| Coral Restoration Trip

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Date(s) - 08/13/2023 - 08/19/2023
All Day


Trip Details:

AUGUST 13-19, 2023

Coral Restoration with The Coral Restoration Foundation (CRF) in Tavernier, FL

Accommodations: Bayside Inn in Key Largo, FL

Dive operator: Captain Slate Scuba Adventures in Tavernier, FL

Sunday Aug. 13:   Arrive at Bayside Inn

Monday:  Captain Slate has given ADFC special dive rates for this trip. The plan is to dive wrecks and reefs and the exact sites will be decided based on weather and ocean conditions during the trip. NOTE: Captain Slate Scuba in Tavernier is about a 12 -15-minute drive from Bayside Inn in Key Largo, and transportation is not provided.

Tuesday and Wednesday: Coral restoration with CRF for the in-classroom course, then restoration course activities in the ocean nursery and outplanting.  The boat is chartered for these dives.

Thursday morning, we will be joining the I.CARE team in Islamorada,  https://www.icareaboutcoral.org/ They will train us on their outplanting techniques and give us a tour of Mote Aquarium’s land-based nursery. Then we will participate in a  2-tank outplanting dive.
On Friday afternoon, we will participate in a 2-tank dive, dive 1 cleaning coral trees in Mote’s offshore nursery, and dive 2 performing maintenance on I.CARE outplanted corals. Please note, dives on Friday will be shallow, no more than 30 feet deep so a 12-hour surface time should be sufficient for flying. If flying out on Saturday, afternoon flights are recommended.


Coral Restoration Foundation:

Coral Restoration for divers already certified $70 donation to CRF and for noncertified $170. donation to CRF. CRF will train ADFC instead of us signing up with one of their dive shop partners.  People already certified must also take the course If certified somewhere else, or it has been a long time since their certification. Coral restoration in FL is a little different, and methods change. This donation fee can be paid when on-site.

Captain Slate Scuba Adventure:

Standard Boat dive fees with Captain Slate are $90 per person with tanks and weights.  For the coral restoration days, ADFC will have discounted charter fees, the cost will be $81 per diver with tanks and weights for a minimum of 10 divers. Thursday charter and coral restoration diving are TBD. Friday will be determined by the number available to charter. If not enough, divers can sign up for a regular boat dive with Captain Slate.  Sales tax is not included in these rates.  All boat fees will be paid on-site before the dive trip. 

I.CARE: Islamorada Conservation and Restoration Education

Day 1 (Thursday) Diving and Education – $75 for 2-Tank trip, $25 donation to I.CARE

Day 2 (Friday) $75 for 2-Tank Trip

Gear Rental: $34 if needed. Tanks and Weights are included in the $75 fee for dive trips.

Bayside Inn:

Bayside Inn is centrally located, with many restaurants and bars within walking distance. They offer a heated outdoor pool and private beach, complimentary parking, and Wi-Fi. The Inn has an onsite restaurant, Snook’s Bayside Restaurant & Grand Tiki Bar The restaurant offers guests of the Inn 10% off.

Trip participants must book their stay at the Inn, call and let Bayside know they are part of your ADFC group to get the discounted rate and the waived resort $25 fees.  All guest rooms are subject to 12.5% State and local Sales/Occupancy Tax.  Call 305-451-4450 for reservations and ask for Hotel Representative Rebecca Ledesma.

Discounted Rates: $149 per night with choice while available of King Size Bed or 2 double beds.

             ADFC has a limited number of rooms available, so please book early to reserve your room at this rate.

              Reservation Deadline: July 13, 2023.

Please Note: This does not include Airfare, ground transportation, or meals.  Don’t delay, this trip has a limit of 15 participants!

Once you have reserved your room at Bayside Inn, email diverforcoralrestoration@gmail and let us know you have reserved a room; include your full name, phone # and email address in the email. We will put you on the list for the boat for Captain Slate and on the list for the coral restoration course. If you need a roommate, we will try to help put people together as well. Just let us know in the email.

Also note: Advanced Open Water Certification is recommended for this trip.

You must have active Dive Accident insurance to participate in this trip.

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