- Reaction score
- Westchester NY
- # of dives
- 5000 - ∞
Sorry for the confusion. The town will not allow any access from public beaches for shore entry of any kind. I am not going spear fishing just want to explore the wrecks. There is a 200ft buffer zone around the swim areas of the public beaches (this includes boats, jet skiing, surfing, spear fishing and any scuba diving activities unless for the purpose of commercial diving work). So even if the wreck is out side the swim area but with in the 200ft buffer zone you cant explore it. Also because some of the public beaches are almost back to back with maybe a few small privet beaches in between. The law basically makes the any inshore wrecks virtually inaccessibly dew to the buffer zone. I understand not allowing boat, jet skis and spear fishing that is just a safety concern but to not allow diving for exploration is just total BS who are we hurting.
Also the towns in long island are very large and cover from north shore to the south shore in there areas they make it tough to find any water access other then by boat and even that is kind of border line because you can dive with in the 200ft buffer zone. So even if I anchor 300ft a way and swim in I can still get a ticket.
Here in LI Sound there are points where a diver can get into the water from shore
except that its private property/town property and not allowed.IF you can get to the site by boat and it is not in a navigatable channel you can dive it.The way I understand it is local law enforcement ends at high tide mark.I could be wrong.
Example is off Bayshore there is a wreck very close to shore, formerly had shore access via beach behind a restaurant.We hit it with a boat and never had any issues with local law enforcement.
Locals on the beach do not want divers as divers in the past were loud and created alot of noise.Trash was left behind and so on.So they got the local town to prohibit the activity.Also may have to do with the town not wishing to take a risk of a lawsuit if someone was to get hurt.