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“Shallow water diving at its' best” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Diving Blue Heron Bridge

Diving Blue Heron Bridge
900 East Blue Heron Boulevard, Phil Foster Park, Riviera Beach, FL 33404
561 966 6600
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Orlando, Florida
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“Shallow water diving at its' best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2012

I am an experienced diver with over 17 years experience and to be honest, at first, I was quite hesistant to dive beneath a bridge in the middle of the Intercostal. However, my reluctance was to my own detriment, as the Blue Heron Bridge has become one of my favorite shallow water dives, and is especially convienent and offers exceptional dive conditions even when the ocean is rough. The bridge showcases a greater diversity of marine life in a shorter area than many east coast ocean dives. You are likely to see spotted stingrays, flying gunards, pufferfish, seahorses, lobster, arrow crabs, parrotfish, horseshoe crabs, pillow starfish, and even a stray manatee. This is only a sampling of the marine life you are likely to come across in only 12-15 feet of water. Other noteworthy advantages of this location are easy entrance and exit, as the entry point is directly underneath the bridge and the parking lot is only feet away. In addition, parking is free.
That being said, no review would be complete without mentioning at least some of the downsides of Blue Heron Bridge, however, even these are far outweighed by the positives. Sometimes the location is swarming with divers, mostly open water 1 classes, and it is dfficult to separate from them. The best way to find seclusion is to dive near the old part of the bridge to the right of the entry point, as most classes are to the left. Also, because this is an intercoastal waterway dive, tide conditions msut be adhered to for best visibility and low current. Best time to get wet and start your dive is 1 hour before high tide, so check the tide schedule online before you go out there. This means that sometime you will have to dive at 6:45am and other days it might not be until 11am. The last ocncern is to make sure oyu do not stray into the boat channel as this is not only illegal but highly dangerous. You will know the boundary of the channel as it is a row of closely spaced concrete columns. Always use a dive flag.
Overall the Blue Heron Bridge offers a relaxing dive teaming with life. Make sure to look inside the columns of the bridge to find even more fish and growth. Always a different experience no matter how many time you dive this site. Great backdrop of Singer Island and Peanut Island too!!

Visited May 2012
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West Palm Beach, Florida
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“And its about to get even better!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2012

Palm Beach County will add artificial reef material and information stations this summer.

Visited April 2012
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“One of the Top Ten "Muck Dive" places in the USA!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2012

A favorite SCUBA dive spot that is very accessable and FREE! Many local and non-local divers converge on this spot daily (many more divers on the weekends). You must dive at peak high tide for the best water clarity (see local tide tables for Port of Palm Beach http://www.protides.com/florida/2157/2012/01/).

To see all the different species, you need to take your time and do both sites more than once. Sightings of the rarer fish, like batfish, flying gunards and seahorses are about equal at both sites.

The east span has more wrecks under the bridge and one wreck as you enter on the east. It is common for instructors to hold classes on the east site as it offers depths to 23’. Be aware of this if you are shooting photos it silts up a bit.

The west site has shallow depths at 19’ max depth, and offers more lee areas when the tides turn. If you dive the west site, you will have more time on your dive with a chance for greater visibility. I perfer the west side over the east for visability reasons.

It can’t be stressed enough... Take your time, go slow and keep your eyes moving. You will need to dive both sites a number of times to see some of the rare sea life Blue Heron Bridge offers. I have dove here dozens of times and it is always a great dive.

TIPS FOR DIVING HERE:

Arrive early and scout all three sites on foot.. Locate today's fishermen and dive groups,
and the boat channel south of the park.

Bring a small light to look into crevices.

You must display a dive flag at all times.

Be at water's edge 30-45 minutes before peak high tide, geared up and ready to go.
Diving is open from sunrise to sunset unless you have a special night dive permit, then the park closes at 10 PM.

There are three distinct diving areas. If doing two, or all three areas in one dive, Start on the east span first. Its tide window is shorter.

Fishermen are overhead at both east and west bridge spans. Be alert to fishing lines and stay away.

Nearby docks by the east span are private property, and dangerous. Their electrical wiring may cause injury or death, boat traffic risk is great, and the dock owners will get mad. Keep Away!

Dive all areas near slack high tide to increase your chance for a great dive.
Macro life is abundant and macro life can be experts at camouflage, so keep an eye out for them. Scorpion fish and other stinging animals are present... becareful where you place your hands or kneel.

There are some very large fish and occasional manatees too, so keep scanning for those in the distance. Max depths = 23' east site, 19' west site.

Available diving sunrise until sundown (unless you have a special permit for night diving). Park closes at 10 PM. Force-E dive shop has night diving about once a month.

Plan to dive no more than two areas on a single dive.

Use good finning techniques to reduce silt out for better viewing macro life.

Outside showers are available after your dive.

Other facilities are located in three areas of the park. Picnic tables and grills are located in a number of areas of the park and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Pole showers are available on the south-side of the parking area in close proximity to the beach. Four (4) family picnic shelters are available on the west side of the park. They are available for use on first-come, first-served basis except when reserved by permit for special event purposes. A playground facility designed for children ages 5-12 is located on the southwest corner of the park in close proximity to the swimming beach. This special facility includes swings and a climbing apparatus. For the children's safety, the site is enclosed by a fence and features a resilient surface to cushion falls. Adult supervision is recommended. Swimming area is roped off and has lifeguards on duty.

Restrooms are found on the east-side of the park in close proximity to the boat ramps and on the west-side near the family picnic shelters. Restrooms are available for boater use 24-hours a day.

Free admission and free parking.

Visited February 2012
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