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Shore Diving in Panhandle of Florida

Discussion in 'Deep Dixie Divers' started by StaceyL, Jun 26, 2012.

  1. StaceyL

    StaceyL Angel Fish

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    Location: Mandeville, Louisiana
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    Does anyone know of any good places to shore dive in the Pensacola to Fort Walton, Florida area?
     
  2. diversteve

    diversteve always tired Rest in Peace ScubaBoard Supporter

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  3. Tessunderwater

    Tessunderwater Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
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    There is also Ft. Pickens and plenty of gulf dives through local charters like Dr. Dive and H2O below.


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  4. Dr Dive

    Dr Dive Captain

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    Thanks Tessunderwater. Pickens was having some great conditions and it will probably be the weekend, or maybe Friday before we know how quickly things are settling down. There are also reefs at Park East, Park West and Navarre. Lots of opportunities, just waiting for the wind to stop.. We had minimal rain, so should settle fast. We'll let you know as soon as we know.
    Capt. Jim
    Dr Dive
    Dr Dive Pensacola, FL - Home of the USS Oriskany
     
  5. WeldonDowd

    WeldonDowd Divemaster Candidate

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Louisiana
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    Dr dive, where can I find more information about Park East, Park West, and Navarre. Are those accessible from the shore? We usually dive in Panama City but I'm looking to do something different soon.
     
  6. SuPrBuGmAn

    SuPrBuGmAn Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Tallahassee, FL
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    Pickens, Pensacola Beach Pier Rubble, the concrete christmas trees off by Portofino, and Destin Jetties are some great dives.
     
  7. StaceyL

    StaceyL Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Mandeville, Louisiana
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    Ah yes, we used Dr. Dive a couple years ago and had a great experience... how is your schedule for this weekend Capt Jim, and how are the conditions looking out there?

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    And thank you all for the suggestions - this will be our first shore dive so we want to be sure it's good for beginners, I've heard the Destin jetties should be dove at slack tide after high tide when the visibility is good and the current isn't as strong...
     
  8. SnorkelLA

    SnorkelLA DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: The Water
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    When I dive the Perdido Pass Jetties, I try to hop in right as high tide starts, because afterwards the water pulls out fairly quick. I don't know how the Destin Jetties are, though
     
  9. DocCarl

    DocCarl Barracuda

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Mobile, Alabama, United States
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    Glad to see you coming this way, Stacy!

    Since this will be your first shore dive, I'd suggest either Ft. Pickens or St. Andrews. Perdido pass can be a nice dive, but it is somewhat more unforgiving than 'Pickens when it comes to tidal currents. 'Pickens also has the closest parking. Destin is well known for the particularly long walk in full gear to get to the dive site. St. Andrews has very good access, with typically better visibility, but it is a much longer drive if you're coming from N.O. All the pass / jetty dives are more or less tide dependent - with divers' comfort level in varying conditions being a primary factor.

    At the moment, I have tentative plans for Morrison Spring / St. Andrews Jetties on Saturday and maybe the Whisky Wreck (Gulf Shores) / Ft. Pickens on Sunday. If our travel plans coincide, I'd be happy to show you guys around at any of those four sites!


    Carl



     
  10. Dr Dive

    Dr Dive Captain

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    Call me during the day Thursday. Not much published about these sites yet, but I'll tell you what I know.
    Capt. Jim
    617-943-5553

    StaceyS. Seas are settling down for the weekend. Vis should settle as we had little rain. I'll post as soon as somebody can get out and see. Thanks for the nod. Looking forward to seeing you again soon.
     

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