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diver's perspective

Read a blog post from a local dive enthusiast about Greater Fort Lauderdale underwater treasures.

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satisfy your urge to submerge

Thanks to the Gulf Stream, Fort Lauderdale waters remain warm year-round, so it's total immersion 12 months a year. Ocean temperature ranges from 72 degrees in the winter to 80 degrees in the summer.

Over the past 20 years, the artificial reef programs of Broward County have placed upwards of 75 artificial reefs on the ocean floor as magnets for fish and reef life. Today, Greater Fort Lauderdale is home to the largest collection of warm-water wrecks in the Western world. 

Ever tried beach diving?

Greater Fort Lauderdale is the only place in the continental USA where you can snorkel and dive on a living coral reef-straight off the beach. That's right, diving without B.O.B. (Benefit Of Boat). In Lauderdale-By-The-Sea and Hollywood, the first reef swings in close -- where it's an easy five-minute swim, just a hundred yards from shore. And the variety of fish and critters is astounding.

Our backyard's a wreck

For divers, this is wreck heaven, with shallow wrecks, deep wrecks and everything in between. Signature wrecks include:

The SS Copenhagen. This 325-foot steamship ran aground on the first reef in 1900, in only 25 feet of water. Today, the natural wreck is a state underwater museum and archeological site, and it's wildly popular with both scuba divers and snorkelers. View SS Copenhagen guide
The Captain Dan. The 175-foot ship saw service as a U.S. Coast Guard tender. The top of the wheelhouse is 70' below the surface, and her deck, at 90'. The artificial reef is home to large barracuda, goliath grouper, amberjack, parrotfish and swarms of small fish. Certified wreck diver? C'mon in: the Dan was prepared with large access holes for easy penetration.
Wreck Trek. Looking for bragging rights? How about three wrecks in one dive? When the currents cooperate, if you manage your air, you can drift-dive from Jay Scutti to Tracy to Mercy Jesus -- all on one tank.

More wrecks and reef info here

How do you want to dive?

In Greater Fort Lauderdale, the BIG challenge is sorting through the never-ending choices. What'll it be today?

  • Scuba, freediving, or snorkeling
  • Maximal or minimal? Strap on 60 pounds of scuba gear to linger on the reef for an hour. Or rock just mask, fins and snorkel to freedive -- to zip around like a sea otter.
  • Reefs or wrecks
  • Dive from beach or boat
  • Recreational or technical?
    Enjoy an easy dive to 45 feet, or a gear-intensive, push-the-limits wreck dive to 200 ft+
  • Drift-dive the reef to see the sights, or hunt for fish and lobster
  • Shoot photos or video

The choices don't end there...Take the word "diving," and in front of it, place every prefix for sub-ocean adventure you can think of: sport, tech, reef, wreck, lobster,spearfishing, day, night, beach, boat, shore, drift, anchor, rebreather, underwater photography and video (but not cold-water or ice).

For divers, Greater Fort Lauderdale is a subtropical blue-water destination that's a unique blend of exotic and familiar. It's a dizzying kaleidoscope of peoples, languages, customs, foods and apres-dive fun.

Lobstering and Events

Love to chase them lobster? Lauderdale-By-The-Sea kicks off Florida's annual crazy for thecrustacean with BugFest. During Mini Season (July 29-30, 2015), the two-day lobster chase is served with generous sides of diving and snorkeling, parties, cookouts, contests, music and prizes. Lobster madness throttles back to a dull roar when "regular" season opens a week later. (August 6, 2014-March 31, 2015.) Click here for rules and regulations.

The Blue Wild serves up "The Saltiest Event Of The Year In Florida" with the Ocean Adventure Expo (February 21-22, 2015). Join the let's-get-wet set at the Broward Convention Center for a joyous celebration of "all things ocean": freediving, scuba, spearfishing, lobstering, surfing, stand up paddling, underwater photography and video, travel, marine art, boats, kayaks, beach apparel, and more.


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AMERICAN DIVE CENTER

8092 West Sample Road
Coral Springs, FL 33065
954-346-0174
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AQUANAUTS SCUBA ACADEMY

801 NE 33rd St
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940 NW 1st St
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CAPTAIN ROB'S DIVING

300 Three Islands Blvd.
Hallandale Beach, FL 33009
305-788-1165
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641 E. Dania Beach Blvd.
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