As COVID-19 cases fall and the New York and New Jersey area moves towards reopening, charter boat diving has also begun for the season, and, our club dives have resumed. We will not be doing the traditional Introduction to Northeast Diving camping weekend at Dutch Springs, but we will facilitate more informal mentoring by experienced northeast divers who have volunteered to dive at Dutch Springs with divers who are new to northeast conditions - watch your club email for more information about this.

The decision to do boat diving this season is going to be a personal one based on your own risk factors. Until there is a vaccine, everyone is at risk of contracting COVID-19. All of us - especially those with underlying health issues - will have to make hard decisions this year. If you have concerns, especially if you are at significantly increased risk, you shouldn’t do a charter boat dive. Certainly anyone who feels that they might be currently sick should not be around anyone else before being evaluated by their physician.

However, the Sea Gypsies will not try to independently assess these endless and largely unknown factors. Rather, we will follow state guidelines, which are based on a wide range of data, such as population-wide antibody screening, hospitalization rates, and PCR testing results. And of course the captains have the final say on the implementation of these guidelines on their dive boats.

The captains have instituted a number of new practices to minimize the risk of virus transmission. These vary from boat to boat, so contact them directly if you have specific questions about this.

Michael Rothschild
Dive Chair
NYC Sea Gypsies

2020 Local Dive Boat Charters

DATE DIVE BOAT DETAILS SPONSOR CAPTAIN'S CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS CAPTAIN'S EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENT*
Sat, May 16Indy IIStolt Dagali (60-130'), 10 spots @ $125 [SOLD OUT-CANCELLED]Bryan MitchenerAOW RGS, SMB, Reel, ASD
Sun, May 24 Ol SaltyPinta (55-85'), 15 spots @ $120 [CANCELLED]Sandra CloppOWDC, RGS, SMB, Reel, ASD
Sat, May 30HalftimeOregon (125'), 6 spots @ $150 [SOLD OUT-CANCELLED]Elliot BertoniAOW RGS, SMB, Reel
Sat, Jun 6Gypsy BloodMohawk (80'), 16 spots at $110 [SOLD OUT]Renata Rojas AOWRGS, SMB, Reel
Sat, Jun 20Indy IIAlgol (70-145'), 10 spots @ $125 [SOLD OUT]Rick HormigoAOWRGS, SMB, Reel, ASD
Sat, Jun 27Gypsy BloodIntro to NE Diving: Venturo Tug (70'), afternoon dive, 16 spots @ $80 [CANCELLED]Antonio SimoniniAOW (OW with Pro)RGS, SMB, Reel
Sat, Jul 11HalftimePanther (60'), 6 spots @ $115 [SOLD OUT]YuriOWSMB, Reel
Sun, Jul 19Gypsy BloodConey Island (80-125'), 8 spots @ $110 [SOLD OUT]Mike FiechterAOWRGS, SMB, Reel
Fri, Jul 24Gypsy Blood Stolt Dagali plus Night Dive on SS Mohawk, 10 spots @ $240 [SOLD OUT]Michael RothschildAOWRGS, SMB, Reel
Sun, Jul 26HalftimeMandy Ray (85'), 6 spots @ $115 [SOLD OUT]YuriOWSMB, Reel
Sat, Aug 22Sea TurtleBlock Island - Lightburne (30') and the Pinnacles (75'), 6 spots @ $150 [SOLD OUT-CANCELLED]Beth MccCreaOWNone
Sun, Aug 23Sea TurtleBlock Island - Lightburne (30') and the Pinnacles (75'), 6 spots @ $150 [SOLD OUT-CANCELLED]Beth MccCreaOWNone
Sat, Aug 29Gypsy BloodIntro to NE Diving: Stolt Dagali (60-130'), 16 spots @ $100 [2 SPOTS LEFT]Mike FiechterAOW (OW with Pro)RGS, SMB, Reel
Sat, Sep 12Sea HawkIberia (60'), 4 spots @ $125 [SOLD OUT]Craig SlosbergOWNone
Sat, Sep 26Indy IIBalaena (170'), 10 spots @ $125 [SOLD OUT]William AhrensDP & Northeast ExperienceRGS, SMB, Reel, ASD
Sun, Oct 4Gypsy BloodArundo (110-140'), 16 spots @ $100Timothy LindblomAOW & PADI deep or equivalentRGS, SMB, Reel
Sun, Oct 18Gypsy BloodTolten (95'), 16 spots @ $100 [SOLD OUT]Joshua LevkovAOWRGS, SMB, Reel

*RGS = Redundant Gas Supply (i.e. pony tank and reg for single tank divers), SMB = Surface Marker Buoy, Line = Reel or Spool of adequate length to deploy SMB from bottom, ASD = Audible Signaling Device (e.g. whistle).


Other Club Dives for 2020

DATE LOCATION SPONSOR
Sat, Apr 18Dutch Springs Opening Day [CANCELLED]Greg Rosengarten
Sat, Jun 13Dutch Springs Intro to NE diving [CANCELLED]Meredith Massey
Sat, Jul 18Dutch Springs International Women's Day [CANCELLED]Meredith Massey
Sun, Aug 2Beach 8th Street [CANCELLED]Nick Tromboukis and Superdive Foundation
Aug 16-21Thousand Islands [CANCELLED]Elliot Bertoni & Robert McCarthy
Aug 21-24Long Island camping & diving weekend [CANCELLED]Beth McCrea
Sep 4-8 North Carolina [CANCELLED] Mats Stahlkrantz
Sep 18-20Belmar NJ shore diving weekend (hotel or camping) [CANCELLED]Beth McCrea
Nov 14-21Little Cayman [CANCELLED]Beth McCrea
For boat charters, the minimum certification and equipment requirements listed on this schedule are the requirements of the boat captains. The NYC Sea Gypsies do not vet divers, or determine if any diver is qualified to do any dive. This is up to the diver and the captain, please contact them directly if you have any questions about the suitability of a dive for you. Click here for our club diving requirements.

For shore dives, the decision to participate in a club dive by any certified diver must be made by the diver alone, considering their training and experience.

For all dives, the NYC Sea Gypsies do not provide buddies, gear, transportation or training. However, the dive sponsors will do their best to help club members find what they need for a dive by setting up email groups for the rosters to help people coordinate rides, buddies, etc…

To reserve a spot on any of the above dives, you must contact me directly before sending in any payment. I will confirm availability of a spot and that your certification level meets the captains requirement if applicable. Once this has been confirmed, you can pay to secure your place on the dive, as long as we have a copy of your C-card on file and your waiver for the current year.

Payment can be done by cash, check, or by Zelle or PayPal to treasurer@seagypsies.nyc. Please contact me using
this form or by email to reserve a spot, or if you have any questions.

Michael Rothschild
Dive Chair
NYC Sea Gypsies
diving@seagypsies.nyc