While SCUBA diving in places like the Keys, Bahamas or Cayman Islands are much more scenic and colorful, one advantage of living the past 30+ years in South Florida is the ability to beach dive whenever you have some spare time.

In much of the United States, there is really not much to see underwater within swimming distance of the shoreline.

But in South Florida (starting approximately at the West Palm Beach and southward region), you can strap on your tanks and gear, swim out about 500 yards with a dive flag in tow and drop down to 20-25 feet and spend 90 minutes underwater enjoying the northern-most edges of the tropical reefs that become larger and more scenic as you head into the true tropics of the Caribbean.

So while it may not be as grand and colorful and a full blown dive vacation to the islands, it is nearby and cheap.
At a moments notice, you can throw your tanks and gear in the car — drive 30 minutes to the beach — and be exploring the reefs within the hour.

Figure $4 for an air fill and $6 for a slice of pizza and soda when you get back on land and it makes for a great inexpensive way to spend the day for $10.

This video shows what lies underwater just a few hundred yards offshore at Hollywood Beach Florida.
This beach is pretty much equidistant between Fort Lauderdale and Miami Beach along the East Coast.

A much quieter and less populated beach area as the video reveals (although sadly, signs of urban sprawl are getting closer each year)


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Discover Scuba Diving Promo Video

Interested in learning to Scuba Dive? Sport Chalet in California, USA offers FREE DISCOVER SCUBA DIVING. Each 3rd Saturday of the Month. Contact the Dive Department to signup. All Video and Photos in this video are from Southern California diving, including beach and island diving.

Video by Robert Inglis, PADI Scuba Instructor.

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Wreck Diving with Force Fins

Explore the Wreck of the John J. Audubon. She rests in 180 FFW in Lake Huron and is still intact enough to answer questions about her era of shipping as well as bring question to her demise. The reports from the October 20th 1854 collision with the Defiance, claim the Audubon was struck midships, yet the wreck reveals only a massive split to the bow section.

The Ocean Futures Society Dive Team explored this wreck using both Open Circuit (SCUBA) and Closed Circuit mixed gas to complete their survey. They also used Force Fins. The Closed Circuit Rebreather divers are using the Tan Delta Excellerating Force Fins while the Open Circuit divers are using the OPS Force Fin in the Tan Delta material and the Excellerating Force Fin in the Original polyurethane material.
The team had been filming segments for the PBS Ocean Adventures series and this was the first and only fresh water stop. They had one shot to make the dive and when they left the harbor there was thunder, lighting and rain, but under the guidance and support of Captain Luke Clyburn and the sea cadets they made the dive in between storms and experienced how fast Lake Huron’s weather can change. Reports from the Dive Team said they experienced almost no light to bright conditions changing very rapidly while underwater with the passing storms. The closest you get to the wreck is with the OPS Force Fin which is made exclusively for Jean Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society Dive Team. It has a long narrow blade that tapers to a point, to draw water similar to the way in which water wicks to the end of a leaf. When you kick it oscillates like an eel! When locked into its flat position, the blade is flexible. Twist the blade at its point of attachment to stiffen the blade and shorten the oscillation for more sprint acceleration, when confronting current!

The Excellerating Force Fin is the other star of the show as this blade was chosen by the CCR divers that are carrying the lights. The Excellerating Force Fin feature a long, scooped blade with recoiling underside ribs that catapult you forward for instant acceleration. Clean leading edges for turbulence-free, rapid response to changes in direction and tapered trailing edges snap for extra propulsion and is what most of the team flys.
Special thanks goes out to Russ Green, Program Operations Coordinator for Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, for his support, guidance and access to the finest ship wrecks in the area.
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The history of scuba diving is very interesting. Many civilizations throughout time have engaged in breath-hold diving, also known as free-diving. The evidence of early free-diving is the finding of sea items found on land and ancient pictures of divers. These civilizations used free-diving to spearfish and also in competitions. The Ancient Greeks are known free-divers. They used free-diving to hunt for sponges and also in their military.

Some of the early attempts in the history of scuba diving to dive with the use of air include snorkeling with hollow reeds, using air-filled bags and diving bells. Diving bells are watertight chambers on cables. The diving bell is designed to remain full of air as it is pushed under water, allowing a few divers to be transported. These methods were not very efficient, however, and did not nearly resemble scuba diving as we know it today. The reeds did not allow divers to go deep into the water and air-filled bags soon filled with carbon-monoxide as the air was exhaled. Diving bells did not allow the divers much mobility.

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