If you have not gone scuba diving in Ft. Lauderdale or Pompano Beach, you could be missing out on buried treasure. That is the sole reason we are nick named and known as “the Gold Coast”.
Fort Lauderdale and Pompano Beach have three distinct reef lines. The 1st reef line is in 12-25 feet of sea water, 2nd reef line is in 35-55 feet of sea water and the 3rd reef line is in 60-120 feet of sea water. Florida is the 3rd largest Barrier Reef in the World.
In addition, Florida has over 150 ship wrecks located from Jacksonville to Key West, with most of them located within the PADI, NAUI, SSI, SDI, Recreational Sport Diving limit. This fact makes our local scuba diving some of the most diversified and accessible that you will find anywhere in the world.
The Fort Laudedale and Pompano Beach 2nd and 3rd reef lines are the most dramatic in terms of the size of the coral and fish life. Enormous barrel sponges and massive sea whips inhabit the top of this reef and always lots of fish. As you can see from the pictures, fish abound individually and in vast schools. To swim among them is an experience you will long remember.
Typically, the water clarity is excellent because the Gulf Stream runs closest to shore beginning in north Broward. There are days that it is every bit as clear as the Bahamas. Reports of 80-120 of visibility are not uncommon. You can see the shipwreck from the top of the surface before you jump in.
As in the Miami area, there are many ship wrecks to visit in the beginner, intermediate and advanced level divers. This uniqueness welcomes divers of all skill levels and allows those normally limited to shallow reef diving to have a brand new and thrilling experience in Ship Wreck diving. The Captain Dan, The Rebel, The Edmunster, The Jim Atria and The Tennaco Oil Rigs are all worthy of visiting over several dives.
Diverse conditions are what make diving exciting and offer new challenges. With the reefs and wrecks in such close proximity to the Gulf Stream, no two days or scuba dives in Ft. Lauderdale ever the same. This guarantees you will have lots of fun and adventure with no chance of being bored on any scuba dive.
You many want to get your Advanced Open Water Certification, Drift Diver, Deep Diver or Wreck Diver Specialty Certification to dive the 3rd Reef line. The deep water and strong current should only be explored by a skilled scuba divers. Register now for a private lesson so that you can stretch your limits and receive your free photo of you and your under the water adventure.
As of this week the conditions have been great visability and calm flat water. We guarantee a great dive every dive, so hurry up and get here or you’ll miss out on great Florida Diving.
Sea You Underwater,
Laura Parke, Master Scuba Diver Trainer at Private Scuba Lessons.com