The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Duane lies upright on a sandy bottom in 120 feet of water one mile south of Molasses Reef off Key Largo. After being decommissioned on August l, 1985 as the oldest active U.S. military vessel, the Duane was donated to the Keys Association of Dive Operators for use as an artificial reef. On November 27, 1987 she was towed to Molasses Reef, her hatches opened, her holds pumped full of water, and down she went to begin her final assignment.
We will do a dive on the USCG Duane followed by a shallow reef or wreck dives. An Advanced Open Water certification is required for this dive. We also require each diver to have the following safety/personal equipment: Dive computer, safety shears or knife, surface signaling device such as safety sausage, and dive light.
We highly recommend that each diver have DAN membership and diver insurance. Click to our main website for a link to DAN dive insurance Key Largo Dive Center.