In September, warm water comes north resulting in tropical fish visiting Belmar, NJ 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. (See the slideshow at the bottom of this page. Other divers have seen up to 10 seahorses on a single dive!)
You're welcome to join us on Saturday and/or Sunday. These dives are tidal with 2 dives available on Saturday at 9:40AM & 10PM, & 1 dive available on Sunday at 10:30AM. We'll be offering shore dive options for both beginners and more advanced divers.
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 of to photograph with all the interesting marine life during this time of year.
Shark River Inlet: 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.
The local dive shop, Divers Two is less than 1 mile away so it's easy to pick up your tanks and/or any equipment from them. Note: A dive flag on a float (a $10 rental) is required for every diver.
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.
HOTELS AND CAMPING
If you'll be joining us for the weekend instead of just a day, you're welcome to stay at one of the local hotels or an Airbnb. However, the majority of the group will be camping together at a beautiful 2,173 acre county park on the northern edge of the NJ Pine Barrens. Despite its odd name, Turkey Swamp Park contains neither turkeys nor swamp. However, it does include a beautiful lake.
We'll be in a separate group area set aside just for us. You can bring your own tent or use one of the large platform tents already set up. We'll be supplying firewood (up to 10 bundles), all cleaning supplies, & bug spray. You supply any other camping equipment you need along with food. Everyone will be cooking their own meals.
Limited camping spots available so RSVP now.
OTHER FUN ACTIVITIES
There are a lot of fun activities to do in addition the diving. The NJ Shipwreck History Museum, InfoAge Science & History Center, beach and boardwalk, a lighthouse tour, drinks at a distillery, hiking in the 2,173-acre woods of the park, boating via paddle boat/canoe/kayak, and/or horseback riding.
For any questions, contact the host, Beth McCrea (firstname.lastname@example.org).