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Scuba diving in St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg is one of the most famous snorkeling and diving destinations. The wide variety of its dive sites attracts dive adventure seekers from all over the world. Wrecks, artificial and natural reefs are well represented in its dive sites. St. Petersburg's dive sites are home to many kinds of sea life that are worth seeing.

Always dive according to your level of training.
Never enter the water without checking with St. Petersburg dive centers for safety, additional information, level required for each dive site and without being accompanied by a professional.
All the information provided is purely informative for our readers and shouldn't be used as is to plan your immersion.

Average annual temperature: 21°C to 28°C (71°F to 83° F)
Average Water surface temperature: From 23°C 29°C (74°F to 85°F)
Visibility often averaging: Visibility is between 25 and 90 feet (7 to 27 meters)
Coldest time: January
Warmest time: July
Possible to dive all year round.

St. Petersburg's artificial reefs structure attracts abundant sea life like kingfish, schools of large snook and other reef fish. St. Petersburg is famous for its artificial dive sites. Tugs and vessels were sunk to be home to many kinds of sea life and to help increasing aqua life in the area. St. Petersburg's dive sites meet all divers expectations by offering all levels of diving; invoice, intermediate and experienced.

Some of St. Petersburg dive sites.

St. Pete Beach Reef is an artificial dive site. Large concrete sections of the Old Corey Causeway and Skyway Bridge were sunk in 1976 at a depth range of 30 to 35 feet (9-11 meters). In the year 1984 a 200-foot (60 meters) steel barge was sunk in the same area to be home to many kinds of underwater life.

South County Artificial Reef is beginner dive site. This wreck site is marked by mooring buoys and in a depth ranging from 30 to 45 feet (9 to 14 meters). This spot is home to nurse sharks and barracuda.

Indian Shores Reef is an artificial wreck site at a depth of 40 to 46 feet (12 -14 meters) deep. It is also marked by mooring buoys. 125 pillboxes were placed in this spot to create this artificial reef in 1962. Then in 1976 two World War II Landing Ships (LSMs) were sunk to be part of this reef. The site is home to abundant sea life.

Gunsmoke is at a depth of 70 -80 feet (21 - 24 meters). It is an advanced dive site. The Gunsmoke was used to smuggle marijuana and was sunk in 1977 by the authority. It is a very interesting dive site and home to a wide variety of sea life.

Sheridan is a tugboat in about 50 to 80 feet (15-24 meters) deep. It is an advanced dive site and the boat is upright and intact. It is home to goliath grouper, barracuda, spanish mackerel and amberjack as well as trigger fish, snapper and sharks.

Tug Orange is another advanced dive site marked by mooring buoys. The 80 feet (24 meters) tug was built in 1903 and was sunk in about 45 feet (14 meters). Now it is home to a wide variety of sea life including king mackerel, jacks, bonita, goliath grouper, nurse sharks and barracuda.
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