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07-18-2007, 13:29
New to diving and I'm trying to find some good spots around the Clearwater/St. Petersburg area? (offshore and inshore)

07-25-2007, 21:16
If you are new to FL pick up a copy of this book.
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<DIV>It lists several dives all over FL. It is broken down by region and ST Pete/Tampa is one of them.</DIV>
<DIV>I live in the Tampa Bay Area and do a little diving, I would love to dive more. </DIV>
<DIV>My local dive sites are as follows: (most down near Sarasota)</DIV>
<DIV>Sugar Barge-Beach Dive on Bradenton Beach</DIV>
<DIV>Shark Tooth Dive-Beach or Boat dive off of Venice Beach</DIV>
<DIV>Bird Key Bridge-Sarasota Bay Bridge, great for stone crabs</DIV>
<DIV>Various Artificial Reefs in the Gulf near Sarasota, M1, M3, 3 Mile Reef, The reefs consist of concrete rubble, culverts, barges and other debris</DIV>
<DIV>Ginnie Springs-Nice spring dive near Gainsville</DIV>
<DIV>Epcot Living Seas Dive-Disney dive, costly but great</DIV>

08-29-2007, 11:38
and also check out this dive shop in the tampa area, they do daily boats to the gulf and some to crystal river area

10-01-2007, 12:23
I was certified with Capt. Joyce's instructors from Narcosis. Awesome peeps - she can definately hook you up. There are alot of sites out in the gulf, off Hudson all the way down to Sarasota. Alost of wrecks, ledges etc. I could rattle off GPS points all day long to you but those are sacred (if you know what I mean) Veteran's reef offers a great dive in around 40 ft and the LSM's south of that in 48 I believe is an awesome dive. Both are off Clearwater. Viz needs to be good in shore though unless you go out to 80 ft +. These #'s you can get off the internet

10-25-2007, 20:42
I did a 3-tank dive with Cortez Scuba thru ScubaQuest in Sarasota. We did 3 wrecks out in the Gulf. Service was very good, diving (in July) was very good and clear, price was good. They let my buddy and I dive our own profile as long as we were on a computer. I'll go with them again when I'm in the area.

Scuba Quest (http://www.scubaquestusa.com/questcharters.cfm?charterId=1)

11-05-2007, 16:28
heading out myself after thanksgiving, barring any weather problems to a wreck with narcosis. looking for some fun hahah

11-14-2007, 10:01
Check out Venice Beach (shore diving), about an hour south of Tampa. There are tons of shark and meg teeth. It was fun!