L Street Beach

New Jersey, USA East
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Snorkeling and Scuba Diving at L Street Beach

Being in the back basin the current is less from tidal changes than in the inlet so you can get in a longer dive. The trade off is there is less to see but it is a good place to practice skills or test equipment. The site is used by some instructors for classes on weekends and can get silted out in the shallows. Best time is early evenings during the week, check the tide tables for high tide. All diving is west of the boat ramp, between the boat ramp and Rt. 35 is a low wall perfect for putting on the tank. Walk down the beach, not the boat ramp! Since you'll be diving next to a boat ramp, in front of a floating fishing pier or west under the sailing school a flag is a must! The second choice for an entry are the steps at the sailing school. In the shallows are sea grasses, as you go deeper (max 20') and under the boat channel it's sand. Things you'll see besides things lost by student divers, fishermen and boaters are the usual Jersey crabs, blueclaws, stone, hermits and horseshoe. Seabass, Sea Robins, Flounder, starfish, some shrimp and the occasional Seahorse. In late summer and into fall we get tropical's, mostly butterflies, some damsels, triggers, small frogfish and I have seen squid. After the dive there is a hose near the boat ramp for washing down boats but it works for divers too. At the west end of the beach near the sailing school is a beach shower but it's not always on and a bathroom that maybe locked if the lifeguard is off duty. If you like this and would like to explore east of the boat ramp contact DiversTwo in Avon about doing the clean-up dive one Saturday morning in October when the USCG closes down all boat traffic. L street beach is located at L street and Rt. 35 on Shark River in Belmar NJ.
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Jerry
Jerry
Jul 4, 2010, 12:00 AM
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Easy entry, mild current and bay-like surface conditions make this a great site for training or for a beginner. Visibility is typically 3 to 6 feet. With a visibility of 4 feet, an enjoyable dive is possible. The bottom is easily disturbed. Missing or jumping slack a little carries away whatever you kick up. Maximum depth is around 15 feet. Marine life includes the usual variety found in NJ, but unusual things can be found. On a night dive a few years back I saw a seahorse. Watch for boats and jet skis controlled by people with varying levels of competence. Surface close to your flag and away from areas subject to marine traffic. Avoid the area near the boat ramp. Near the fishing pier, it may be impossible to avoid snags when fishermen are present. The site offers parking close to the beach entry point. Note: The scuba stairs at this site were taken down in the winter (2010) and have not been repaired. Conditions here would also permit snorkeling.
Originally posted on shorediving.com