Review Date AVG ShoreDiving Site
08/26/2005 3.33 Lake Denton Florida, USA East
This is where I did my check dives. The Blue Gill and Largemouth Bass are very friendly. It is crowded on Saturday, but not as much on Sunday. There is a sunken dinghy and anchored ropes for easy underwater navigation. The lake isn't a spring, so visibility isn't perfect but is pretty good. I have been to 35 feet, however there may be deeper sections. There are no restrooms or showers, so make a pit stop in Avon Park.
08/14/2005 3.92 Venice Beach Florida, USA East
My wife and I visited Venice a few more times. We are learning to read the weather better. All three of the last times were favorable. Two had good sea and visibility, but one didn't make any sense. I think someone is currently dredging. For the first two dives, visibility was good and the sea conditions were excellent. I discovered a reef, saw a Queen Conch, Sheepshead fish, what may have been a scorpion fish, various shells, and unidentified fish. In the last of our three dives there were 10 other dive teams in the water when we started our dive. The sea conditions were good and visibility was good close to shore, but it worsened the further out we went. We decided to turn around when we couldn't see where we were going. We went as far as 17 feet. Even with poor visibility we still saw a decorator crab, hundreds of snails, an unidentified fish, lots of sand dollars, and we were both cleaned by a Sharksucker. We didn't have the pleasure of seeing other divers or sharks once we went down.
07/21/2005 2.26 Venice Beach Florida, USA East
My wife and I visited this beach hoping to find fossilized shark teeth. We swam out about 100 yards and went down to about 15 feet. We couldn't see anything. The waves were pretty large so the conditions weren't the best. It was also low tide. We did meet other divers who were more determined. We decided to cancel the dive. We may try again in the future.