Fort Lauderdale

Broward County offers a range from shallow beach diving to very deep wreck dives. Three natural reef structures run parallel to the coastline. At the south end of the county, near Hollywood, there are lots of great beaches where you can swim out less than 100 yards and spear fish or lobster on the first reef line. On the north end the first line may be as far out as 300 yards. Depths are generally 15 feet or less.

The second reef line is less than a mile from shore with depths generally less than 50 feet. This limestone ridge system features gorgonians, sponges, fans, and numerous tropical fish as well as schools of grunts and yellowtails. To protect the reef, permanent mooring buoys have been placed in five areas. These mooring areas offer some of the most outstanding dive sites in the Ft. Lauderdale area.

The third reef line is about a mile offshore and can have very strong currents. Depths are in the 80-100 feet range. Visibility is usually fantastic thanks to the current. This reef line offers excellent drift diving for advanced divers.

In addition to the natural reef lines, Broward County has created approximately ninety artificial reefs, including ships and vessels, concrete modules, limestone boulders, and offshore oil platforms. A few of the wrecks are in more than 100 feet of water and should be explored by skilled, advanced divers only.