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Deep Dixie Divers: Favorite Local Dive Spots Directory

Discussion in 'Deep Dixie Divers' started by LakeScubaDiver, Aug 11, 2006.

  1. PerlDiver

    PerlDiver Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Huntsville, AL
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    Google Earth KMZ files of thousands of known dive spots from Ft Morgan to North Fla on the Atlantic side.

    Gulf Diving Home Page
     
  2. Hetland

    Hetland Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Gulf of Mexico
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    St. Andrews State Park
    4607 State Park Lane
    Panama City, Florida 32408
    (850) 233-5140

    Scuba diving is permitted, but spearfishing is not allowed. The park opens at 8:00 (unless you are camping) and closes when the sun goes down. Entrance is about $8/per vehicle unless you have a fully-loaded Family Truckster, or are camping.
    There's a good deal to see here. You can spend an hour snorkeling in the kiddie pool area and not get bored (unless you have ADD). On the sound side, you can get to about 70ft, but most of the good stuff is in the 30fsw range.

    I enter through a break in the rocks towards the center of the Jetty (see attached) and then travel deep (near where the sand and rocks meet) to the South or North. Once I hit my turn pressure or time, I ascend to a shallower depth (say, 20ft) and return to my starting point. You want to finish your second tank just before the end of high tide. Remember to factor surface intervals and tank changes into your schedule. Remember current is variable in both direction and strength, so plan your dive accordingly and build in a reserve on your gas pressure in case you have to hump it back against current. Also it's best to plant a flag at your entry/exit point, and tow a flag with you. It only takes getting hit in the head once by an ounce of lead to make a believer.

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  3. Hetland

    Hetland Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Gulf of Mexico
    2,702
    431
    83
  4. smokinstang65

    smokinstang65 Garibaldi

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Virginia Beach, VA
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    So, just posting this up as it was invaluable for my diving on Oahu, HI and the Big Island for that matter. I'll be heading out to P-Cola soon for a few months of training and I intend on taking my dive gear with. I might have to try some of the places y'all have listed and perhaps some from the following site.

    Scuba Shore Diving Site Listing for: Florida, USA East
     

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