Join an underwater treasure hunting expedition in the Florida Keys
(DiverWire) If you have ever wanted to experience thrill of being an underwater treasure hunter, here’s your chance! Certified scuba divers now can register to work alongside professional treasure salvage experts on the wrecksite of the Spanish galleon Nuestra Señora de Atocha during weeklong adventures being arranged for the summer of 2014.
Believed to be the richest Spanish galleon shipwreck ever discovered, the Atocha sank in 1622 approximately 35 miles southwest of Key West. Approximately $450 million of the vessel’s treasure and a significant portion of its structure were discovered in 1985 by the late shipwreck salvor Mel Fisher.
Crews led by Fisher’s family continue to search for the ship’s sterncastle and the gold and silver bars and coins that are listed on the Atocha’s manifest but remain undiscovered. The Atocha Dive Adventure, presented by the Fisher family and Mel Fisher’s Treasures of Key West, gives recreational divers a chance to be part of the historic search and recovery effort.
The weeklong Atocha Dive Adventure includes training in commercial treasure salvage techniques, behind-the-scenes tours of the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum and the Fishers’ private artifact conservation laboratory, and two days of diving the site alongside salvage experts seeking the galleon’s sterncastle.
Each adventure week is limited to six divers. Dates for 2014 are June 9-15 and 16-22, July 14-20 and 21-27, and Aug. 4-10 and 11-17.Cost for the week is $3,000 per diver.