ANGELS ARTIFICIAL REEF PROJECT
The idea to make an artificial reef in forty to fifty feet of water off the shore of Deerfield came about, 3 years ago. We had this great idea to make an artificial reef with angels to watch over the reef system and the divers on it. Over time, they would look great for photography and contrast the beautiful reef system we have here in Deerfield Beach. Similar in idea to the Christ of the Abyss in Key Largo our thought was to help gather area divers to accomplish one goal, one project that would foster community pride and friendship. The idea of angels for the statues is not meant to be a symbol of religion but rather of protection and guardianship for the reef and divers on the reef.
Finding the right size statue was not as easy as we thought. But with a little patience, time seems to always work these things out and in December of 2001 we found the perfect statues for the project. Special thanks goes to Capt. Rob Mc Brayer and Dive master Brian for transporting them to the dive shop, and thanks to Dixie Divers for purchasing the statues.
This design should make the structure almost six feet high. Special thanks to Paulino for his carpantry skills in designing the Bases and building the forms. Making the bases behind the shop With the help of our volunteers, Tony Esturilho, Mauricio Santana Robert Byrd and Nick Giampaolo the concrete was poured and the Bases made. Volunteers for the community did all the work There help was invaluable and we could not have done this with Out them, thanks guys.
As time went on we found difficulty getting permission to sink the structures. After talking to Ken Banks, the head of Broward County’s artificial reef program, and sending letters detailing are intentions he gave permission to sink them within the designated artificial reef zone. Special thanks goes to him and his staff for their attention to this project.
DEERFIELD TIMES Published an Article About
DEERFIELD TIMES Published an Article About Angels by SHIRLEY GREEN
Transporting 1300 pounds of concrete to the site proved harder than we thought. Commercial barges could not transport them because of insurance concerns. Volunteer boats from the community of divers in this area though willing, could not handle the weight. Special thanks go to Dr. Ray Macalister for setting us up with Darrel who had a boat the right size and he had a crane to move the structures. But after testing to see if his boat could handle the load we could not use him. The weight was just too much.
All was not lost however, Pavan rallied the troops and a new plan emerged. If we cannot lift them we will drag them. Pavan’s new idea was to use lift bags to tow them out, needing a much smaller boat and then sink them with the assistance of volunteer divers. Professional lift bags would be needed so Pavan stepped up and made it happen by getting two 1000 pound pillows from Sub salve also two 500 pound pillows. These in conjunction with two 500-pound bell lift bags also from Sub salve would provide enough lift to safely tow then drop the structures.
The time had finally come to sink the first sections. Special thanks to Pavan and Keith Higdon for helping find a suitable location for the angels without their help we might not have found these perfect spots for the angels. The GPS marks for the angels will be (N26 .18 777) (W 080 03 982) and (N26 .18 889) (W 080 03 982). With an x to mark the spot Pavan, Helio Rabelo and the crew of the LADY GO DIVER sank the 2’by 2” section of the base using the new lift bags. Moving the larger bases proved more involved. With the help of our volunteers Capt. Rob Mcbrayer, Dive master Brian, Eugene Manatan, Gesson, Manny Carriera, and Nick Giampaolo we pushed pulled and dragged the large sections onto a trailer to take down to Pioneer Park. Special thanks goes to Mr. Hugh Andirson and his friend Domingos Souza of Lambada Dive Team for towing the sections behind Mr. Andirsons’ boat to the site. It took almost an hour to slowly drag the heavy sections out to the spot. After fighting a stiff current a few times we managed to drop them right on the money. Mission accomplished, for now.
Second Set of Bases.
Transporting the bases was phase three of the project. With the help of Pete Kurdziel’s boat, Pavan and Robert Byrd with Domingos Souza Prepared and set the second set of bases for the Scuba angel. This was done by floating the bases out to the site and sinking them with lift bags. All went well and now just needs the pieces the be assembled and the angel placed on top.
following weeks we sink the rest of the bases and the angels getting ready
for the 21st of April we will have the ceremony to place the angels
in the final spot. If you would like to participate please come by the shop or
call us, a great group of people have shown themselves through this project and
we want more people to join fun!!!
April 24th we went to set the bases and place the angel dedicated to
Spencer (our friend no longer with us) on the lady go diver with the help of the
crew and 16 volunteers, the days task was a success. The whole activity was well
organized by Pavan who gave everyone assignments to complete. Piece by piece the
bases were fastened together with concrete and stainless steel bars while others
prepared the angel to be put
in place. After putting the angel in place, it was a perfect fit and as the silt
settled slowly, reveling the whole structure it was an awe-inspiring moment.
Special thanks go to Capt. Rob And Brian the crew of Lady Go Diver for their
help with tending the boat and divers. Special thanks also goes to the
volunteers who helped make this possible by moving all the concrete and place
the angel. Arilton Pavan, Domingos souza, Lone souza ,Tony Esturilho, Mauricio
Santana, Jim Guld, Robert Byrd, Jerry Huber, David Andrew, Dan Quilty, Richard
Salvato, Bob Domesky, Rick Steffan, Wayne Shapiro, Dick Trodick, Ken Crawford,
Below an e-mail send by one of volunteer that help place the first Angel.
The sinking of the scuba angel
date was May 1st 2002 Pavan had organized with the Lady Go Diver to
take some volunteers out to Angels Reef to finish the first angel and place
the scuba angel on it’s final resting place. Everyone showed at the boat
early ready for the day’s mission. Pavan wasted no time organizing everyone
into teams with specific tasks. Manny Carreira shot digital video
making a fantastic film of the days activities. Eugene Manantan shot
digital pictures to put on the web, while Pavan and Jerry Huber
along with, Pete Schrijn, Lone Souza, Ricardo Goncalves, Domingos
Souza, Dick Trodick, Rick Steffen, Solon Ayres, Jim
Guld, Wayne Shapiro and Gesson Lima were taking turns
transporting buckets of quick drying cement from the boat to the site. Thanks
go to Tony Esturilho and Mauricio Santana for their expertise in
construction, while we were having fun putting everything together they were
up top mixing the concrete and preparing it for transport down to the site.
While this was happening Pavan had sent Nick Giampaolo with Nina
Mattos and Bob Dimesky as a second team to finish filling the edges
of the fist angel with a faster and harder drying cement to complete the
securing of that angel. When they were finished they made it back in time to
watch as the first team finished putting the bases together with pins and
layers of concrete. With the bases together and a change of tanks an attempt
was made to put the head of the angel back on by lashing it to the side of the
transom but it proved to heavy and it was decided it would be easier to do
underwater at a later date. With everyone’s help the angel was lowered down
and with a 1000lb lift bag and transported to the bases with a little muscle
it dropped in place perfectly and when we swam back to look at it was
magnificent. Manny's video is at the shop for everyone to see it came out
On Wednesday the 15 2002 Pavan and Mauricio Santana with Tony Esturilho mixing the special materials to put the head back on went to the site on Lady Go Diver and with a special air drill replaced the head. The angel looks new again and we are preparing for the dedication ceremony were on the international dive in day May 19th 2002.