The Tenneco Rig Site consist of two 500 ton structures donated to Escambia County by the Tenneco Oil Company. Deployed in 1982 as a part of the “Rigs to Reefs” program, this was the first site to use a complete platform to form an artificial reef. This site is popular for advanced and technical divers and is known for large game fish so it is a very popular site for spearfishing as well.
Diving the Tenneco Rig
This is a deep wreck that is a popular dive site for divers with deep diving experience, She sits in just over 175′ of water. You may want to obtain your advanced open water certification before diving it.
Getting to the Tenneco Rig
The REEF is a off-shore dive and is located about 22 miles from Pensacola Pass in about 175’ of water. You can use the GPS Location of 29 59.733’N and 87 05.111’W to navigate towards the oil rig. This is a pretty popular dive with the charter boats and can become busy at times.
Marine life seen around the Tenneco Rig
When diving the oil rig you will see a lot of different marine life, some of them are:
- Red Snapper
- Greater Amberjack
- Spade Fish
- Townsend Angelfish
- Spotfin Butterflyfish
- Gag Grouper
- Moray Eel
- Sea Cucumber
- French Angelfish
There are many other types of marine life that are around the oil rig, if you want to identify the species you can look at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Saltwater identification page.