One of the best aspects of diving with us at Halls in the keys is that we have so much to offer in terms of diversity. Our regular dives are full of splendor as it is, having access to the largest sheltered coral reef system in all of the US that can be enjoyed by snorkelers and divers alike. That alone is enough to preoccupy most divers for years to come because if you’ve been diving before you’d know that there’s always more to see and more to learn.
Halls Specialty Dives
When you hop aboard the Lady Key Diver, you’re getting on a cruiser that has taken thousands of people on adventures since the opening of Halls. She’s approximately 40 ft. long and has a cruising speed of 14-20kts. She is USCG inspected and has all of the amenities you could hope a vessel would have to take you out on dives. A stereo system, fresh water for hot and cold showers, refrigerated coolers to store fresh fruit to fuel your day, and more!
All of this is to say that when you head out on specialty dives, you’re well prepared for an adventure. Many of our patrons believe there’s no greater adventure than wreck diving.
What is Wreck Diving?
It’s exactly as it sounds, we take you out to a known wreck spot and you get to explore it to your heart’s content. We have a fair few wreck spots available that have never failed to inspire awe and wonder in the people we bring along to.
The wreck of the Thunderbolt Marathon is widely considered Marathon’s most popular wreck to explore. It was intentionally scuttled (meaning it was allowed to be sunk through hull penetration) in the 80s’ to form an artificial reef. It’s about 5.5 miles offshore and is at a depth of 120 feet. It is well known for being in a great spot to collect growth and it has done so steadily for thirty years now. Not all wrecks have a structure that will allow for a good amount of light penetration, but the Thunderbolt wreck does!
Types of Wreck Diving
There are numerous wrecks in the Key’s that are available for diving. The most common way of classifying wrecks are
- Non-penetration diving, which means you’ll be swimming over the wreck.
- Limited penetration diving is where you are within the light zone.
- Lastly, there is full penetration diving in which you are beyond the light zone.
The light zone is where the environmental light enters through the wreck. Non-penetration diving means avoiding the wreck altogether and just scouring the outer portions with an occasional peek through into the inside. Full penetration wreck diving is—as you would imagine, a full exploration of the wreck. Naturally, this is much more dangerous because you must stray from the source of the light which inevitably means exploring away from the authorized entry point. This always presents the danger of divers getting lost inside bigger wrecks or encountering navigational issues.
Wreck Diving With Halls Diving Center
We are authorized operators for a fair few wrecks in the Marathon Key’s—including the ever-popular Thunderbolt wreck. There is nothing more enjoyable for us as trainers, diving enthusiasts, and divers ourselves, than to take people out to the majestic spots that spark the child-like awe of mystery and adventure in our customers. Something about diving wrecks does that. There is a romance to exploring man-made objects become integrated into nature and left as remnants of the past with their own secrets and history.
If you’d like to explore the Thunderbolt wreck for yourself, we’d love to be the ones to take you out there for the adventure of a lifetime! Give us a call at 800-331-4255 to be on your way a uniquely thrilling experience!