark Lab

South Beach Dive and Surf will take a one-day field trip via the ferry over to the Bahamas and participate in a private guided tour of the Bimini Biological Field Station (aka Bimini Shark Lab). In 2011, the Bahamas became a true safe haven for sharks, becoming only the 4th country in the world to establish a shark sanctuary. All sharks in Bahamian waters now formally protected by law, and recognized for their importance to the local ocean ecosystem and for their great tourism value – they are truly worth more alive than dead.
The Bimini Biological Field Station Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization located on the island of South Bimini, Bahamas that focus exclusively on shark and ray research and conservation. The shark lab has three main objectives: Understanding the biology of sharks, educating future scientists, and enhancing conservation and awareness!

What to bring (carry-on bag only)

  • Sunscreen or Sun Protection
  • Sunglasses / Hat
  • Comfortable Water Shoes
  • Baiting Suit and Towel
  • Extra Pair of Clothes
  • Cash for food, souvenirs, and RECOMMENDED
    $10 donation for SharkLab Tour


  • Roundtrip transportation to Bimini via the FRS Caribbean Ferry
  • Shark Conservation Presentation Given on Ferry to Bahamas
  • Immigration Fees, Taxes, and Port Fees
  • Ground transportation in the Bahamas to the Bimini Shark Lab
  • SharkLab Tour will include:
    • A talk from researchers explaining background information about the station, sharks, research, and techniques.
    • A trip to their mangrove shark pen where we will show you either a juvenile lemon or nurse shark and discuss
      various aspects of their physiology.




July 6

Swim with sharks


Snorkel and free dive with the oceans top predators as we talk about shark conservation aboard the Emerald in Jupiter, FL. Without a tank, these sharks swim peacefully by you. They will change your perspective, and show that sharks are not the villains Hollywood makes them out to be. Learn how important sharks are to keep our ocean ecosystem healthy, and that they are truly worth more alive than dead!
This is the trip for you if you’re looking for a world-class opportunity to further understand sharks by swimming side by side with a variety of sharks, including silky (pictures above), dusky sharks, lemon sharks, bull sharks, sandbar sharks, and hopefully a hammerhead or tiger shark!
Project AWARE Shark Conservation Course Included!

Shark Diving Gear Required

  • full wetsuit
  • gloves
  • hood, and
  • no bright/contrasting colors – yellow, pink, orange, white


  • Classroom Session about Proper techniques for Safely Swimming with Sharks, and an AWARE Shark Conservation
    and Shark Ecology Session
  • Two-hour professionally guided tour Snorkeling or Freediving with Sharks
  • Roundtrip transportation to Jupiter, FL
  • Snorkeling gear and Wetsuit Rental
  • AWARE Shark Conservation Specialty Course



July 7

PADI Project AWARE Shark Conservation Specialty


South Florida has some of the best shark diving in the United States and Jupiter is one of top shark diving
destinations in the world. Not only does this location have large numbers of sharks, but it is also home to a wide
variety species such as Lemon, Dusky, Silky, Sandbar, Bull, Tiger and Hammerhead Sharks. We’ve even spotted
Whale Sharks and Manta Rays there as well! Massive Loggerhead Turtles and Goliath Groupers jostle for position, so
get ready for a once-in-a-lifetime dive trip! This trip is for experienced divers, as we will drift dive along ledges and
beautiful shipwreck, and has a limited number of spots!

During this incredible shark trip, guests will earn the PADI Project AWARE Shark Conservation Specialty Course, and
learn about how sharks and in peril and what we as divers can do to help!! We will learn about basic shark biology,
what local species live near us, and while diving with the sharks, we will identify human caused harm that our sharks
show – such as hooks, prop marks, and even bullet holes.


  • AOW Certification or Higher
  • Nitrox Certification
  • HIGHLY RECOMMENDED 40 logged dives, including logged deep and drift dives
  • SHARK DIVE GEAR REQUIRED – hoods, gloves, full exposure suit, and no bright colors
  • Cameras are allowed BUT if client is unfamiliar with shark diving, then they will be asked to leave the camera on deck for dive 1 for safety reasons to encourage participant to experience first shark dive without any added distractions


  • Shark Week Tank Top!!
  • Goodie Bag from our awesome sponsors!
  • AWARE Classroom Session on Shark Conservation and Shark Ecology (held the day before on Saturday at
    11:00am at the dive shop)
  • Three (3) Guided drift and wreck dives with sharks such as lemon sharks, duskies, silkies, and hopefully larger
    species such as hammerheads or tiger sharks!
  • Roundtrip transportation to Jupiter, FL
  • 3 Nitrox tanks and weights (aluminum, Steel Available $10 more per tank)
  • Gourmet lunch on board
  • PADI Project AWARE Shark Conservation Specialty Diver Card



July 7

Keg ‘ n Klean - Beach Clean Up


Join us for a Keg n’ Klean to close out the week with a celebration! Help us clean the beach after Fourth of July weekend, and bring a reusable cup to enjoy free beer courtesy of Wynwood Brewing Co.! All cleanup supplies will be provided by Debris Free Oceans. Prizes for coolest debris found, and most trash collected!

Towards the end of the cleanup, we will announce the winners of the Shark Week Raffle benefiting Debris Free Ocean and Project AWARE!


  • FREE BEER only if you bring a reusable cup!!
  • Beach Clean Up Supplies
  • Project AWARE and Sponsor Stickers and Swag


FREE !!!

Book your spot today

July 2 - Spiegel Grove PADI Specialty July 3 - Dive Against Debris Reef Cleanup July 4 - PADI Project AWARE Shark Conservation Specialty in Key Largo July 5 - Shark Research Field Trip to the Bahamas to visit Bimini Shark Lab July 6 - Swim with sharks July 7 - PADI Project AWARE Shark Conservation Specialty July 7 - Keg 'n' Klean - Beach Clean Up