Fort Pickens Jetties
The Fort Pickens Jetties is one of the most popular shore diving sites in the Florida Panhandle. This site is easily accessible from the north seawall steps west of the fishing pier. This site is one of the main SCUBA training dive sites in the area.
Diving the Fort Pickens Jetties
Although considered a relatively easy dive depths can range between 10′ – 50′, the site is subject to strong currents during tide changes. Conditions are usually best one hour before to one hour after the peak high tide.
Important Reef Info
- 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 Fort Pickens Jetties
The Jetties are located in the Gulf Island National Seashore National Park. As you enter the fort, make your way to the northernmost road that runs east to west along the seawall, turn west. As you travel west, you’ll see the road & the seawall make a sharp bend to the south (left). There are several parking spaces at this location, as well as rinse showers and bathrooms. Cross over the seawall using the stairs at the northwest point.
Marine life seen around the Fort Pickens Jetties
When diving the jetties you will see a lot of different marine life, some of them are:
- Gag Grouper
- Red Snapper
- Gulf Flounder
- Longspined Porcupine Fish
- Sea Urchin
- Moon Jellyfish
- Stone Crab
- Blue Crab
- Orange Filefish
- Sea Robin
There are many other types of marine life that are around the jetties, if you want to identify the species you can look at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Saltwater identification page.