Dive the Wreck of the Spiegel Grove
Beautiful Shipwrecks of the Florida Keys
LSD-32 A.K.A. the Spiegel Grove, at 510 feet, is one of the largest ships ever intentionally sunk to create an artificial reef for scuba divers. The retired Navy vessel has become one of the largest artificial reef structures in the Keys and is accessible from Islamorada with us at Key Dives! About 6 miles offshore in May of 2002 she was scheduled to be scuttled, however, the event took a dramatic turn as she flipped onto her starboard side and sank 6 hours prior to the anticipated time. In 2005 Hurricane Dennis did all of us divers a courtesy by returning the Spiegel Grove to an upright position. With the top masts and wheelhouse at about 65 feet, the main deck rests at about 80 feet and she sits in the sand at 134 feet.
Needless to say, this is not a dive for beginners. At Key Dives, we ask that divers accompanying us on the Spiegel Grove have their Advanced Open Water certification, a course which we offer frequently to Open Water divers who wish to improve skills and expand their dive opportunities. The ship is breathtaking and offers three upper floors of rooms and halls to explore as an advanced recreational diver, as well as a massive deck and superstructure. If you are interested in diving on the wreck of the Spiegel Grove or on one of the Florida Keys’ other beautiful shipwrecks, we encourage you to become acquainted with Diversion! Our newly inducted 32-foot Newton dive boat with a 6-person capacity, Diversion takes us to the Spiegel as well as the Duane, a 327-foot U.S. Coast Guard cutter sunk in 1987 and rated as one of the top 10 shipwrecks in the United States. We also visit her sister ship, the Bibb, which was sunk a just a day after the Duane. We follow our wreck with dives on some of the most gorgeous reefs in northern Islamorada.
If exploring these sunken vessels intrigues you, please inquire at Key Dives about a trip on the Diversion. If you are not yet an advanced diver, don’t fret! Call us or go online to find out how you can learn about wreck diving, fish identification, deep diving, navigation and much more in an Advanced Open Water class for as little as $100 when added on to a multi-dive package!
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