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USS Chickasaw

GPS coordinates 30.0820610400592, -85.7793789287967 Chickasaw was a steel hulled tug boat built in Pensacola, Florida, in 1908. Dimensions: 107 feet long, 20 foot beam. Lies in 70 ft of water. Located three miles east of the entrance with St Andrews, near the SAB buoy, known by charter boats.

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Mac’s Reef Oil Platform

Macs reef is an oil riggers platform. Depths range from 70 to 100ft. It has three stories of structure and has good marine life on it, Mild currents and depth make this an advanced dive.

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Bridge Span 14

The Hathaway Bridge was originally built in 1929. The spans were from the old bridge that connected Panama City to Panama City Beach. There are 14 Hathaway bridge spans. The spans were sunk in 1988. The 14th Bridge Span is the most dived in the area.

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USS Strength (Wreck)

USS Strength, a World War II minesweeper, saw action off Iwo Jima and Okinawa where she survived both a midget submarine attack and a kamikaze raid. Later in life, Strength served as a training hulk for Navy salvage divers in Washington, D.C., and then Panama City.

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The Black Bart (Wreck)

Sunk off the coast of Panama City Beach, this offshore oilfield supply vessel was sunk as an artificial reef in 1993. Divers can swim through the intact wheelhouse at 40 feet, investigate the deck at 66 feet, and explore the open cargo holds at 80 feet. A great wreck dive for newer divers.

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Saint Andrew’s State Park

A great and easy location for shore diving. Pay the $5 park fee and dive straight from your car with access to facilities in this Florida State Park. Get here early on weekends as it will get crowded.

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Bridge Span 12

The Hathaway Bridge was originally built in 1929. The spans were from the old bridge that connected Panama City to Panama City Beach. There are 14 Hathaway bridge spans. The spans were sunk in 1988.

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Morrison Springs

Morrison Springs is one of the most popular diving spots in northwest Florida. The large, sand-bottomed spring is surrounded by a 161-acre park that is managed by Walton County.

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Destin East Jetty

This is a shore dive. There are jetties on both the east and west side of the pass at this beach - the east side is where people do most of their diving. This is a good local spot with plenty to see.

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Vortex Springs

This 500+ acre Resort produces approximately 32 million gallons of crystal “gin“ clear water daily and is a consistent temperature of 68 degrees. Vortex Spring is one of the most dived locations in all of Florida and is popular among technical as well as brand new divers.

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