The Vandenberg is a big wreck. You can't see all over her on one dive, but you will be sure glad you dove her, even if it's just a two-dive morning trip. I booked through Southpoint divers and was thrilled with my divemaster. He was in shape, knowledgeable, and gave off a calm, cool vibe. He was a veteran of 20 years in the army, 20 years in law enforcement, so it was no surprise he was good at taking charge. This dive is more difficult than the typical island dive. There is a significant current I would estimate at around 4 knots at the surface, so you have to be ready for that. Two divers on my trip elected not to take on the second dive. One was cold, the other was sea sick and puking over the side from dealing with the current. The equipment I rented from southpoint was decent but the wetsuit had definitely seen better days. I only dive a couple of times a year, so it doesn't really make sense for me to buy gear, but I'm starting to get sick of being the 8 millionth person to put on some skanky wetsuit. But all grousing aside, southpoint only had around 8 people on the boat. The Vandenberg was incredible. Visibility was around 50 feet. I dove on Nitrox and had no regrets. First dive, we saw the big dish and penetrated part of the ship where you could always see the way out. After a 45 minute surface interval, we dove the bow. The current had picked up and the experience was not for the faint of heart. The second dive was even better than the first Seeing a wreck of this scale is truly amazing. The other wreck I dove in Bermuda wasn't in the same league. If you don't dive a lot, you'd be stupid not to hire a guide, the ship is huge, and it would be easy to become disoriented as there are multiple dishes on the ship. That said, you'd be nuts to come to Key West and not dive the Vandenberg. It really is an amazing experience.
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