Matthew Bane's Dive Log
Blue Spring Park, Waldron on 3/29/2004
Mar 29, 2004, 12:00 AM
Blue Springs is a rock quarry dive site. Vis maybe 12', mucky bottom, and a thermocline. You can drive your car right down to the quarry, and they do have a few things to look at - a couple boats, and an armored car being the most interesting.
Lauderdale by the Sea on 3/25/2005
Mar 25, 2005, 12:00 AM
Went to Lauderdale by the Sea to dive. My impressions was that it was really a bit overrated. Dove both first and second reef as shore dives, plus several boat dives. Reef is nothing like Mexico (or other places farther south) -- fewer fish, most coral is brown coral, vis for shore dives was maybe 30' on second reef, 15' on first. To be fair, we did the shore dives in the afternoon after boat diving so the water was more churned up than it might have been in the morning. Did see 1 nurse shark and an eel on the shore dives, but that's about it (besides some reef fish). Note that the shore dive depth is also only about 12' on the first reef, and maybe 20' on the second. If you are spending the money to fly to Lauderdale to dive and stay, do yourself a favor and go to the Riviera Maya south of Cancun instead. The cost of a decent all-inclusive there is roughly the same or less than paying full price for everything in South Florida, and you get world class diving rather than the over-hyped stuff you get in Florida. You can also easily take a $17.00 ferry ride to Cozumel from the Riviera Maya and dive in Cozumel for cheaper than it costs to go (boat diving) in Florida . . . Email me if you want any info, we go there all the time -- mmbane(at)indy.rr(dot)com.
White Rock Park, St. Paul on 9/14/2005
Sep 14, 2005, 12:00 AM
Went here with small group because we hadn't been before. Vis was so low that I could barely see the person's fins in front of me (5 ft?). Not really set up for scuba at all; mainly a day park for swimming with no facilities for divers. It did have a school bus sunk, but that was about it.