B-29 BOMBER DIVE
Thank you for your interest in the Historical dive site of the lake Mead B-29.
Our permit runs for 2 years! Starting from September 1, 2020 thru August 31, 2022. We are limited to just 100 client dives, per calendar year. We will be offering a 2 dive and 1 dive option!
The B-29 will vary in depth throughout the year. Lake levels range from 95 feet to 125 feet. It has an 87-foot traverse from the mooring line to the tail section of the plane. In total it's a 420-foot-long swim.
Minimum certification for this dive = AOW certification, Nitrox.
Due to the location and extremely sensitive nature of the B-29 site, exceptional buoyancy and fin skills are a must. If the silt on the plane or the lake bottom is disturbed it can take 24 hours for it to settle.
Additionally, you must be completely familiar with all of your equipment, and all peripherals such as flashlights, must be clipped off to your BCD to ensure nothing falls or hits the plane.
If you touch the B-29, or the dirt your dive will end immediately and you will not be refunded!
Please understand that there will be absolutely no buoyancy issues tolerated and the dive guide will hold the right to end your dives at any moment for any reason they feel necessary. Once you have picked your dive date and paid for your seat there will be no refunds.
The Dive guide will be assessing your dive skills as you descend down the line and as you swim along the 87-foot float line to the B-29. At this point the dive leader will either continue the dive or turn back based on the suitability of the divers.
Being able to stay trim, ascend and descend horizontally slowly and in control is a must! Including a slow horizontal descent to 15 feet, stop, continue to the bottom without touching the bottom, then swim along the float line without touching the line or swimming with your hands. If you do not know how to hover horizontally you need to practice these skills before you sign up!
We have set forth very strict guidelines to protect the preservation of the B-29 and to make sure everyone is safe and has a good time! Please be real with yourself! If you are not ready and you really want to do this dive, then get ready! Please Do not waste your time and money if you are not at the appropriate skill level! That will be a serious bummer for everyone involved if we have to put you back on the boat, and cancel your dives!
If the Captain cancels because of weather or any other reason necessary, you will be rescheduled for an available date of your choosing. If you cancel you will not be refunded, but we will give you one chance for reschedule.
The bottom times will be separated into 2 different groups:
· If you have tech 40 or equivalent you will be given a total dive time of no more than 60 minutes.
· For Recreational divers you will be given a max 20-minute bottom time or a specified turn time depending on your sac rate while diving the site.
Additionally, The B-29 is located in the Overton Arm of Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Bottom temperatures can get to 50s in the winter time and 60s in the summer time. No less than a 7mm with a hood, gloves, and boots will be allowed.
There will be no dives available in the month of October.
This is the National Park Service Video of the Dive Site covering the dive and the history of the site and a requirement for all divers to view prior to diving the B-29.
The cost for the dives will have 2 options
$450 For 2 recreational guided dives.
$450 For 1 long guided TEC dive.
Tank rentals are not included in the dive price. We require you use no less than a steel 100 tank with nitrox. You are welcome to bring your own tanks.
We will have available for rental, steel 117 tanks with 28 to 32 percent Nitrox at a cost of $35 per tank.
We now have for rental= banded doubles with manifold and 28 to 32 percent for $125
If you are a closed circuit diver you will be required to bring everything you need.
Cameras will be considered for the second dive only. Our dive leaders will be equipped with a GoPro 9 black and will be recording every dive. You will be able to pose in a few pre-selected locations. We will only allow a GoPro attached to your person. No retractors or anything that disconnects will be allowed. There will be some exceptions to this rule for professional underwater videographers and photographers but this will need to be set up in advance. If bringing a camera on the first dive is a must for you then you will be required to do check out dives with us on the Hoover Dam dives before your scheduled date on the B-29.
We have a shuttle van to pick you up from the strip hotels to echo bay launch ramp for an additional $100 per person 2 person minimum. This will include the NPS fees. You can also use your own means of transportation if you choose, and park at echo bay or temple bar marina.
We are now booking, and only have a small number of divers allowed. We will have availability every 1st, 2nd, and 4th week and week ends of every month until all spots are filled. We will work with groups of 4 on dates if you would like to book throughout the week days.
Please call or text if you have any questions or are ready to book your date