YDT-14 (Navy Dive Tender)
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.
Diving the YDT-14 (Navy Dive Tender)
This is a deep wreck that is a popular dive site for divers with deep diving experience, She sits mostly intact with the upper structure starting at around 65′ with a max depth of around 100′. You may want to obtain your advanced open water certification before diving it.
Getting to the YDT-14 (Navy Dive Tender)
The wreck is a mid-shore dive and is located about 18 miles from Pensacola Pass in about 100’ of water. You can use the GPS Location of 30 05.330′ N and 87 09.640′ W to navigate towards the wreck. This is a pretty popular dive with the charter boats and can become busy at times.
Marine life seen around the YDT-14 (Navy Dive Tender)
When diving the wreck you will see a lot of different marine life, some of them are:
- Red Snapper
- Townsend Angelfish
- Nurse Shark
- Spade Fish
- Sandbar Shark
- Goliath Grouper
- Sea Cucumber
- Sand Dollar
- Southern Flounder
There are many other types of marine life that are around the wreck, if you want to identify the species you can look at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Saltwater identification page.