Camping cost: $110.50/person for the entire weekend. We'll be supplying firewood (up to 10 bundles), a fire pit, all cleaning supplies, & bug spray. You'll pay for parking, & supply your own tent & any other camping equipment you need along with food. Everyone will be cooking their own meals.
Diving cost: You'll arrange & pay for your own equipment and/or tanks with Hampton Dive Center. Note: A dive flag on a float is required for some dives.
Shore dives are free though you may need to pay for parking.
Boat diving off of Block Island is $150/person (boat now sold out, but camping & shore diving is still available)
All divers must read and accept the club diving requirements, & have a 2020 liability waiver & a copy of their certificate card on file as a PDF with the Membership Secretary.
Join us for a wonderful diving & camping weekend Aug. 21-24 offering both shore & boat dives around Montauk, Long Island & off of Block Island, Rhode Island. Advanced sign-up is required.
Beth McCrea (our social events chair) will be hosting this weekend with onsite guidance on the dives from Long Island dive guru, Bill Cadden & special thanks to Joe Sferrazza who secured us our group camping spot. DIVING - Average Temp of 70-75F
While North East dives are generally more challenging than many tropical dives, this dive weekend is geared to both OW & AOW divers because of the focus on shallower dives & the fact that the water is warmer this time of year.
Equipment should be secured ahead of time. We recommend Hampton Dive Center
which is the closest shop to the dive sites & a shop that Joe works out of as an instructor.
We'll be mixing up boat & shore dives this weekend with some people doing one & some another. The shore dives will be based around Montauk & we've arranged with Captain Chuck Wade from Sea Turtle Dive Charters
to take 6 divers on custom boat trips to Block Island. The boat is now sold out for the weekend, but there's still space available for shore diving.SHORE DIVES
The 1st Saturday shore dive will be at Fort Pond Bay, a bay off Long Island Sound in Montauk. This site is interesting for those newer to NE diving & advanced divers. OW classes are sometimes held here because it's shallow with a soft, sandy bottom which gently slopes down, & generally there's not much current. However, this site was originally a WWII sub base so some unique WWII artifacts have been recovered there. In addition, there's some fun marine life like fluke & flounder along with mussel beds.
Max depth: 21-25 ft
Average vis: 26-30 ft
The 2nd Saturday shore dive will be at the West Jetty in Montauk timed for high tide around 12:30PM. This site is a part of the famed Twin Jetties, 2 of the best beach dive sites on Long Island with all types of marine life thriving in & around the large stones which serve as a haven for them.
Max depth: 5-25 ft
Average vis: 5-20 ft
The Sunday shore dives will be determined as we get closer to that weekend, but the dives will be suitable for both those newer to NE diving as well as advanced divers. You can also choose to go off with a buddy to do different dives while just camping with the group. BOAT DIVES
The Sea Turtle Dive Charter
will take 6 divers to nearby Block Island known as the "Bermuda of the North." Though it's located in Rhode Island, it's only 12 miles away from Montauk with some of the best vis found in RI waters. Captain Chuck notes that only an OW certification is required for these two boat trips & that no special gear is required. The boat will go the same location on Saturday & Sunday with different divers each day.
The Block Island Pinnacles - One of the most popular & unique dive sites. This acre of house-sized boulders stacked on top & against one another is a wonder that was formed 15,000 years ago by the ice sheet. The captain notes that we'll be targeting this site as long as there's little to no current making this a fantastic dive no matter your level of diving. All sorts of tunnels, cracks, & crevices form where the boulders join together, & the surfaces are covered with colorful anemones, blood stars, & soft corals. Assuming little current, a shallower depth, great vis, & lots of shelter for marine life, those newer to North East diving will be entranced while expert divers can swim through the tunnels for a more advanced dive.
Max depth: 60-80 ft
Average vis: 20-40+ ft
The Lightburn Wreck - A 419-foot tanker built in 1919 that ran aground right in front of the Block Island Southeast Lighthouse in 1939. As Captain Chuck notes, "the wreck is now unrecognizable as a ship, but still offers an enjoyable dive for everyone. In only 30ft of water, structures reach to the surface & form underwater corrals for fish. When the conditions are right, this dive could be mistaken for one in tropical waters."
Max depth: 30 ft
Average vis: 15-40+ ft
Note: The NYC Sea Gypsies do not vet divers; we are not in a position to decide about the suitability of any dive for any diver. It is your responsibility to decide whether you have the training & experience for any particular dive.CAMPING
The camping is in a group camping spot in Cedar Point County Park, East Hampton on a peninsula in a shady forest within walking distance of a long, sandy beach.
We'll be supplying firewood (up to 10 bundles), a fire pit, all cleaning supplies, & bug spray. You'll pay for parking, & supply your own tent & any other camping equipment you need along with food. Everyone will be cooking their own meals.
Limited spots available so RSVP now.OTHER FUN ACTIVITIES
In addition to diving, there's swimming, boating on the nearby lake, hiking, & a visit to the nearby village of Sag Harbor with its excellent eateries, cute shops, & Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum
For any questions, contact the host, Beth McCrea (firstname.lastname@example.org