Panama City Beach – Top 5 Skin Diving Spots

Panama City Beach – Interested in diving while you are visiting our Panama City Beach Condo http://www.bestpanamacitybeachcondo.com at celadon beach Resort?  Here are the Top 5 Dives….

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. Blackbart, a supply vessel, is 175 feet long and sits 6.75 nautical miles from the pass in 75 feet of water. The Blackbart is fully intact. The top if the wheelhouse is at 47 feet. Loran C coordinates: 14030.2, 46972.9.

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.

Black 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. (Information courtesy divespots.com)

Additional Dive Spots: Additional wreck and artificial reef dive spots and their coordinates can be found on the Bay County Web site: http://www.co.bay.fl.us/community/reefs.html

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