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There are many fantastic reefs around the local Ft Lauderdale area that are accessible for divers and snorkelers and abound with life.

There are many fantastic reefs around the local Ft Lauderdale area that are accessible for divers and snorkelers and abound with life.

For safe diving and snorkeling the following cautions should be considered:

  1. By State law every diver and snorkeler must trail a bright, dive flag so boaters can identify there are people in the water. Be sure your flag has sufficient height and buoyancy to prevent it being pulled under the surface where it would not be visible to boaters. Many divers and snorkelers attach snap hooks to their buoy so they can attach their lobster bags or nets. A snorkeling vest is highly recommended especially if you feel tired.
  2. Always dive with a buddy.
  3. Watch your weather conditions- beware of strong currents and storm y weather. To get yourself out of a rip current swim parallel to the beach and within 20 to 30 feet you will be released from it.

You can purchase a dive flag and float at Lauderdale Diver as well as a book describing local dive and snorkel sites from Hollywood to Jupiter, Florida.

These shallow reefs are favored by many scuba divers during lobster season where you will see the reefs crawling with bugs. Grouper, tarpon and snook also like to take refuge under the shallow water ledges.

Nurse sharks and a variety of tropical fish including are also seen. The shallow water allows the sunshine to penetrate the sea floor aiding the growth of the reefs. The light also allows snorkelers and divers to see the beautiful colors of the reef.

Some of our local reefs include the following.

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