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
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°
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
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
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.