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Types of Diving Available in Florida

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Imagine traveling to the Sunshine State and missing the opportunity to dive one of the most colorful and picture-perfect coral reefs in the world or wreck dive one of the largest ships ever deliberately sunk – this is truly impossible.

Featuring almost 1,200 miles of coastline with crystal clear turquoise waters teeming with tropical marine life and wonderful subtropical weather, not to mention the many land attractions and the numerous Florida vacation rentals scattered in every corner of the state, Florida makes for a great diving destination, where there is no shortage of dive sites and every type of scuba diving is available.

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Come, experience world-class scuba diving and snorkeling in such locations as North Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, Deerfield Beach, Pompano Beach and Fort Lauderdale and discover a world of charm both above and beneath the waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

There are many specialized types of scuba diving in Florida, catering to both novice and advanced divers that run the gamut from fresh water to salt water and cave diving to drift diving.

Ship Wreck Diving

Exploring an old ship full of fish, corals, history and maybe a bit of treasure is a truly great adventure. And this is fun especially in Florida, as the state is known for its wealth of shipwrecks, both natural and artificial, found up to 300 feet deep in the waters. Potentially over 5,000 shipwrecks reside off Florida’s 1,200 miles of coastline all worth to be explored and experienced.

Cave Diving

Cave diving is another popular type of diving in Florida that promises great experiences due to the great visibility of the water and the fact the in Florida underwater caves do not have the waves and wind that can cause seasickness. Best cave diving is found at Telford Spring, a unique single cave system with three separate entrances within close proximity to one another; Devil’s Eye, where with over 30,000 feet of mapped passageway divers can spend a lifetime of active cave diving; and Jackson Blue, among the most beautifully decorated of all Florida caves.

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Freshwater Scuba Diving

This type of diving in Florida offers an entirely different marine ecosystem from saltwater diving and is popular in the heart of Florida in places like Ocala and Orlando, in lakes and old quarries. There are over 600 freshwater springs throughout central and northern Florida, of which some can be explored over 200 feet deep and over a mile underground.

Other types of diving include: shark cage diving, spearfishing, liveaboard diving, wall diving and drift diving.

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