Captain Bob Quarles Reef
Captain Bob Quarles Reef consist of 270 tons of concrete material from the Gulf Breeze Fishing Pier bridge decking placed on top of BP concrete anchors creating a large artificial reef area.
Diving the Captain Bob Quarles Reef
The best conditions for diving are when it is calm with little current (green flag). Plan your diving/snorkeling activities around when conditions warrant not just when you have the opportunity to go.
Make sure that you have a dive flag that is clearly visible because boat traffic is common in this area. Visibility ranges from 5-20′ in this area depending on conditions and is most commonly in the 5-10′ range.
- Florida law requires use of Divers-Down Flag for diving or snorkeling and divers must make a reasonable effort to stay within 100′ of dive flag.
- No lifeguards on duty. Be aware of boat traffic, hazardous marine life, and potentially dangerous wave action and currents.
- Alway dive with a buddy, NEVER ALONE!
- Personal floatation device or buoyancy aid strongly recommended for snorkelers.
- Snorkelers and Divers should adhere to beach warning flags.
- GREEN FLAG – Low hazard/Generally calm conditions.
- YELLOW FLAG – Medium hazard/Moderate surf and/or currents
- RED FLAG – High hazard/High Surf and/or strong currents
- PURPLE FLAG – Hazardous Marine Life (generally jellyfish in late summer months)
Getting to the Captain Bob Quarles Reef
Diving this site shore involves a little bit of a swim but is very manageable on days with calm surf conditions. It is fairly easy to locate using a compass to navigate due north from the center of the Park West Reef about another 100-150 yards out into the bay with depths between 13′-15′.
Marine life seen around the Captain Bob Quarles Reef
When diving the reef you will see a lot of different marine life, some of them are:
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There are many other types of marine life that are around the reef, if you want to identify the species you can look at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Saltwater identification page.