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Alert Diver is the dive industry’s leading publication. Featuring DAN’s core content of dive safety, research, education and medical information, each issue is a must-read reference, archived and shared by passionate scuba enthusiasts. In addition, Alert Diver showcases fascinating dive destinations and marine environmental topics through images from the world’s greatest underwater photographers and stories from the most experienced and eloquent dive journalists in the business.

LOCAL DIVING GRAY’S

LOCAL DIVING GRAY’S REEF business, but I guess being amid the tentacles is less dangerous than swimming alone in the open ocean. Interestingly, the jellies often congregate at different depths; on one dive the “jelly layer” might be at the surface, while on another you don’t encounter them until you are at the bottom. Diving Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary is full of surprises, which begin as you descend and continue until you are all the way back to the surface. After diving, you can share stories of your adventures and admire your beautiful photographs in one of the many excellent watering holes of Savannah. AD HOW TO DIVE IT Getting There Numerous boat ramps and marinas along the Georgia coast (coastalgadnr.org/node/2100) can be used to access the sanctuary, which is located 16 miles due east of Sapelo Island. Navigating Georgia’s waterways can be challenging; tidal swings of 8-10 feet are common, so study your charts, and gather local knowledge. There are no regularly scheduled dive charters to Gray’s Reef. Contact local dive operators to find a charter or request a dive trip. If diving from a personal boat, be sure to bring a proper marker buoy and dive flag. Spearfishing and anchoring are prohibited within Gray’s Reef. The southern third of the sanctuary is a designated research area where diving and fishing are not permitted. Gray’s Reef is home to a variety of invertebrates including gorgonians, sponges, corals and more. GREG MCFALL Live boating is the only way to dive the reef as there are no mooring buoys within the sanctuary. Divers should have a line reel and inflatable surface marker buoy to mark their location during ascent. The vessel operator should be proficient in deploying, monitoring and recovering divers while live boating. Conditions Wave action, currents and limited visibility are common at Gray’s Reef. For optimal conditions, ask the dive operator to provide suggestions on the best time of year and moon phase to schedule trips. Bottom depths average 60-70 feet depending on the tidal stage. The water temperature can dip into the 50s°F in the winter, while during the summer it is well into the 80s°F. Even though summer diving conditions are warm, wetsuits are recommended due to the occasional jellyfish. Visibility can be unpredictable: The average tends to be 15-25 feet, with extremes from 5 feet or less to greater than 50 feet. The only permanent figure at GRNMS is data buoy 41008, which provides near real-time meteorological and oceanographic data. This buoy data can also be accessed online at ndbc.noaa.gov/station_page. php?station=41008 and on certain chartplotters equipped with weather service. Galapagos N Turks & Caicos Maldives Unique liveaboard experiences. Exceptional value. Dive with us! N Saba/St. Kitts Silver Bank www.explorerventures.com info@explorerventures.com USA/Canada: 1.800.322.3577 +1.307.235.0683 36 | SUMMER 2016

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