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How far north from Ft. Lauderdale to good day boat diving?

Discussion in 'Florida' started by highdesert, Mar 8, 2021.

  1. Divin'Papaw

    Divin'Papaw Hoosier expat ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: South Florida
    I guess I’m more mild mannered than most. I find most of the dive boats down here do a pretty good job given what they have to deal with. I’ve built relationships with a few being a regular. They know I’ve got my act together and they leave me alone and let me do my thing. For me it’s far easier and cheaper than owning my own boat. Honestly the thought of the costs and hassles of owning a boat makes my stomach turn. But to each their own for sure. You gotta find what works for you. Everyone has different motivations.
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  2. mbishara

    mbishara Registered

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Pompano Beach, Fl
    Hi Everyone,

    I’m new here and I love this forum! My wife and I are new to diving. We’re in the process of going for our advanced open water.

    We have our own boat (a 22 ft open bow). I would love to be able to go out on our own instead of always paying for the group excursions.

    But I’m not sure how this will work out. We need to dive together (buddy system). I don’t want to have to ask a friend to come along just to sit on the boat waiting for us.

    So my actual question is this. Are there any groups in/near the Pompano Beach area? Maybe the solution is to go out with multiple boats so that we have one or two boats following the divers?

    Would that be a solution? If there even is a private diver’s group in the area....
  3. johndiver999

    johndiver999 Contributor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Gainesville FL
    Find a third diver who will dive solo and go dive
  4. tekkydiver

    tekkydiver Regular of the Pub

    NOTHING like having your own boat!! Can't even start to to list all of the advantages!
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  5. tekkydiver

    tekkydiver Regular of the Pub

    Pavon is out at Dixie Divers? Who are the new owners?
  6. Divin'Papaw

    Divin'Papaw Hoosier expat ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: South Florida
    Their website is nothing more than an e-commerce site. It tells you nothing about owner and staff. I used them once many years ago and that was enough. I know nothing about their current ownership. I'm curious if others know more.

    EDIT: I did find this but it appears to be out-of-date:

    About Dixie Divers - Scuba Diving Gear, Classes and Dive , snorkel Charters.
  7. boulderjohn

    boulderjohn Technical Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Boulder, CO
    Many years ago I used them often. Back then my annual trek to Florida was in Deerfield Beach, and in their old location, both the shop and the boat meeting site were close by. My biggest complaint about them in those days was the frequency with which they canceled trips at the last minute because of not having enough divers, leaving the divers like me who had signed up for a trip scrambling for another operator an hour or so before most boats left. Then they moved to a new shop a bit farther away, but at the same time I moved my annual base to Pompano Beach, so I nearly never saw them again.

    The only thing I know is that their present boat has the same name (Lady GoDiver) as their old boat, but it is newer and supposedly better. I have never been on it.
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  8. nolatom

    nolatom Captain

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: New Orleans
    A map or nav chart of the east Florida coast will show you the northern limits of good (meaning in or near the Gulf Stream) day-boat diving.
    From Miami northward, the coast runs North, so the Gulf Stream stays nearby, it's warmer and there's good drift-diving along its western edge near shore. And the reefs also tend to run south-to-north, so you get a free ride along them with the current, your air lasts longer, it's drift-diving, the boat drifts with you.

    The northern limit of this semi- tropical paradise is Palm Beach and Jupiter. Above that, you can see the coastline bends back towards the North-Northwest, and the Gulf Stream separates from the near shore. So a dive at, say, Fort Pierce would be a good bit colder, and not so much friendly northward current, than a dive at Jupiter, even though it's "only" 30 miles farther north (acutally NNW). This chart is large-scale, but gives you the idea:

    The Gulf of Mexico Loop Current | NOAA CoastWatch & OceanWatch

    Another thing--During fall-winter-early spring, the big Canadian cold fronts can do blow through, but surprisingly often they stop expanding and stall out no farther south than right around Fort Pierce, with much warmer air temps south of that. Basically two climates.

    I've dived only West Palm and Jupiter, so I guess I'm sort of a hick. But both places have good diving and good "infrastructure" of boats and shops. This is a generalization, but in general West Palm caters more to the novice/intermediate types, while Jupiter is a bit deeper, slightly colder, and is more "adult swim", with some spearos shooting supper. Plenty of underwater creatures, reef sharks who have so far left me alone and let me gawk, sea turtles who are more my speed (literally), moray eels too.

    They're both great, winter or summer. And in Feb/March, there is a gathering of Lemon Sharks off Jupiter, you get to watch a school of them pass over you or under you, as you lie quietly at about 70 feet and leave them alone.
  9. tekkydiver

    tekkydiver Regular of the Pub

    First thing would be to sell your boat and get a center console suitable for diving. Four divers I would suggest something at least 25'
  10. tekkydiver

    tekkydiver Regular of the Pub


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