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Scuba Diving Locations

When the word scuba diving is mentioned, do you think of women in bikinis in tropical regions? Or do you think of an action scene in a movie where the star knows how to scuba dive, fight off a bad guy while injured and still save the day? Both scenarios are associated with scuba divers, but one is a little more realistic than the other. There are some locations around the globe that are more popular for recreational scuba divers, depending on what their goals are. Lots of people flock to the coral reefs, while others prefer to look at shipwrecks or to see colorful fish. There isn’t a wrong location to go scuba diving, only one that works for you.

Water Regions

To enjoy scuba diving a lot more often, it certainly helps to live near an ocean or the Gulf of Mexico. But even if you don’t you can still enjoy scuba diving while you are on vacation to those areas. But there are a few other places you might be overlooking where you can scuba dive; lakes and rivers.

The lakes and rivers might not be as warm all year round, but they provide great opportunity to use your scuba diving skills. The great lakes, the Great Salt Lake, the finger lakes region and even the mighty Mississippi River all provide ample opportunity for divers. There are plenty of shipwrecks to see and explore in the great lakes, as well as fish species.

All of the rivers and the lakes in the interior of the US will have fish and other aquatic species to look at. But they might have interesting features to them as well. Do they have unique rock deposits in a certain area? Do they have petrified trees that have been there hundreds of years? Investigate your own region before you move out and explore the coastal regions of the US.


Vacation destinations offer a great selection for scuba divers. Since people are on vacation, they will have lots of extra time to pursue the activity. Resorts and even boat companies will offer scuba diving instruction and tours for people who are visiting the area. Be careful of what tour you choose if you aren’t already certified to scuba dive.

When you scuba dive in a warm body of water, you will be able to stay under water longer, especially if you have a wet suit. There will be more species of fish to see and you will also be able to see farther because the water is clearer. But just because the water is warmer doesn’t meant he diving will be better. Some people prefer cooler water and water that presents a challenge to divers. No matter what your preference is for diving, warm or cool water, make sure you are trained properly on all of the instruments before you get in to the water and are on your own (with a buddy) using the scuba diving equipment.

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