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Old 05-02-2008, 10:41 AM   #1
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Default New to the area, any good diving/snorkeling here?

Hey ya'll

I am new to the area, just moved up here from south Florida to go to UWF and some guys at the Oar House the other night...(can't remember their names..LOL!) :letsdrink said this was a good forum to get some diving andsnorkeling info.

I have dove around the reefs off the Keys and spearfished with my dad and brothers and reallyliked it.

What are some good areas to dive around here? I have not seen any reefs off the beach..is there anything else?
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Old 05-02-2008, 10:46 AM   #2
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First of all to the forum. The diving won't hold a candle to what you are used to but it can be rewarding sometimes. The snorkleing is pretty poor, water is deep on most reefs and wrecks. Good luck. If you need a ride out just go to the post a ride section in this forum and post away.
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Old 05-02-2008, 01:22 PM   #3
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Default RE: New to the area, any good diving/snorkeling here?

As lobsterman said, the diving here will be different from what you're used to. Most of the quality dives are in 80+ feet of water. Often when we go spearfishing here, we'll start at 120+ for the first dive and the last dive of the day may be in the 70 to 90 ft. range.

What you'll find mostly around here are lots of good artificial reefs/wrecks to dive and spearfish on.
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Welcome to Pensacola and some of the finest diving in the world! We don't have a shallow water coral reefs like you may be used to, but as for the quantity and quality of the available sites and the quantity and variety of marine life I'd put Pensacola up against anyplace.
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Evensplit you must not have dove the other coast?
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Old 05-02-2008, 01:34 PM   #6
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Default RE: New to the area, any good diving/snorkeling here?

Welcome to the area we're glad to have you aboard.

In addition to the PFF, here's another place you can find divers and info on diving: http://www.pensacoladiveshops.com/phpBB2/

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Default RE: New to the area, any good diving/snorkeling here?

As everyone has already told you, shallow water wrecks/reefs are basically non-existent around here. But the number of dive spots outside of Pensacola pass in the gulf is astounding to for scuba. Most depths range from 130 to 70 feet on the shallow reefs.

Just get to know a lot of us on here and come out to some of the PFF meetings on either Wednesday or Thursdays most of the time and there are plenty of good guys on here that dive and can get you out there.
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Which other coast? I've dove a lot of them.
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The other coast of Florida. Much much more to offer. In terms of fish, lobster and coral sightings.
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Old 05-02-2008, 02:04 PM   #10
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We don't have the shallow coral reefs, but some of the deep reefs here can be just as interesting if not more so. We don't have the number of spiny's here, but those that are here are generally a lot bigger, and the shovel nose - slipper - bulldozer - whatever you may call them - lobster here are plentiful year round with no seasons. As for tropicals, You'll see pretty much everything here that you'll see over there - except parrot fish. As for game fish, I've never seen the east coast come close to the quantity and variety. North Carolina comes close, but I'll still put Pensacola ahead.

I'm not saying that anywhere else sucks, just that Pensacola isamong the best
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