Dive Sites

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DuPont Bridge Span # 1 was sunk October 30, 2008 next to a pile of pipe and the fish are already migrating to the bridge span and it should make a nice fishing reef. coordinates are: 29'58.902°N 85'51.128°W

USS Strength, a Naval mine sweeper. It's 184 feet long with a 33-foot beam. It's located 5.75 miles from the St. Andrews Pass in 75 feet of water. Decommissioned and used as a Navy dive salvage training site. The bow is broken and laid over the port side. The back three quarters is intact and sits on its keel. The highest superstructure is 55 feet. Loran C coordinates: 14076.8, 46943.9.

Hovercraft, weighs 165 tons, is nearly 100 feet long and has a 48-foot beam. It is located about 6 nautical miles from the pass in 75 feet of water. The craft is made of aluminum and has little growth. Loran C coordinates: 14038.6, 46976.8. Accokeek, a 295-foot Navy tug boat located 12 nautical miles from the pass in 100 feet of water. The wheelhouse is at 65 feet. The vessel is fully intact and is sitting on its keel. Loran C coordinates: 13888.7, 46935.0

B. J. Putnam, a 180-ft supply vessel sitting at 105 feet. The supply boat had been converted for use as a processing platform. It was sunk in 1993. It holds a large variety of marine life, and is a good fishing and diving site for advanced divers. Loran C coordinates: 13991.6, 46909.1.

Bart, a 185-foot oil field supply ship sits upright in about 75 feet of water. Her bow points due south. The bridge can be reached at 40 feet and the main deck is at 66 feet. The cargo holds are open for exploration. Divers can also explore the head (complete with toilets) and the galley which still has several appliances. The Black Bart is a popular spot for wreck training and for photography.

There is an abundance of fish in and around the ship. Turtles have been spotted at times, along with catfish, flounder and grouper. The bottom is a bit silty; visibility is generally 20-25 feet at the main deck. Be sure to bring a dive light. One Halloween, a prankster chained a skeleton, complete with mask and snorkel, to the wheelhouse. No word on whether the skeleton is still there. Loran C coordinates: 14030.1, 46972.


Near Shore 4 Hour Dive Sites

Top (feet)

Bottom (feet)

Black Bart

50

75

Strength

63

75

Chickasaw

63

70

Twin Barges

70

80

Loss Pontoon

45

65

Stage II

45

55

Blow UP Barge

60

65

Bridge Span #14

45

72

Bridge Span #1

45

70

Bridge Span #5

45

75

Warsaw Hole

78

82

B&B Barge

40

45

Murphy's Barge

45

50

Atlantis

35

45

Navy Trash Pile

45

50

J&B Reef

35

40

Wet & Wild Spot

40

50

Navy Barge

50

55

Bridge Span #12

45

72

PCMI Barge

60

65

Long Beach Barge

45

53

Jeff A Hover Craft

70

75

Dan Barge

50

60


Off Shore 6 Hour Dive Sites

Top (feet)

Bottom (feet)

Chippwea

55

92

Tarpon

90

100

Stage I

60

105

BJ. Putman

70

105

Commander

75

90

Accokeek

60

90

Century Barge

92

100

Twin Tugs

70

100

Mac's Reef

72

97


Extended Off Shore 8 Hour Dive Sites

Top (feet)

Bottom (feet)

Grey Ghost

85

105

 

Various limestone reefs depths ranging from 80' to 100' off Philips Inlet.

 

 

 

4823 Thomas Drive
Panama City Beach, FL 32408
Phone: (850) 235-3390
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