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Ponquogue Bridge

New York, USA East

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The Wreck of the Islander

New York, USA East

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One block from restaurants and easy free parking feet from the entry down a short ramp. Swim less than 25 yards and descend on the wreck in about 15 feet. No current. 30 feet viz. Easy as a shore dive can get! Google for more info and start by going here: http://www.1000islands.com/wrecks/ St. Lawrence River, Clayton NY side. This side wheel steamer was built in Rochester, N.Y. in 1871 and launched as James H. Kelly later changed to John Thorn. The Islander measured 125 ft. x 20 ft. x 7 ft. and weighed 118 gross tons. As well as a regular mail carrier between Clayton and Alexandria Bay, the Islander began island and river tours on July 31, 1893. The Islander burnt on Sept. 16, 1909 while at dock at Alexandria Bay. Since the tragedy the Islander has become a favorite dive site for many divers. The Islander is located just off the shoreline of Alexandria Bay. She is angled slightly upstream with a very slight current, which makes this a very pleasurable dive. The stern is in 15 ft. of water with the bow in 60 ft.. The best access to the wreck is to park in the town parking lot in front of the pavilion, just west of the hospital.
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Abay Hospital Bottle Dive

New York, USA East

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Entry is after the pavilion walk to the right down the hill to the fishing dock, jump in and drop down, the hospital was built on a hotel property so there is a ton of bottles and glassware just waiting for people to dig for and discover. Gentle currents may be an issue so watch it, stay close to the wall and you can swim back, or just drift down to the Islander and get out. Lots of diving to be done right in this general area. 81N to 13E to Alexandria Bay light, go left into the heart of A-bay, go straight until road T's, go left and then right into the park parking lot. Carry gear thru the pavilion and use tables on other side.
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Shinnecock Jetty

New York, USA East

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Shoreham Jetty

New York, USA East

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Cedar Beach Jetty

New York, USA East

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Atlantic Beach Old Bridge

New York, USA East

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Mattituck Jetties

New York, USA East

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Manhattan Beach

New York, USA East

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Bayville Barge

New York, USA East

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Beach 8th Street, Queens

New York, USA East

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Bob Sterner (<a target="_blank" href="http://www.sternereditorial.com">Sterner Editorial</a>) is the editor of <a target="_blank" href="http://www.nedivenews.com">Northeast Dive News</a>, and has submitted the following:<br><br>A Paradise Not Lost<br>By Bob Sterner<br><br>What's old is new is the good news about Almost Paradise. Beach 9th Street, Far Rockaway, Queens, N.Y., is back to being called Beach 8th Street, for the traditional hole in the fence that's given so much pleasure to generations of divers, local fishermen and kids splashing into the cool eddy between the jetties that form the site. Diving here no longer costs $20 a head for everyone in the car to park in the now closed Almost Paradise lot, although I'd still be glad to do so for the showers and facilities to rinse salt out of gear while getting a burger and a soda after a nice dive.<br><br>Riding the tide change to the bridge and back is discouraged in post-9/11 days, although serious tautog spear-fishers still return from there with dinner. At least they know what they're bagging. Shore fishers bring home lots of dinner too from this thriving patch of sand just off JFK Airport's runways. When dinner divers miss a shot, they missed it. When shore fishers lose a fish, their bottom tackle stays on the bottom hooking and killing sea creatures for decades. <br><br>A fish killed wantonly that Barbara Krooss caught me looking at not long ago tells the story of glittery bottom tackle underwater. It's there to kill generations of fish unless you cut it off and remove it from pilings and other underwater obstructions. It might sound counter-productive, but you can make friends with the shore fishers who hate you for blowing bubbles around their favorite cast sites if you return the bounty of hooks, weights, spinners and other lures that they lost underwater. At the base of the piling where this fish lost its life to a lure we found a horseshoe crab barely alive and hopelessly snarled in a tangle of fishing line. It didn't stick around for a portrait after being freed. <br><br>Otherwise little has changed at the humble beach where thousands of divers have earned their c-cards. Divers still queue up a half-hour before high and low slack tide for optimum visibility. Many still avoid the crowd by diving as the current runs by ducking behind pilings. It's great training for low-vis conditions at a place where you can't get lost so long as you can follow a compass needle north to the shore. At mid-channel, high-tide, it is about 40 feet to the surface, but you don't want to go there because of heavy boat traffic. Lobsters, crabs, flounders, bergals, sponges, mussels and plants galore that drew divers to this humble site decades ago are still there for those willing to venture through the hole in the fence to see what's beneath the waves of Reynolds Channel. <br><br>See more photos and stories of diving this and other sites at <a target="_blank" href="http://www.sternereditorial.com">Sterner Editorial</a>. Found in the Rockaways, near JFK Airport in New York City
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USS Ohio

New York, USA East

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Underwater Restaurant

New York, USA East

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The dive starts like the Islander, but upon entry you go east along the rock slope, go past the buoyancy course (or maybe give it a try, never hurt to practice), go past the 20ft training platform, and start to look for the heavy chains from the Uncle Sams boat tour dock (stay low, the boat could leave at anytime, cool to see it go overhead, not cool to get sucked into the screws) follow the chains away from shore or roughly north-northeast. Once you get to the bottom of the chains you should see the restaurant about 60 feet away. Take only pics, leave only bubbles please. 81N to 13E to Alexandria Bay light, go left into the heart of A-bay, go straight until road T's, go right and follow it around to the left, the site is obvious with its pavilion and parking lot.
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HMS Culloden

New York, USA East

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Islander

New York, USA East

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With the pavilion and tables it makes it a breeze to suit up. The wreck of the Islander is down the sites steps and swim about 30 feet out straight. She sets with her bow pointed westward and lists starboard to the north. Easy dive from 22 feet to 60 feet in depth, gentle if any current. Fish of the dive would be the mudskippers that seem to be everywhere if you look close in the shallows. Get lucky and catch sight of a sturgeon. 81N to 13E to Alexandria Bay light, go left into the heart of A-bay, go straight until road T's, go right and follow it around to the left, the site is obvious with its pavilion and parking lot.
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Montauk Jetties

New York, USA East

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Clark's Beach

New York, USA East

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Sag Harbor Jetty

New York, USA East

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East Shore Park

New York, USA East

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Quite possibly the only place to legally dive Cayuga Lake from the shore. Because of this the Cornell open water SCUBA class will sometimes teach students here. The water remains quite shallow for quite some distance, making it unlikely you can swim to over twenty feet depth. From downtown Ithaca take the 13 just past Ithaca High School to the 34. Make a left onto the 34, and follow it about a quarter mile. East Shore Park will be on the left.
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Throgs Neck Jetty

New York, USA East

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Rogers Rock

New York, USA East

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Rogers Rock (or Slide) is a very steep cliff that extends from a mountain deep into Lake George. Lots of boulders, and multiple thermoclines are to be encountered. From the beach at the Association camping area, swim left (north) around the bay and you will encounter Juniper Island. Juniper is a small island that is separated by a 2 or 3 foot deep channel which divers and campers have been alternately filling in or deepening over the years. Depending on who had the last say, you may be able to swim through a shallow cut between the island and the shore, or may have to take a short swim around the island. Once past the island you are at the start of the slide. Huge boulders, lots of vertical rock make this an interesting place to dive. Viz in the 30 foot range is fairly normal. Rogers Rock is located in the NYS Rogers Rock campground. To reach it take Adirondack Northway to Lake George and take rt 9 up the west side of Lake George to the campground, about 3 mines north of Hague. Shore access is best from the Association area campsite. This is often rented by the week, In September there are often several SCUBA clubs that rent the area and divers are welcome.
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Rocky Point

New York, USA East

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Jones Beach Jetty

New York, USA East

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Moriches Jetty

New York, USA East

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Roda Wreck

New York, USA East

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Murphy Wreck

New York, USA East

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Green Point Jetty

New York, USA East

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Oyster Barge Wreck

New York, USA East

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Casino Island Drift

New York, USA East

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One should walk the park to get the idea before entry. After walking out of the pavilion go left toward the bridge, but go past, down the hill until the fence ends, you will see a nice gentle rock entry point, the idea is to swim out to the island from there, drop down and catch the current across the front of the island, after the island there are 2 options: Drift to the Islander or swim across the canal behind the island to the east side of the fishing dock and exit thru the rocks, look close you see what I mean at the very end of the dock is a set of rock "stairs" to get out. Lots of fun!!! 81N to 13E to Alexandria Bay light, go left into the heart of A-bay, go straight until road T's, go left and then right into the park parking lot. Carry gear thru the pavilion and use tables on other side.
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Beach 59th Street

New York, USA East

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Weaks Point Jetty

New York, USA East

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Sea Cliff

New York, USA East

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