Scuba diving in Pinellas
Pinellas diving offers a new experience for diver. It is
famous for its artificial dive sites. Pinellas' reefs are
designed with different sizes and attract many kinds of
fish. If you like cave diving, Pinellas' springs offer a
great chance to experience its caves and caverns. Pinellas
wrecks and reefs are home to
abundant sea life including
mackerel, amber jack, cobia, barracuda and baitfish.
Always dive according to your level of training.
Never enter the water without checking with
Pinellas Park dive
centers for safety, additional information, level required
for each dive site and without being accompanied by a
All the information provided is purely informative for our
readers and shouldn't be used as is to plan your immersion.
Average annual temperature: From 25°C to 29°C (78°F to 85° F)
Average Water surface temperature: 26°C (80°F)
Visibility often averaging: Visibility is between 20 and 100
feet (6 to 30 meters)
Coldest time: January
Warmest time: July
Possible to dive all year round.
Pinellas is home to 13 scuba diving reefs. Each one offers a
new adventure and underwater challenge.
Pinellas dive sites are
quite attracting with the abundance of sea life it offers.
Grouper, snapper and grunt are seen in Pinellas wrecks and
reef sites. Caves and caverns are what characterize
Pinellas' springs. Exchange your new experiences with other
divers gathering in
Pinellas Park diving Clubs.
Some of Pinellas dive sites.
Veteran's Reef is in a depth range of 43 to 47 feet (13 - 14
meters). Three large barges, about 100 feet (30 meters) long
each, were sunk on this reef. The site is home to many kind
of fish and aqua life.
Indian Shores Reef is in about 44 to 46 feet (13 - 14
meters) of water. Two ships from the World War II were sunk
on this reef. These ships have become a great home to many
kinds of underwater creatures.
Pinellas #2 Reef is an artificial reef at a depth of 80 feet
(24 meters). It is an advanced dive site. The site is where
the wreck of the USCG Blackthorn, the tug Sheridan and
another steel barge lies. It is one of Florida's best wreck
sites. The site is home to abundance of sea life including
grouper, snapper and amberjack as well as spanish mackerel,
triggerfish, barracuda and sharks.
USCG Blackthorn is located on Pinellas #2 Reef. It is one of
the best wreck dives Pinellas offers. It is at a depth
ranging from 65 to 80 feet (19-24 meters). This180 feet (55
meters) long ship was sunk in 1980 to be part of Pinellas #2
artificial reef. Sharks, crevelle jack and amber jacks are
spotted in the area.
Pinellas #3 Reef is an advanced dive site at a depth of 130
feet (39 meters). It was made by the Pinellas County
Utilities to sink larger vessels and military ships.
Rube Allyn Reef is at a depth of 50 feet (15 meters). The
reef consists of many tall pyramid structures and some parts
of the old Clearwater Pass bridge. It is home to many kinds
of underwater life especially kingfish.
Dunedin Reef is one of the perfect spots for underwater
photography for its great visibility. It is in about 25-30
feet (7-9 meters) of water, and is home to abundant of sea
South County Reef was made in 2001 in 45 feet (13 meters) of
water. The reef is home to an old tug boat "Orange Tug" that
was sunk in 2003. And now it is home to goliath grouper,
black sea bass and nurse shark along with many other
Crystal Beach Spring is about 25 feet (7 meters) deep. The
spring is located offshore and has some grass growing along
the edge. It is great spot for cave diving.