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03/17/2018 - 8:30am SD|Hydro Atlantic [Pompano Dive Center] 11
Time: 8:30AM
Price: $80.00 per person

Hydro Atlantic Wreck Dive Site

  •    Type: Down Line Drift

  •    Depth range: 145-175 ft.

  • Skill level: Deep Air (Tech), Trimix

  • On December 7, 1987, a ship of huge proportions sank in a storm just one mile east of the Boca Raton Inlet. The ship was being towed to Brownsville, Texas where it was to be salvaged. Instead it sank on our door step and was discovered one month later by Captain David Turbeville. Today the Hydro Atlantic is considered to be one of the 10 best dives in the United States. Lying in 172 feet of water, the 320 foot long freighter is a real ship wreck, not a diver prepared, artificial reef wreck. A huge crane stands mid ship, with one of the ship's main anchors at its base. The winch is still on the bow and the engine is still in the engine room. This is a real wreck! Tour the deck at 145 feet and enjoy the forest of soft coral that decorates the wreck. Perch on the bow with clouds of bait fish. Her deck is still crowded with equipment. Pipes traverse the old hull from one pump to another. Cranes and giant winches still laden with cables.  Barely recognizable, they are all covered with a thick blanket of coral, sponge and soft corals. Thousands of tropical fish dart in and out of every pipe and porthole seeking shelter from predators, while barracuda and shark lurk in the distant shadows. Rope, cable, and fishing line cover almost every inch of the wreck. Years of strong currents, the effects of saltwater erosion and the immense growth of corals have all taken their toll on the ship's structure. Some walls of the superstructure have collapsed and the hull has started to crush under the weight of its deck and machinery providing new access to inner passages. As a true wreck, equipment intact, with such of abundance of growth and so many opportunity for penetration, the Hydro Atlantics is one the best wrecks in Florida and is a must for the serious wreck diver

  • The Hydro Atlantic was a 300 foot long 64 foot beam ship built in 1905 for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and was originally named the Delaware. She was a sea going dredger that worked hard during her working life and had a refit in 1961 and after numerous owners finally in 1968 came into the ownership of the Hydromar Corp and renamed Hydro Atlantic.
    By December 1987 she had finished her working life and was being towed to a salvage yard when she sunk in just over 160 feet of water and landed on the seabed upright and intact making this a dive for the technical and experienced diver. She can be found located just one mile East of the Boca Raton Inlet.

    This is a deep dive in an area with little current but you will need to be an experienced diver before any of the local diving centers will take you here. If you are lucky enough to dive at this wreck then you are in for a treat. This wreck is a real shipwreck, sunk without any preparation and fortunately for us sitting upright on the seabed with a huge crane amidships, with one of the ships main anchors at its base. When you explore further you will find the winch intact on the bow and the engine is still in the engine room as no-one has stripped this ship for scuba diving. This is one of Florida's true shipwrecks. There is plenty of marine life in and around the wreck with schooling baitfish greeting you as you arrive on deck and coral growth taking over the ship.

    Dive the Hydro Atlantic once and you will leave wanting to return again and again.

  •   The Hydro is a spectacular dive, it is a shame it's not in shallower water. As you approach the wreck it almost looks alive there is so much growth on the outer hull. The  swim throughs are encrusted with soft corals. Schools of fish form a circle around you as you pass through. Large schools of jacks swarm the wreck. The bow is home to a Moorish Idol not indigenous to this area