If you are lucky to have a boat, these Mid-shore dives are a fanatic place to see a variety of marine life. Mid-shore dives are generally between 10 mile and 20 miles from the pensacola pass. These sites range from 65′ to 100′ in depth depending upon the location you are diving.
GPS Location: Latitude 30 08.760′ N Longitude 87 14.020′ W
The Pete Tide II is a 180′ former oil field supply boat that was sunk as an artificial reef in 1993. This fully intact wreck is one of the most popular sites in the area and always has a plethora of marine life surrounding it. The pilot house at the top of the structure sits at about 60′ with a max depth of around 100′ to the sand. The Pete Tide II is one of 12 sites on the Panhandle Shipwreck Trail.
GPS Location: Latitude 30 05.330′ N Longitude 87 09.640′ W
YDT-14 is one of two US Navy diving tenders that were sunk in April 2000 as artificial reefs. The YDT-14 is 132′ long with a 30′ beam and remains mostly intact with the upper structure starting at around 65′ with a max depth of around 100′. This site is located roughly 18 miles southeast of Pensacola Pass and is one of 12 sites on the Panhandle Shipwreck Trail.
GPS Location: Latitude 30 08.187′ N Longitude 87 13.684′ W
The Tug Heron and LCM Landing Craft were sunk next to one another as an artificial reef in 1990. The Heron is a 53′ steel tug which sits upright and lies next to the remnants of the 51′ LCM Landing Craft. Prior to being separated by Hurricane Opal in 1995, the Tug sat upside down on top of the LCM.
GPS Location: Latitude 30 05.267′ N Longitude 87 09.550′ W
The YDT-15 is one of two US Navy diving tenders that were sunk in April 2000 as artificial reefs. It is located just about 500′ away from the sister ship YDT-14. The wreck has subsided quite a bit and most of the roof and pilot house are gone however quite a bit of structure and debris remains attracting a wide variety of marine life.