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DISCOVER THE NORTH CAROLINA EXPERIENCE
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Date: July 21-26, 2020 (Diving days July 22-25, Arrive July 21, Depart July 26)
Location: Morehead City, NC for world class Wreck & Shark diving
Hotel: Fisherman's Inn is a classic NC beach town motel perfectly suited for divers. Located at 200 Atlantic Beach Cswy; Atlantic Beach, NC 28512, (252) 726-2273 (about 10-15 mins to the boat)
Dive operator: Land based dive operator Olympus Diving located in Morehead City, NC - Boat - Midnight Express (about 10-15 mins from the hotel)
Water Temp: 78 - 82 F
Air Temp: 88 F
Visibility: 30-100 ft depending on wreck and conditions (Viz is usually the best in July)
Want to Carpool or Rideshare: Click HERE to discuss.
Experience Level: Intermediate to Advanced depending on conditions. (Please see full qualifications list in the summary I've made AND in the Qualifications section near the end of the trip details)
- Current at times very strong so you must stay on the anchor line up and down and use the wreck to break any bottom current.
- Vis can vary from 30 ft to 100 ft depending on the gulf stream and winds.
- Water temps will usually be 79-80 with the chance of thermoclines depending on the wreck.
- There are NO in water dive guides. The dive crew will jump in and tie our anchor off to the wreck and help divers in and out of the water. The second crew member will then jump in at the end and untie the anchor line from the wreck. They are not available to guide divers around the wreck.
- We will show you a wagon wheel or star pattern navigation trick that will enable you to enjoy the wreck and see plenty of things AND not get lost.
- There will be several dive boats on any wreck at any given time so you must be familiar with YOUR boat's anchor line and where we are in relation to the wreck ie. stern or bow or mid section. (HOWEVER any anchor line is a good one if you need to go up vs doing a free ascent)
- We usually try to do either stern or bow to help with navigation.
- These dives are deep... 80-120 ft deep and the rides are long...2-3 hrs to the wrecks.
- Please read the FULL QUALIFICATIONS section at the end of this trip details posting and READ THIS LINK where I explain NC Wreck & Shark Diving. Its not for everyone...but for those who go...they will forever be changed!
- OTHER REQUIREMENTS FROM THE BOAT:
· A minimum of 40-50 logged dives. Advanced Open Water Certification OR equivalent required.
· At least 2 dives in the ocean to 70 feet or greater.
· At least 2 logged boat ocean dives.
· At least 2 dives in the last 12 months. Minimum age for Full Day Dive Trip is 15 years old.
· Physically able to put tanks (rental or private) on the boat each day and remove them to get them filled. (Wheelbarrows are available but the dive crew/shop staff do not manage/handle tanks for divers.)
TRIP PKG PRICING:
- Diver D/O = 16-18 spaces (depending on covid) $1097 or $1065 CASH
- Diver S/O = ? spaces $TBD or $TBD CASH
- Diving ONLY Pkg =$716 or $695 CASH We have a limited number of diving only pkgs for those who live locally or are staying at another hotel because they have a non-diving companion. Price includes lunch on boat, group cookout, and 4 days 2 tank offshore dives . Email email@example.com for details and availability.
- Non-Diver = ? spaces. Any non diver (unless the accompaniment of a "single" room recipient...would need to stay at another hotel. The hotel barely has enough rooms for all the divers to stay in. If we have a member that wants to bring a non-diver please discuss with me so I can see if its possible to work something out. Rooms in NC are very scarce due to the aftermath of the last serious hurricane. Some hotels have closed forever and many are slow to reopen creating a shortage of rooms. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss)
*All prices are per person.
**Cash Discounted Price is given when you select e-check at final checkout
- 6 Days/5 Nights at Fisherman's Inn & Diver's Hotel (WE HAVE BOOKED THE ENTIRE HOTEL including all rooms, the bunkhouse, the dock, grills, etc.) - NOTE: You can stay at other hotels of your own choosing. This is one of the most economical and diver friendly hotels in the area that has been hard hit by hurricanes the past couple of years. Contact us to decouple the diving, boat lunches and group BBQ Cookout etc from the trip price for you. If anyone does stay at another property a possible single occupancy is created.
- 4 full days of (2) Offshore Tank Boat dives for 8 boat dives in the pkg with Olympus Dive Center onboard Midnight Express
- Lead is included TANKS ARE NOT. and I'm checking on weight belts
- Opportunity to dive on "Real WWI and WWII wrecks which are true victims of war including the U352 German U-boat one of only 3 uboats in diveable waters
- Opportunity to dive with numerous Sand Tiger Sharks, Sand Bar Sharks and possibly a Bull Shark or two.
- Opportunity to dive with massive schools of BIG FISH including schools of Barracudas 6-8ft long
- Expertise on "HOW TO DIVE NC" and help in preparing you for this amazing destination as well as help determining if too advanced.
- Wide Angle Photography Workshop Tips for getting great shots of SHARKS from locally renown photographer and SD.com member!
- Breakfast on the dock and boat daily
- Catered Lunch daily on the boat including snacks, sodas and water
- One Cookout on the dock dinner to include fresh caught fish, steak, pork, chicken, sides, beverages including wine and beer
- Group reservations at 'best local' eateries which is hard to do during a holiday or busy summer weekend or the chance to do another cookout, pizza party etc on the dock to avoid crowds. Heck with 16-18 people WE ARE THE PARTY!
- Special Happy Hour Events & Pricing
- Great give-aways!
- Lots of 'Meets & Greets' to get to know everyone!
- FREE DEMOS of BIG BLUE DIVE LIGHTS & special deals to OWN YOUR OWN BIG BLUE LIGHT(s)
- Wanna carpool or rideshare? Click HERE
OPTIONAL ADD ON'S:
- $6 or $5 CASH "Group TShirt" INCLUDES FREE SHIPPING & for add'l $6 or $5 CASH upgrade you can choose your color/saying/style (see details in separate post)
- Extra Night Local Group Hotel d/o: TBA (please arrange via email@example.com)
- Extra Night Local Group Hotel s/o: TBA (please arrange via firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Rent A Buddy
- Day $52 Day FULL PRICE per member or $50 CASH (Not generally available on this trip)
- Week $155 FULL PRICE per member or $150 CASH Not generally available on this trip)
- Paralenz Camera Rental per day via SD.com $31 per Day FULL PRICE or $30 CASH (Rental rates can be applied to the purchase of your own camera if purchased within 21 days of your trip. This program is offered only via SingleDIvers.com)
- Olympus TG6 Camera Rental per day via SD.com $31 per Day FULL PRICE or $30 CASH (Rental rates can be applied to the purchase of your own camera if purchased within 21 days of your trip. This program is offered only via SingleDIvers.com)
- SD Air Booking Fee - $37 FULL PRICE per member or $35 CASH
FILLS & RENTALS - PAYABLE TO THE SHOP IN NC BUT SET UP IN ADVANCE TO PRE-SELECT TANKS:
Tanks are not included in the diving charter price because unlike a international destination where you can't bring your own tanks and therefore they are supplied; in NC you can bring your own tanks and so most people do since its a 'drive in' destination.
So if you are bringing your own tanks use the "FILL" pricing below. If you are renting tanks use the "RENTAL" pricing below. Also note that regardless of fills or rentals...you will need to help get the tanks to the shop for filling for the next day. The shop provides carts for helping with this and we'll create an assembly line to help people etc. But just remember that the shop is NOT responsible for taking your tanks off the boat, filling them and returning them to the boat the next day.
We will start to capture what you are doing HERE so we can get enough tanks on hold for you if RENTING. If doing fills it is not a big deal. If renting tanks and you opt for a larger tank then we definitely MUST get them on hold for you as soon as we can.
Tank Fill Rates = CASH pricing - PAYABLE AT THE DIVE SHOP DIRECTLY
- Air up to 99 cubic ft $6.00
- Air more than 100 cubic ft $7.00
- Nitrox 30% up to 99 cubic ft $12.00
- Nitrox 30% more than 100 cubic ft $14.00
Rental PER DAY Prices = CASH pricing - PAYABLE AT THE DIVE SHOP DIRECTLY
- Aluminum 80 (Air) $7.00
- Aluminum 100 (Air) $11.00
- Aluminum or Steel 80 cf (EAN) $16.00
- Aluminum or Steel 100+ cf (EAN) $19.00
- Weights Included
- Regulator System w/ SPG $15.00
- BCD w/ Power Inflator $15.00
- Wetsuit 3mm or 5mm $15.00
- Nitrox Computer $20.00 - SEE BELOW & KAMALA
- Paralenz Camera $30.00 - SEE BELOW & KAMALA
- Olympus TG6 Camera $30.00 - SEE BELOW & KAMALA
- Computer: SD.com will have some rentals...RESERVE IN ADVANCE DUE TO LIMITED QUANTITY. ALL DIVERS MUST DIVE A COMPUTER
- Dive Lights - NEVER RENT AGAIN...our new corporate sponsor Big Blue Dive Lights will let you use one of their lights for FREE on your trip! And then offer great incentives if you wish to own your own! YOU MUST TELL US IF USING ONE AS WE CAN"T BRING ENOUGH FOR EVERYONE...
- Camera & Video Rentals - Rent a Paralenz or Olympus TG6 camera including basic instructions and camera tips. Rental rates can be applied to the purchase of your own camera if purchased within 21 days of your trip. This program is offered only via SingleDIvers.com
- Airfare to Raleigh (RDU) or New Bern nor transport from Raleigh/New Bern to Morehead City approx 3 hrs away - SEE WHO MAY WANT TO RIDESHARE OR CARPOOL? HERE
- Does not include Tank rental nor fills. You can rent tanks which will be filled daily for you or you can bring your own tanks and then fill them daily. You can dive either nitrox or air but we do not know why anyone would use air...too far to go the site(2-3 hrs)...too deep(80-120ft)...not enough bottom time without using nitrox. IMHO.
- Does not include 4 of 5 night's dinners
- Does not include breakfast on departure day but a great diner 4 corners is close where we can eat and then head out for airports or driving. NOTE check out flight info for when to fly home
- Rental, instruction and retail charges
- Dive Crew/Hotel/Wait staff gratuities (usually 10-15% )
- Instruction/Classes - will NOT be available on this trip. Please let us know what you are interested in?
- DIVE Insurance - is MANDATORY! DIVE insurance is VERY inexpensive. Even if you have insurance that you think covers DIVING ACCIDENTS and air lifts it is CHEAP to get a supplemental policy to ensure you are cared for.
- TRIP Insurance - It is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED.
- See INSURANCE section below for recommendations.
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This is my NC home away from home and has been since I got certified in 1994. I've stayed in every room dozens of time but my fave is the 'bunkhouse' or 'girl's hang out' or 'dive central'. It has TONS of space and 2 full bathrooms and a kitchen area that helps me with the meals we will be serving on the trip. I'm talking about a quaint hotel that has been in NC longer than I've been alive, remodeled dozens of times due to storms that hit the area and holds ALL my most amazing NC Memories...the fisherman's Inn and diving hotel! Well its technically called Fisherman's Inn but more divers stay in it than fisherman. It is located on the Atlantic Beach Causeway, 1.6 miles on the left, after the right turnoff of highway 70 East in Morehead City.
Grills and picnic tables are available for our use on our private dock, behind the motel and next to the boats. All rooms have a refrigerator, cable TV and microwaves. Free Wi-Fi is also available.
It is comfortable, easy to deal with wet gear allowing for drying along wall in front as well as the upstairs bunkhouse railing. REMEMBER...we are taking the ENTIRE HOTEL so it will only be our group staying there which makes it super convenient and fun and safe for us and our gear.
Travel & Transfer Details:
You will fly into Raleigh Durham International RDU which is about 3+ hrs to the beach aka Atlantic Beach/Morehead City, NC. You can fly into New Bern but its a very small regional airport so may have baggage restrictions. However you will be only an hour or so from the beach.
No airport transfers are included but we will help you find others driving or flying to carpool and rideshare with.
GETTING TO NORTH CAROLINA & THE BEACH
- You can fly into RDU via all major carriers.
- You will then rent a car and drive to Atlantic Beach where the hotel is & Morehead City where the boat is.
- The drive is approx 3+ hrs from the RDU airport on Hwy 70. (We will provide complete driving directions & tips prior to the trip. ASK US FOR THESE DIRECTIONS AS YOU WILL GET LOST OTHERWISE. GPS IS NOT ALWAYS CORRECT...TRUST US!!)
- Alternatively you can DRIVE TO NC from wherever you wish. Some members are coming from the North East so you may be able to join them. Track this HERE
- We will help members see what others are doing or help with carpooling/ridesharing HERE
FLYING IN AND OUT OF RDU ... DISCUSS HERE:
I have been asked to help with suggestion regarding "Do Not Arrive Later times" and suggested "Do not depart sooner times" for our NC trip.
Arriving in RDU
Since its a 3 hr drive and you do not want to arrive too late because we have to get up at 5-5:30am the next morning to be at the dive shop UBER early... I would say do not arrive in RDU any later than 2 or 3pm at the latest. This will put you into Atlantic Beach if you do not get lost around 7-9pm based upon getting a rental car and getting out of the airport ON A SUMMER OR HOLIDAY WEEKEND DRIVING IN SUMMER/HOLIDAY TRAFFIC as everyone goes to the beach for the holidays (ok it just feels that way). If you want to join up with people in Atlantic Beach for dinner vs eating along the drive then I would shoot for arriving in RDU by 1-2 pm to get to Allantic beach by 6-7pm BEST CASE SCENARIO since its a busy summer/ holiday weekend.
Departing from RDU
As for return remember the following:
- You need to drive 3 hrs back and drop off a rental car and deal with transferring back to the airport etc.
- You need to allow enough time to finish off gassing from diving.
- So I would depart Atlantic Beach around 11:00-11:30am get lunch in Goldsboro at Wilber's BBQ (AMAZING NC BBQ) and plan to arrive at the airport around 2:30-3pm for a 5pm or later flight out of RDU. Of course you can modify accordingly but this allows you 3+ hrs to get back to the airport, time to drop the car etc and still have time for lunch stop on the way plus 2 hrs prior to your flight home since it is coming off a busy summer/holiday weekend.
- Plus you get to sleep in a little and we get a really NICE country style breakfast... biscuits and gravy, eggs and sausage or bacon etc. at the Corner Diver 1 block away before everyone leaves to go home. Its a traditional way to say goodbye and end a great trip. After that you can easily have time to go and see Queen Anne's Revenge Museum or the local Fort before getting on the road to return to RDU. If driving you will want to get on the road right after breakfast which opens early.
- Of course you can also take the extra time to pack up your things which you've been drying at the hotel to get ready to head home or fly out.
I hope this helps. PLEASE use THIS topic to discuss who is doing what!
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Edited by WreckWench, 23 April 2021 - 01:10 PM.