Neal Watson and the Bimini Scuba Center have just announced that they, and a collaboration of others, sunk four vessels of various sizes and styles off of North Bimini – creating a future artificial reef and a scuba diving shipwreck site where divers can visit multiple wrecks on one dive. After raising an estimated half-million dollars, Watson and the collaborative efforts of Resolve Marine, Key Construction and Shannon Bullard & The Rock Shed Crew successfully sunk the four vessels in the same vicinity in approximately 85 feet of water.
Divers and marine life alike will soon be enjoying the new wreck site called The Coach Sugar Memorial Dive Site, named after Bimini’s beloved chief youth mentor, Grathen “Sugar” Robins. The site is the new home of the 165 ft long J.P. Kipp Barge, the 90 ft long Tug Manatee, a 70 ft long Landing Craft, dubbed The Lady in Red, and an unnamed 30 ft Cuban Refugee Boat.
This was a huge undertaking that involved cleaning crews, dive and safety crews, funding to bring this all together as well as the ability to physically secure these interesting vessels. Divers will soon be able to dive these soon to be famous wrecks and will enjoy and appreciate all the work put into creating the The Coach Sugar Memorial Dive Site and the marine life it will be home to. Duncan Brake, underwater cameraman and former Bimini Biological Field Station Manager, is equally as excited stating “These artificial reefs provide a great sanctuary for undersea critters, help establish coral growth and recruitment, as well as being an awesome playground for scuba divers and water enthusiasts!”
About Neal Watson’s Bimini Scuba Center: Bimini Scuba Center, located at the Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina, offers a variety of scuba adventures and dive training and will be offering trips to the new shipwreck location as well as other exciting reef diving and the seasonal dolphin and hammerhead shark dives, a must do for diving enthusiasts of all levels of experience.