Speaker, Spiegel Grove on agenda

KEY LARGO, Florida Keys -- Diver Paul Caputo swims near the forward deck of the Spiegel Grove. The retired Navy ship is the largest vessel ever scuttled to become an artificial reef. Photo by Stephen Frink/Florida Keys TDC

What does it take to go to the deepest realms of the ocean? What equipment and gas mixes are used to transition from the surface to extreme pressure limits? Learn about intense dives in a “One Atmosphere Diving Suit” to explore planetary biodiversity and the various species that can survive at 2,000 feet and beyond.

The Dive into History Weekend kicks off with a presentation by Joe Dituri on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 10 a.m. He will discuss technical and saturation diving equipment requirements, gas mixtures, and what it was like to be at 1,947 feet. Dituri also will highlight various Association of Marine Exploration missions, which include identifying new creatures discovered on his deepest dives. Visitors also will hear about the similarities between deep ocean and space exploration based on Dituri’s experience on the Mars Desert Research Station, Mission 192.

The morning presentation will be followed by a double-dip dive on the Spiegel Grove Artificial Reef. Divers will meet at Florida Keys Dive Center for check-in at 12:30pm for an afternoon dive. During the dive, participants are encouraged to participate in Citizen Science by helping with a voluntary fish survey provided by REEF.

The fee for the all-day event is $80 and includes presentation, member-for-a-day pass to the Museum, event T-shirt, and dive trip (additional gear rental costs may apply). Museum members pay $70. The presentation alone is $25 for non-members and includes event t-shirt; free for Museum members.

For those who prefer to stay on dry land, Sunday offers two guided tours of the museum at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The cost for the tour is $12, free to museum members.

More information is at 305-664-9737, or email [email protected].

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