*** address where we meet is 303 east Venice Ave, Venice ,Fla 34285 directly west to this address along the waterway is ramp where we meet.
***Indians Mounds ramp address is as follows: 210 winson ave, Englewood,Fla 34223
*** All divers must present a "C- Card before coming on the boat
*** All customers must print and bring a filled out and signed copy of waiver off this webpage
***Any sun protection needed is reccommended
*** Reccommend non-drowsy Dramamine for those who feel they might get a little sea sick
*** All equiment needed for dive unless previously arranged
*** Box or bag to hold fossils collected in
*** Tip for crew/dive master (suggested Tip is $5.00 for per tank per diver) They work for tips only. If you get GREAT service you are welcome to tip more. We pride our charter for great service !!!!
*** Reminder that calendar represents departure time , All divers need to be at dock 30 mintues before departure time please
***NO BANANAS PLEASE READ BELOW !!!!!
Bananas are a mainstay of most cultures and are the world’s most popular fruit. However, these deliciously yellow treats have no place at sea. Since the 1700’s, it has been widely believed that having a banana on board was an omen of disaster.
In the early 1700’s, during the height of the Spanish’s South Atlantic and Caribbean trading empire, it was observed that nearly every ship that disappeared at sea and did not make its destination was carrying a cargo of bananas. This gave rise to the belief that hauling bananas was a dangerous prospect. There are other documented origins to this superstition as well.
Another explanation for the banana superstition is that the fastest sailing ships used to carry bananas from the tropics to U.S. ports along the East Coast to land the bananas before they could spoil,” Chahoc said. “The banana boats were so fast that fishermen never caught anything while trolling for fish from them, and that’s where the superstition got started.
Another theory is that bananas carried aboard slave ships fermented and gave off methane gas, which would be trapped below deck. Anyone in the hold, including cargoes of imprisoned humanity, would succumb to the poisoned air, and anyone trying to climb down into the hold to help them would fall prey to the dangerous gas.
And finally, one of the better known dangers of bananas at sea, is that a species of spider with a lethal bite likes to hide in bunches of bananas. Crewmen suddenly dying of spider bites after bananas are brought aboard certainly would be considered a bad omen resulting in the cargo being tossed into the sea.
Any of these scenarios could be the reason behind fishermen’s mistrust of the yellow fruit, possibly all of them. Whatever the case may be, it is best that you don’t attempt to bring any bananas on board your next seafaring excursion, just to be safe.