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Scuba Diving

So we can’t boast about coral reefs like the Florida Keys but there is plenty of opportunity for ledge, wreck and artificial reef diving in the area. For coordinates visit http://www.sarasotascuba.org/reef.html. Some of the more popular dive sites occur at depths between 30 and 50 feet. Visibility in these waters is usually 20 to 50 feet.

The Point of Rocks
You can find this fun spot just off the south end of Crescent Beach on Siesta Key
It is an excellent spot for snorkeling or scuba diving.

The Bay Ronto
This 400-foot British freighter sunk in the Gulf of Mexico in 1919. The ship now lays on her back at a depth of about 100 feet. The wreck of the Bay Ronto is home to a variety of wildlife and provides an exciting dive.

Venice Beach
101 The Esplanade
941-861-5000
http://www.scgov.net/ParksandRecreation/Beaches/VeniceBeach.asp

Known as the Shark Tooth Capital of the World, Venice Beach is located at the west end of Venice Avenue one mile west of business Route 41. It is a great jumping off point for a dive and you can hunt for prehistoric sharks teeth in the sand. A reef containing fossilized material is located a quarter of a mile offshore. Depths range from very shallow near the shore and drop at an average of 10 feet per mile as you head into the Gulf. There are many excellent dive sites at depths of 30 - 50 feet. Check with a dive shop in the area for the specifics.

875 feet of developed sandy beach, parking, restrooms, showers, picnic tables, volleyball courts, lifeguard station all year, group facilities, handicap facilities, public transportation drop off/pick up.

Check It Out!

Dolphin Dive Center
6018 S. Tamiami Trl.
Sarasota Florida
Phone: 941-924-2785
www.floridakayak.com

Florida Down Under
2212 Alice Rd.
Sarasota Florida
info@fdu.com
www.fdu.com

Florida West Scuba School
509B N. Tamiami Trl.
Venice Florida
Phone: 941-486-1400
www.floridawestscuba.com

Ocean Pro Dive Shop
2259 Bee Ridge Rd.
Sarasota Florida
Phone: 941-924-3483
www.oceanprodive.com

Scuba Quest Pro Dive Center
1129 S. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota Florida
Phone: 941-366-1530
www.scubaquestusa.com

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