Wreck diving is an incredible way to experience a new underwater environment. Whether it was sunk on purpose as an artificial reef or lost at sea do to an accident, wrecks also provide an alluring window to the past. In addition to the history behind the wreck, wrecks also provide a special marine environment that is usually full of life. From the smallest creatures such as nudibranchs and sea spiders, to octopus, corals, sea turtles, sharks and large schools of fish such as Goliath Grouper, Palm Beach County wrecks provide unique marine life encounters seen rarely else where.
Pura Vida Divers will be hosting a Social Night on Friday, October 21, 2016 to raise awareness about the wrecks of Palm Beach County. This is a FREE event!
It doesn’t matter if you’re a diver, surfer, or beach goer, everyone is welcome to attend. So join us for an evening of socializing, delicious food, and wrecks.
Franklin H. Price from Florida’s Underwater Archaeological Preserve Shipwrecks (FUAP) will be presenting. Topics will include: The advantages of conserving shipwrecks and other submerged cultural resources, not only to preserve information about our collective past, but also to preserve the vibrant ecosystems that grow around historic shipwrecks. For more information about Franklin H. Price, please read his biography at the end of this blog.
Our team will be providing drinks and appetizers, and guests are welcomed to bring a small covered dish of food to the Social Night. This way everyone is sure to have their favorite dish. This is not a requirement! If you are unable to bring a dish, please do not let the dish prevent you from coming.
We will also have a 50/50 cash drawing to raise money for the Palm Beach County Artificial Reef Fund. So don’t forget to bring some cash!!
Itinerary for the Evening:
6:15 – 7:00 Happy Hour!
(Food, drinks and socializing)
7:00 – 7:45 Presentation by Dr. Della Scott-Ireton
7:45 – 8:00 Q & A with Della Scott-Ireton and 50/50 cash drawing
Please RSVP by Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Pura Vida Divers will be hosting the Heritage Awareness Diving Seminar on October 19 & 20, 2016. This seminar is for diving professionals (Course Directors and Instructors) looking to teach the Heritage Awareness Specialty Course (approved by PADI, NAUI, and SDI) to help promote sustainable underwater heritage tourism. For more information or to sign up for the seminar, please visit: http://www.flpublicarchaeology.org/workshops/HADS.php
October’s guest presenter biography: Franklin H. Price
Check out some of his accomplishments.
Franklin H. Price is an archaeologist with the Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research in Tallahassee where he conducts outreach, research, and supervises diving operations. He has an MA in Maritime Studies from East Carolina University. He has participated in projects as far afield as California, Sweden, and Cyprus, and his archaeological experience runs the gamut from submerged excavation to remote sensing survey.