Dive

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Take only pictures, kill only time, leave only bubbles

 

Some remarkable scuba diving occurs in the St. Pete/Tampa Bay area. Whether you like wreck diving the Gulf of Mexico shoreline or exploring the area’s gin clear freshwater river springs, there are some remarkable snorkeling opportunities and dive sites waiting for you.

The Tampa area is also world famous for spear-fishing. An abundance of large game fish such as, cobia, snapper, kingfish, bonito, mackerel and grouper, can be found in the Gulf waters.

Snorkeling

Book a snorkeling trip that visits the pristine waters surrounding historic Egmont Key State Park, accessible only by boat. Go ashore and explore the Lighthouse, constructed in 1858 or Fort Dade, built forty years later, all situated within a National Wildlife Refuge. There’s fun for the entire family!

Contact Adventure Cruises at 727-423-4247 for more information on their snorkeling adventures, or visit their watersid e hut located just down the beach at the Outpost sister property, the Island Grand.

Scuba

At the Outpost Tampa Bay, we take diving very seriously. To ensure you have a top-of-class diving experience, our diving partner, Neal Watson, makes sure that we work with only the best dive operators in the market. Now Neal holds a couple scuba diving records, including the deepest dive on air…something just over 400 Ft ! ….so you can be assured he knows what to look for in determining who has the best, and safest operators in the area.

 

m/v Scuba Cat

For the best in a semi-custom diving experience, we’ve teamed up with former Navy Diver and PADI Divemaster Captain Jeff, who with his wife operates Scuba Cat Dive Charters, offering the utmost in comfort, safety and thrills! Assisting them are dive veterans, Captain Dan and Divemaster Pete, who is a licensed EMT…and retired Marine. They’re located just minutes from the Outpost, approximately 5 miles away.

Captain Jeff limits his dive groups to six or fewer divers. This ensures each diver receives the highest degree of personalized service while away from the dock, and in the water.

Dive Boat
Dive Boat

The Scuba Cat is a 29″ Baha Cruiser King Cat, built for stability and comfort. Scuba Cat cruises at 22 knots with a max speed of 29 knots, so she gets to and from the dive sites quickly! Although she can carry more, Scuba Cat is USCG certified for six divers, and is equipped with all required safety devices and features.

For your comfort, the boat is equipped with a head (that’s nautical speak for a bathroom) and a heated freshwater heated shower. Her large swim platform makes getting in and out of the water easy on everyone.

 

The m/v Dive App

The m/v Dive App

There’s a dive legend in Tampa/St. Pete. His name is Jimmy Levine, and no dive trip the Outpost St. Pete Beach would be complete without a day in the water with him. For over forty years Jimmy has been diving the wrecks and reefs offshore of St. Pete Beach, and he especially enjoys introducing visitors to the famous monster Goliath Groupers that populate the local waters.

The m/v Dive App

No, those aren’t depth charges detonating…those are the incredible underwater sonic booms that emanate from these denizens of the deep, as they announce their presence to you. It’s a dive experience you’ll never forget!

The Dive App is a 34′ Delta, built for diver comfort. She carries all the current USCG safety equipment and devices.

Dive Sites

This area of the Gulf Coast has one of the most extensive, well-maintained artificial reef systems in Florida. Reef building first began in the 1960s to improve the marine environment, encourage the growth of fish, and to provide areas for recreational diving and fishing. The reefs consist of bridge rubble, concrete culverts, specially constructed fish havens, shipwrecks and even army tanks.

The natural formations offshore are limestone ledges that are the ancient shoreline of Florida. Currents have created deep undercuts where fish hide in huge schools. The ledges vary in height from 2-12 feet and are found at depths of 35-60 feet.

Some of the more popular scuba dive sites immediate to St. Pete Beach include:

Tugboat and Barge

105-foot tug and 80-foot barge sank in 85 feet of water during high seas. Tug rests upside down; barge is one mile north.

Sheridan and Blackthorn

180-foot ocean-going tug, Sheridan is one of our coast’s most spectacular dives. The tug sits upright in 80 feet of water. The Blackthorn Coast Guard cutter lies near by. Barracuda frequent this superstructure.

Mexican Pride

200-foot wreck rests in 120 feet of water. Only experienced divers.

Betty Rose/Permit Barge

75-foot barge, broken up, is located in 45 feet of water. Very active with marine life. Caution: fishermen trolling for kingfish.

Tramp Steamer and 10-Fathom Wreck

This is the broken remains of a 150-foot tramp steamer in 60 feet of water. Lots of hogfish, barracuda and jack.

Hudson Grotto

Gulf Coast sink resembling a pond, with walls that lunge to 130 feet. Experienced divers with advanced certification only. However, this is a good spot for deep-water experience for beginners under the supervision of a dive master or instructor.

Crystal River

This very popular freshwater dive sites is one of the best in the world. Water temp is 72 degrees (F) year round, which attracts the manatees during the cooler months.

Chassahowitzka River Springs

Freshwater river fed by more than a dozen freshwater springs.

Joe’s Sink

One of our state’s coldest freshwater diving spots. This peanut-shaped sink has two non-connecting holes. Low-visibility. Only experienced cavern and cave divers should attempt.

Gunsmoke

65-foot shrimper was scuttled by her crew while being pursued by the Coast Guard. Local legends speak of modern-day pirates, makes for an interesting dive.

Weeki Wachee Run

A great place to snorkel or drift dive back downstream.

Trip Rates

Trips depart at 7:00 AM, with a 2 tank dive getting you back to the dock around 1:00PM (3:00PM for a three tank dive). All typical dive sites are 60ft or less in depth, with travel distances less than 20 miles.

Custom Wreck and Remote Dives $140
3 dives one day (3 dives) $140
2 tank dives (2 dives) $100

 

Equipement Rentals & Air Fill Rates

Full Equipement (regulator, BC, Mask, Fins, Snorkel & Weights) $35.00
Regulator – 1 computer $15.00
Weight Integrated BC $15.00
Mask, Fins & Snorkel Set $15.00
Wetsuit $12.00
Tank Rental $12.00
Weights & Belts $5.00
Air Fill $10.00
Nitrox Fill $15.00

Prices are quoted by the day, end of day, not on a 24 hour basis. A credit card deposit is required for all rentals.