Ocean Wind Tug
Sunk in January 2016 the Tug Ocean Wind is our newest wreck dives in Pensacola and has already become one of the most popular inshore dive sites in the area. The 87′ long tug boat was sunk just east of the “Russian Freighter” in Escambia County’s newest artificial reef site zone. “It was actually the tugboat that towed out many of our existing artificial reefs into the Escambia County artificial reef inventory. So it’s very fitting that this tug herself will take her place among our artificial reefs,” Robert Turpin, Escambia County Marine Resources Manager.
Diving the Ocean Wind Tug
This is a deep wreck that is a popular dive site for divers with deep diving experience, She sits in just over 80′ of water upright and fully intact. You may want to obtain your advanced open water certification before diving it.
Getting to the Ocean Wind Tug
The Ocean Wind Tug is a in-shore dive and is located about 3 miles from Pensacola Beach in about 80′ of water. You can use the GPS Location of 30 10.995’N and 87 12.017″W to navigate towards the Ocean Wind Tug. This is a pretty popular dive with the charter boats and can become busy at times.
Marine life seen around the Ocean Wind Tug
When diving the Ocean Wind Tug you will see a lot of different marine life, some of them are:
- Goliath Grouper
- Loggerhead Sea Turtle
- Greater Amberjack
- Sandbar Shark
- Sea Urchin
- Gag Grouper
There are many other types of marine life that are around the Ocean Wind Tug, if you want to identify the species you can look at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Saltwater identification page.