Blue Heron Bridge Scuba
Blue Heron Bridge Scuba
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When it comes to shore diving, muck diving or just plain diving, the Blue Heron Bridge is often hailed as the best in the Americas. A great variety of life, easy shore entry and months of tropical warm water from late spring until late fall makes this a great place to dive. As the only dive shop located at the bridge inside Phil Foster Park, Blue Heron Bridge Scuba is uniquely placed to serve the needs of the dive community.
Riviera Beach, Florida
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Scott H
Port Saint Lucie, FL18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
You won't find a better place in the United States to shore dive that at The Blue Heron Bridge in Phil Foster Park. Easy access just feet from convenient parking. The covered beach entry is large and shaded from the Florida sun. There's an incredible variety of life to be seen underwater if your diving or snorkeling. You'll want to dive at slack high tide fro the clearest water and you might consider contacting a local dive guide to show you where to find things like octopus, and nudibranchs, but it's not necessary. Its a shallow dive averaging about 15-20 feet at the most. Be sure to look for the speedboat wreck and go under the bridge! We visit this place about once a month and it never disappoints.
Written January 2, 2020
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malc1963
Fort Lauderdale, FL16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Solo
This inlet has the distinction of being the Eastern most point in the US. Because of this unique distinction the Blue Heron bridge is awash with micro sealife. From an easy shore dive in 8ft to 25 ft water you can find seahorse, octopus, lobster, eels, hermit crabs, etc. And look out for the occasional barracuda, spotted rays and other large fish life. Only issue here os that parking inside the park is hard to come by. Plan on getting there early to find a convenient spot.
Written March 15, 2021
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Terri B
Chico, CA10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Solo
abundant fish life! Sea horse, grunts, parrot fish, decorator crabs, jaw fish with eggs, electric ray, star fish, file fish, scorpion fish, barracuda and some devil rays came through..... experience was fantastic, I highly recommend. Not a single dislike:)
Written January 28, 2015
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adrianloader
London, UK496 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Couples
Let's separate two things - diving Blue Heron Bridge and diving with Blue Heron Bridge Scuba both in Phil Foster Park. The first is awesome if you're into muck diving, the second is a rather ho, hum service with a tiny shop, rather disinterested staff and little by way of amenties apart from toilets (for example, no rinse tank available after our shore dive despite being told there would be one). We didn't do a boat dive but, from watching them setting out, I suspect there are better operators in the area. We did use a contracted guide through the shop who was helpful in showing us the lay of the land/sea, but not in finding cool stuff to see under the water (that said, we discovered plenty by ourselves). So, go and enjoy this extraordinary spot but you may well be better off just getting some local knowledge from other divers and planning your own thing (my advice would be to explore the east side, including under the bridge there, on your first dive and not to forget you can't put your reg in until outside the swimming area marked by buoys). The advice on timing - one hour before high tide and one hour afterwards - is spot on so don't be late !
Written August 25, 2017
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Karen C
Pompano Beach, FL73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Family
Although we do not dive we go here often to snorkel. It is one of the best places in south Florida to dive and snorkel . Great place to learn both as it is right off the shore. Many classes are in the water learning to dive and snorkel. you have young people to older people. You can see giant starfish , and all kinds of tropical fish and shells, octopi and squid if you are lucky. There is a great trail of man made reefs which attract a lot of sea life. It is recommended you check the tide table before you go and only go during high and slack tide as the current can be pretty strong when it is coming in and out. I recommend highly checking out the website for blue heron bridge. There is a lot of very helpful info and pictures and also the local tide table you can check out. There are picnic facilities ans restrooms in the park, but you must bring your own food and beverages as there are no food vendors. There is a dive shop you can stop in for info and supplies. If you plan to go past the markers you will need a dive flag.. Wonderful way to spend a few hours, not to mention the great exercise you will get. One last piece of advice, get there with ample time before high tide to assure parking availability. On the weekend it can be quite crowded
Written August 13, 2015
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Thanks for the great review! For divers not familiar with the onsite concession, we have instruction, dive charter boat on our docks (Little Deeper Charters), sales, air fills, equipment rentals (including kayaks and stand-up paddle boards), some snacks and drinks and we set up rinse barrels and a warm water shower on the side of the building during high tide periods. The rinse/shower area is free for use of the divers and our staff has maps of the park/dive areas for those needing detailed orientation to the park. We are located on the North side of the parking lot on the first floor of the large building collocated with the county sheriff's ocean rescue/patrol.
Written December 9, 2015
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cherylbeattiebray
Luton, UK156 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015
We stayed in West Palm Beach for a week and dived Blue Heron Bridge twice. The first dive the water was really clear and no current, saw several interesting things, lots of Scorpion fish, octopus in a bottle, lots of little Rays, file fish, big and baby angel fish etc. on the second dive two days later, the water was murkier and there was a fair current but we saw lots of stuff, including several things we have never seen before and I have dived all over the world. Stargazer, plumed scorpionfish, jaw fish, pike blenny, we also saw octopus, Rays, lots of fish and lobster, crabs, shrimp etc. on both dives the deepest I got was 18ft. We were down for 86 minutes in the second dive as you use no air due to the shallow depth. Definitely glad I went. We hired Pura Diva divers who were excellent to guide us and they were inexpensive and know the sites really well to find the good stuff.
Written March 8, 2015
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Earthguard
Fort Lauderdale, FL29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Family
This site is being reviewed also as "Phil Foster Park" by others in TripAdvisor. The park is much more than the Blue Heron Bridge diving site.

We decided to visit this place to take pictures of seahorses. Unfortunately, we did not find a single one but we saw a lot of sea life in an almost perfectly crystalline water: flounders, small manta ray, a large crab, coral, sergeant majors, parrot fish, and lots more! There were some funny wrecks: a bunch of grocery carts, for example!

The plan for this dive included the times for the high tide and by looking at the calendar, choose the perfect day and time of the day to get the best angles for photography. When we arrived at the parking lot, there were not less than 30 vehicles with busy divers dealing with their gear and getting ready for the high tide. All parking is free and it includes security cameras from the local police to survey the lot. The beach access is under the bridge with one section exclusive for bathers and with lifeguard. The minimum walking distance to the shoreline for diving is about 20 m/yards. The bases of the bridge were used by many divers for their final preparation, At least two groups were part of a diving class. The surface of the water became a diving-flag soup: everyone, almost at the same time, trying to get the best experience of that short, high tide time!

Underwater, a very sandy, white bottom was dotted with corals and small wrecks surrounded by fish of silvery colors, mostly small and fast. At one moment, we were surrounded by a large school and the feeling is indescribable! So much life and so alive and so close! All of this happening in this crystalline waters of beautiful pale blue, and almost zero current. It was like diving in a big aquarium! The small coral reefs looked beautiful, very healthy and full of life and colors. There were many urchins on sandy bottom 'camouflaged' with all sorts of debris but they all looked alike, like a ball of wool thread. It was very hard to notice what they were.

Once the high tide was over, we started to explore the bottom of the bridge bases. These huge masses of concrete had holes and crevices with tons of small fish, shells and crustaceans living in it. At one point, we were getting closer to the canal under the bridge. The felt a very rapid and dangerous surge, rate of change in the current, so immediately went back.

The bridge bases were ideal to detach and unload our gear. Then, we noticed another, very convenient bonus of this place: a shower and picnic tables nearby!

We enjoyed this place and the fraternal kind of relationships that occurred naturally in terms of sharing this gorgeous place.

This is definitely a place to remember and come again! A scuba center is located very conveniently a few blocks before crossing the bridge, east-bound. Hope next time a few seahorses show up!
Written November 28, 2014
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Dives-to-much
West Palm Beach, FL88 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2014
I have been in the water there all during the year. I live 10 minutes away. It ranges from great to fair at best. If there has been many storms or runoff then just don't go. Also high slack tide is a must. Otherwise it's easy to get in, lots of fish, critters and lobsters abound. With free parking and O cost to dive it's a place to practice skills and to get great macro pictures when conditions are right. Check with the 2 shops around the corner and they can set you up with a flag (which you need) and a map where to see the best stuff. Basically it's a shallow dive with sometime more fish than you can imagine and you don't spend much money or a whole day. I do it as a dive workout and to adjust the kit for the more serious off shore stuff.
Written March 30, 2014
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oldsaltman
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico25 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2012 • Friends
The water here can be crystal and lots of fish life but you must be aware of where you are ! very strong currents in certain spots and you need to stay well out of the channel also remembering that the boat launch site is just around the corner. I want you to ENJOY your experience. Just use care and common sense.
Written January 19, 2013
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Divemaster_Diane
Suntree, FL33 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2012 • Friends
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.
Written March 7, 2012
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