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April 12th, 2012, 07:18 AM
Hi, I just came to Florida a few days ago, am in Marathon now for a week, but went to Hallandale Beach yesterday, looking at a place to live and would like to go beach diving again like I did many years ago off Hollywood FL. When I stopped by the beach yesterday around Cody street about four P.M., I saw alot of beach goers but not one dive flag out on the reef like I used to see. Does anybody still beach dive the reef? Last time I dove any ocean was off Sheridan street in 1988, so been sometime, and last dive I did was in a freshwater lake in TN in 2007. I am AOW certified through PADI and IDEA with over 200 logged dives, just none recent. Would like to find a dive buddy, though half my dives had been solo, to dive off Hollywood if I move to the area. Also I have been reading about the invasive Lionfish and wonder how prolific their numbers are? How bad is their sting if stung? Is it like a Portuguesse Man-o-war sting? I am 46 year old man, also in the market for some working used gear. I did my first checkout dives as a junior basic PADI scuba diver in 1979 with Divers Unlimited and we beach dove off Charleston Street. Previous to that had countless hours snorkeling the first reef line back in the 70's.
April 12th, 2012, 08:43 AM
Check out Gold Coast Scuba: the shop is in Lauderdale by the Sea but they sponsor beach dives in several places, one being Sea Tech Ledges (Dania Beach) which is not far from you. It will be a good way to meet dive buddies too. They have a very active Meetup Group.
Gold Coast Scuba Divers (954) 616-5909 (Fort Lauderdale, FL) - Meetup (http://www.meetup.com/goldcoastscuba/)
Gold Coast Scuba » Your Site Name (http://www.goldcoastscuba.net/gold-coast-scuba)
April 12th, 2012, 02:34 PM
what he said about GCS.
We dive Hollywood/Dania periodically. The dives I like are along the yellowbrick road behind the bandshell off of Johnson Street, the rocks off of Perry Street, and after that I like the ledges that run from the Erojacks north of Dania pier all the way south to Perry Street. There's lots of beach diving in the area off parts of Lauderdale, and pretty much solid from North Lauderdale to Deerfield.
I think some of the sand reclamation projects and beach rebuilding have changed things a bit off of the main beach at Hollywood since you dove here, but there's still plenty to see.
April 12th, 2012, 05:57 PM
Weather permitting I was planning on doing off Dania pier tomorrow night.. I dive with a scooter, you can hitch a ride with me so you don't have to worry about swimming back. shoot me a pm if you're interested.. Was out there on Tuesday and was gorgeous.. southern sting ray, lots of parrotfish..didn't see any lionfish unfortunately..just got a spear to kill the buggers as I hear they are good eats...
Tuesday dive was a good 1:30 minute dive no deeper than 30 ft.. just need to rent/buy a light...
April 12th, 2012, 09:44 PM
Lauderdale-By-The sea is a great dive just south of the pier. I went a couple Weeks ago and and it was Awesome! Heres a vid from the I took of my son's first dive. Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, FL Scuba Diving on Vimeo (http://vimeo.com/39987228)
April 14th, 2012, 01:06 AM
Well I am still in Marathon for now. Thanks for all the suggestions on where to dive and the club. Did a two tank dive today here off Marathon, first in a long time. Went to Samantha's reef and viz was about 100'. Even spotted a lionfish. Couple a barracuda amd a sting ray, conch shell and lots of fish. The other spot was called Tropical Rocks, not too far away. Wore a 3mm farmer john and shortie and felt pretty good. Oh spotted about five lobster too. Ocean reef diving is much better then my usual quarry/lake dives in freshwater. But you got sharks out there. Maybe I will be beach diving soon in Hollywood.