​On this ReefSave Research and Testing Expedition you will join Dr. Steve Gittings of NOAA, inventor of the lionfish "Purse Trap" and the ReefSave.org trap team when we will conduct "in water" testing of the "No-Weld Lionfish Purse Traps". These were built by Dr. Gittings and the ReefSave volunteers at the Trap Build II Event on February 9 - 10, 2019 in Mechanicsville, VA. 


Working closely with our corporate partner Olympus Dive Center in Morehead City, N.C. this full day charter will test these traps, between 100 - 130+ feet in deep water to see how they perform in real Atlantic Ocean Conditions with current and waves.

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Become a Citizen Scientist Volunteer, participate in the trap testing and you will have the opportunity to:


  • Deploy and Retrieve traps,
  • Observe how the "No -Weld Rebar Trap" performs
  • Test changes in performance with variations of weight and floats
  • Rig traps with underwater cameras
  • SCUBA divers will get to video and photograph the trap's profile as it descends and is retrieved
  • Help collect data under the direction of Dr. Gittings.
  • Fun diving after the work is done.
  • Bring your GoPro, still and video cameras!


Please book ahead as soon as possible using the PayPal button on this page..

SCUBA Divers must have the appropriate levels of certifications, training and experience to participate.

Make It Two Days of Diving!

On SUNDAY, 5 MAY 2019, you can get a day of fun diving at Olympus Dive Center then do it again on Monday, 6 May 2019 with ReefSave and the trap testing crew.

Olympus Dive Center Payment & Cancellation Policy*


PAYMENT POLICY:
A non-refundable $150 per day booking fee is due at the time of reservation.  60 DAYS prior to the dive trip, a deposit of one-half of the total dive trip amount less the booking fee is due.  30 DAYS prior to the dive trip date the remaining balance is due. There will be a 3% charge for all contract payments made by credit card. 


*Olympus Dive Center reserves the right to institute a fuel surcharge when necessary.

CANCELLATION POLICY:
Any cancellations made 30 days prior to the trip departure date must be made in WRITING.  Confirmed cancellations will receive a refund, less the booking fee. Cancellations made 29 days or less from the departure date will not receive a refund.  Dive trips with less than the booked quantity of divers or using less than the booked quantity in the lodge will not receive a refund for the no show divers.

North Carolina is home to the Sand Tiger shark.  Morehead City, North Carolina, was Voted #1 in North America for Big Marine Life. 

Olympus Diving

​​​6 May 2019


Morehead City, North Carolina


Field Testing Expedition​​


Get Your Tickets HERE

In the event of bad weather, the alternate date is Tuesday

7 May 2019.

No additional cost for the alternate date except for lodging.

N.C. - Field Testing Expedition - Morehead City

EARN CREW CREDIT

CORE: SKILL
TEST: OPENCLOSE
TEST: DATACOLLECTION

Pictured is Dr. Steve Gittings, NOAA Sanctuaries, at the 12 JAN 2019 ReefSave TRAP BUILD I Event in Mechanicsville, VA. after successfully testing the opening and closing of the first hand built "no-weld" lionfish Purse Trap. This trap was hand built by ReefSave volunteers using only a precision "Hickey Bar" and a hand made loop bender mounted on a table vice.


At TRAP BUILD II, 9 & 10 FEB 2019, ReefSave developed the Marc II loop bender which will become portable for use 22 - 29 JUN 2019 in Bequia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines.

info@ReefSave.org

Questions?


Any questions about SCUBA certifications or the ReefSave event, please contact Marc@ReefSave.org who is the volunteer Event Coordinator.

Earn Your Lionfish Removal Specialty

While at ReefSave's research event on Monday, 6 May 2019 you can sign up with Olympus Dive Center to earn your P.A.D.I.:


Lionfish Removal Distinctive  Specialty

(305) 909-9318


Join ReefSave on the registered NOAA Research vessel during our testing of some newly built “no-weld” lionfish traps. The boat will depart before 7 A.M. from Olympus Dive Center in Morehead City, North Carolina, which was Voted #1 in North America for Big Marine Life. 


Your participation helps to provide the 8 seats needed  to fill the minimum requirements for a trip to go at all. 


So, even if you decide just to do fun dives your participation still helps the cause. As long as we have the 8 person minimum, ReefSave gets a boat to test the traps simply funded by diver participation. *cancellation policy

​​​​​$360 - Two Night Package

  • Saturday Night, 4 May 2019 - Lodge at Olympus Dive Center
  • Sunday, 5 May 2019 - diving the day before the ReefSave Event
  • Sunday Night, 5 May 2019 - Lodge at Olympus Dive Center
  • Monday, 6 May 2019 - Lionfish Trap Testing Research


$300 - Two Days of Diving

  • Sunday, 5 May 2019 - diving the day before the ReefSave Event
  • Monday, 6May 2019 - Lionfish Trap Testing Research


$180 - Sunday Night Package

  • Sunday Night, 5 May 2019 - Lodge at Olympus Dive Center
  • Monday, 6May 2019 - Lionfish Trap Testing Research


$150 - Monday Diving Only

  • Monday, May 6, 2019 - Lionfish Trap Testing Research
Choose Your Dive Package