Diving is undoubtedly one of the most enjoyable sports out there.
Sadly, many continue to miss out because they find it intimidating or scary. However, let’s get this misconception right away before we go any further.
Whether you’re a newbie or a pro, there’s a little something for everyone in diving. If you are a beginner, then today’s your lucky day. Here are some of the best diving sites in the US that won’t scare the oxygen out of you.
1. John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park (Key Largo, Fla.)
PADI executive and diver Karl Shreeves says that Pennekamp is “great for beginning divers because there’s lots of living coral and it’s relatively shallow.” It is the country’s first underwater park that packs an abundant sea life that’s attracted countless newbie divers worldwide.
2. Channel Islands National Park, Calif.
If kelp forests and seals are what you’re after, then look no further than Channel Islands National park. This five-island property hosts a wide array of all-day activities including diving. “Each island has its own personality. The boat operator will always try to find a spot where there’s minimal waves and as little current as possible,” Shreeves explains.
3. Kona, Hawaii
“Because Hawaii is relatively isolated there are many species and subspecies of fish swimming there that are found nowhere else,” Shreeves says. “It’s absolutely gorgeous.” On this side of the continent, there’s no shortage of sea life including dolphins, octopus, rays, and so many more.
4. Bonne Terre Mine, Mo.
Fact: This huge underwater destination was formerly a mine. It now offers various diving activities all year round. They put in docks and all kinds of lights. The cold, fresh water preserves everything,” Shreeves explains. “You get a glimpse into early Missouri mining history. There are trucks, mining tools, even some furniture.”
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