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Join the NYC Sea Gypsies for fun morning and evening shore dives in NJ! Advanced sign-up is required and space is limited. Diving is on Saturday, September 18th. (Note: If COVID becomes less of a concern, this will potentially open up to a 3-day camping & diving weekend as well.)

DIVING

In September, warm water comes north resulting in tropical fish visiting the area and temperatures averaging 72-75F. In addition, divers often see crabs, sea robins, flounder, sea stars, and mussels as well as the occasional oyster toadfish, eel, and pipefish. However, one of the biggest draws to the area is the resident seahorse population in the Belmar Back Bay. (See the slideshow at the bottom of this page. Other divers have seen up to 10 seahorses on a single dive!)

These dives are tidal with dives available in the morning and evening. We'll be offering shore dive options for beginners and more advanced divers. Note: The organizer will also be arranging some fun things to do during the day in between the morning and evening dives.

SATURDAY MORNING DIVE (Meet at 7:15AM)

Pt. Pleasant Railroad Bridge - This is an intermediate dive under the bridge next to Pt. Pleasant's Gull Island in the Manasquan River with a max depth of 21-25 ft. Lots of tropical fish like to group here. Current can make this more of an intermediate dive so the shop doesn't recommend this dive for beginners. Limited to 8 divers total.

SATURDAY NIGHT DIVES (Meet at 5:30PM)

Choice of either dive:

Belmar Back Bay at Maclearie Park - This is a beginner-friendly dive with a max depth of 15-20 ft. However, even the more advanced folks will enjoy this dive and also find plenty to photograph with all the interesting marine life during this time of year plus the seahorses.

Shark River Inlet in Belmar - Though only up to 30 ft deep, this is a more advanced dive due to the currents, boat traffic, and fishing entanglements along with a more difficult entry across slippery rocks. Limited to 8 divers total.

The local dive shop, Divers Two will be on site at the dives just for us. They have also kindly offered to lug any tanks/equipment you rent from them to the morning dive site and stay late to accept tank/equipment returns after the night dive. You'll make arrangements to pay in advance for your own equipment/tanks at that shop, Divers Two. Note: A dive flag on a float is required for these dives (a $10 rental).

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 and experience for any particular dive.

Questions? Contact the host, Beth McCrea (membership@seagypsies.nyc).

Dive cost: None aside from a nice tip to the DMs from the shop who will be on site just for us: Divers Two.

The dive shop has also kindly offered to lug any tanks/equipment you've rented from them to the morning dive site and stay late to accept tank/equipment returns after the night dive. You'll make arrangements to pay in advance for your own equipment/tanks at that shop.

Note - A dive flag on a float is required (a $10 rental).
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All divers must read and accept the club diving requirements, and have a 2021 liability waiver and a copy of their certification card on file as a PDF with the Membership Secretary.

Join the NYC Sea Gypsies for fun morning and evening shore dives in NJ! Advanced sign-up is required and space is limited. Diving is on Saturday, September 18th. (Note: If COVID becomes less of a concern, this will potentially open up to a 3-day camping & diving weekend as well.)

DIVING

In September, warm water comes north resulting in tropical fish visiting the area and temperatures averaging 72-75F. In addition, divers often see crabs, sea robins, flounder, sea stars, and mussels as well as the occasional oyster toadfish, eel, and pipefish. However, one of the biggest draws to the area is the resident seahorse population in the Belmar Back Bay. (See the slideshow at the bottom of this page. Other divers have seen up to 10 seahorses on a single dive!)

These dives are tidal with dives available in the morning and evening. We'll be offering shore dive options for beginners and more advanced divers. Note: The organizer will also be arranging some fun things to do during the day in between the morning and evening dives.

SATURDAY MORNING DIVE (Meet at 7:15AM)

Pt. Pleasant Railroad Bridge - This is an intermediate dive under the bridge next to Pt. Pleasant's Gull Island in the Manasquan River with a max depth of 21-25 ft. Lots of tropical fish like to group here. Current can make this more of an intermediate dive so the shop doesn't recommend this dive for beginners. Limited to 8 divers total.

SATURDAY NIGHT DIVES (Meet at 5:30PM)

Choice of either dive:

Belmar Back Bay at Maclearie Park - This is a beginner-friendly dive with a max depth of 15-20 ft. However, even the more advanced folks will enjoy this dive and also find plenty to photograph with all the interesting marine life during this time of year plus the seahorses.

Shark River Inlet in Belmar - Though only up to 30 ft deep, this is a more advanced dive due to the currents, boat traffic, and fishing entanglements along with a more difficult entry across slippery rocks. Limited to 8 divers total.

The local dive shop, Divers Two will be on site at the dives just for us. They have also kindly offered to lug any tanks/equipment you rent from them to the morning dive site and stay late to accept tank/equipment returns after the night dive. You'll make arrangements to pay in advance for your own equipment/tanks at that shop, Divers Two. Note: A dive flag on a float is required for these dives (a $10 rental).

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 and experience for any particular dive.

Questions? Contact the host, Beth McCrea (membership@seagypsies.nyc).
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Dive cost: None aside from a nice tip to the DMs from the shop who will be on site just for us: Divers Two.

The dive shop has also kindly offered to lug any tanks/equipment you've rented from them to the morning dive site and stay late to accept tank/equipment returns after the night dive. You'll make arrangements to pay in advance for your own equipment/tanks at that shop.

Note - A dive flag on a float is required (a $10 rental).
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All divers must read and accept the club diving requirements, and have a 2021 liability waiver and a copy of their certification card on file as a PDF with the Membership Secretary.

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