Pensacola Inshore Dives
If you are lucky to have a boat, these Inshore dives are a fanatic place to see a variety of marine life. Inshore dives are generally between 1 mile and 10 miles from shore with most of them being around 3-4 miles. These sites range from 25′ to 90′ in depth depending upon the location you are diving.
GPS Location: Latitude 30 17.800′ N Longitude 87 18.730′ W
USS Massachusetts sheds light on a lesser-known aspect of Florida’s history: The Spanish-American War. The USS Massachusetts was one of the three most powerful heavy-caliber and armored Indiana class vessels of the time, and part of the newly formed United States “Steel Navy.”
GPS Location: Latitude 30 17.467’N Longitude 87 13.773’W
When Hurricane Ivan stopped by in 2004 it destroyed the Gulf Breeze Fishing Bridge. The remains of the fishing bridge was relocated about 3 miles southeast of the Pensacola pass and names Lane Gilchrist Reef.
GPS Location: Latitude 30 16.138′ N Longitude 87 10.157′ W
The Tex Edwards barge was sunk in 1982 as artificial reef. Over time the barge has been beat up but also remains one of the nicest dive sites to visit.
GPS Location: Latitude: 30 17.330’N Longitude: 87 13.755’W
Sunk in July 2013 the Joe Patti Memorial Reef instantly became of the areas most popular inshore dive sites. The metal artwork welded to the top of the barge truly represent all things Pensacola.
GPS Location: Latitude 30 17.450′ N Longitude 87 13.257′ W
This is a very interesting wreck dive that is spread out over a large area. You can have a few dives on this site alone as this is a lot to see around all the nook and crevasses. This dive site has lots of marine life throughout the remains.
GPS Location: Latitude 30 11.333′ N Longitude 87 13.057′ W
The San Pablo was sunk by the Military during WWII using top secret radio controlled boat in 1944. The wreckage is scattered over a large area which also brings a large amount of marine life.
GPS Location: Latitude 30 10.995’N Longitude 87 12.017″W
One of the latest wreck dive sites is the Ocean Wind Tug. She was sunk in January 2016 and just like anything new it has attracted thousands of divers.