The Long Island, New York Beach Diving Guide for scuba divers.
The complete scuba divers beach diving guide to Long Island, N.Y. shipwrecks, jetties and inlets complete with driving directions.
       
 

 

#1 Atlantic Beach Bridge
#2 Atlantic Beach Jetty
#3 Atlantic Beach Old Bridge
#4 Bannister Creek Barge
#5 Bayville Barge & Sub
#6 Bayville Beach
#7 Beach 6th-9th Street
#8 Beach 59th Street Wreck
#9 Black Banks
#17 Bottle Hole
#10 Caumsett State Park
#11 Cedar Beach & Jetties
#12 Center Island Beach
#13 Clarkes Beach
#14 Culloden, H.M.S
#15 Cupsoque Beach Park
#16 Democrat Point
#17 Derelict Bay
Diving Tips
#18 Done Deal
#19 Duck Pond Point
#20
Dutch Springs
#21 Eatons Neck Oyster Barge
Exploring New Sites
#44 Ferry Pier, Old
#51 Ferry Wreck, Rye Cliff
#22 Fort Pond Bay
#23 Garveys Point Jetty
#24 Garveys Point Mooring
#51 General Knox Wreck
#25 Greenport Bridge
#26 Greenport Jetty
#27 Hempstead Harbor Park
#28 Horton Point
#14 H.M.S. Culloden
#29 Island Park Beach
#30 Jones Beach Jetty          
#31 Kenny's Road Beach

#32 Lake Ronkonkoma
#33 Laurel Lake
Lobster Diving
#34 Long Beach, Noyack
#35 Luce Landing

#37 Manhattan Beach Reef
 
#58 Summerville Basin Tug
#59 Theodore Roosevelt County Park
#60 Throgs Neck Jetty
Tides and Currents
Treasure Hunting
Underwater Hunting
Underwater Photography
#43 U.S.S. Ohio
#53 Watch Wreck
#61 Weaks Point Jetty
#62 Wildwood Lake
     
     
 
Long Island Shore Diver ebook
The Scuba Diver's guide to Long Island NY Beach Diving.

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Long Island Shore Diver, 3rd Edition is the most comprehensive, accurate, illustrated collection of information, photographs, sketches and stories ever written about the beach dive sites off Long Island, New York. This ebook is a new updated, expanded and enhanced color edition of Dan Berg's original Shore Diver book, which over the years has become the diver's bible to finding and exploring the fascinating beach sites off Long Island. Included within the text are car directions and complete dive site conditions to over 60 sites. The text is heavily illustrated with 110 color photographs, black & White photographs, and triangulation sketches. Divers, fisherman, marine historians, armchair sailors or anyone with a general interest in history, diving, or the sea will surely find this ebook informative, fascinating and the perfect addition to their library

 

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Please note that this web site is based on the Long Island Shore Diver book. The book is not a complete listing of all New Jersey beach sites but rather a guide to the most popular dive sites. We would like to ask divers to contact the publisher with any additional information so that we may update this text.

While reading this text, keep in mind that some locations are known by different names. We have listed most of these names in the index, listed above. 

Directions, parking, dive conditions, or even the legality of diving a particular site could change. Please use the information contained within this book only as a basic guideline, and let good diving skills, common sense, and courtesy lead you to enjoy Long Island's excellent beach diving.

 

DIVING TIPS

Over the years divers have developed or applied techniques and used certain pieces of equipment to make the sport easier, more enjoyable and safer. Here are a few tips that you might find useful:

SAFETY

A non-diver who comes along for the trip will not only be able to help divers with equipment, but should be informed as to the complete dive plan and plan of action if divers do not return on schedule. This beach buddy also should be informed of the diver OK and distress signals. On remote beaches, a hand-held marine radio or CB will be very useful in case of an emergency. Always leave word at home where you will be diving. A small first aid kit to manage minor cuts and bruises should be assembled and brought on every dive.

SUITING UP

Sand causes the most aggravation to beach divers, as it seems to get everywhere, such as into wet suits, regulators, "O" rings, etc.. To reduce the amount of sand getting into your gear, either suit up out of a car or bring a large plastic tarp to stand on. I also would suggest bringing a bucket and filling it with water before the dive. This way, after the dive, sand can be quickly removed from your feet by stepping into the bucket before stepping back onto the tarp.

Some wet suits, especially rented ones are often very difficult to get into. A trick that was shown to me by my instructor was to mix up a solution of 75% water and 25% liquid soap and keep it readily available in a small squeeze bottle. This solution not only helps divers slip into their suits, but cleans the suit as well.

On cold and windy days, especially while diving in the winter, use your car or other structure as a wind barrier while suiting up or un-suiting.

Bringing a thermos filled with warm water, and pouring some into your gloves or wet suit boots will help take the chill off after a cold-water dive. Re-usable chemical heat packs also will come in very handy when trying to get rid of a chill.

DIVING

Once in the water, especially when diving a new location, take a compass bearing straight out from the beach. This basic navigational information allows the diver to swim out and enjoy the dive, while always knowing at least the

basic direction the shore is in. Divers can then swim on a reciprocal course that should bring them back to shore without ever having to surface for directions. Once practiced, this underwater navigation technique should become almost second nature while diving. As another navigational aid, divers should count the number of kick cycles it takes them to swim out. With this count, divers then know the approximate number of kick cycles it will take to return to shore, not compensating for any current.

If a boat engine is heard while you are submerged, lie flat on the bottom, if possible, next to a big rock until the sound fades. Do not surface to see where the boat is until you are sure it's safe.

A diver can flash his light, or tap with the butt of a knife on his own tank to get the attention of his buddy, or other divers. Buddies who dive together should attempt better underwater communications through hand signals or by talking through their regulators. Talking through your regulator takes some practice, but after awhile you and your buddy will understand what is being said. I have communicated this way in zero visibility when hand signals are of no use.

If you should locate a new wreck, or site that you want to return to, swim to the surface and while staying directly over the site, take compass bearings of two objects on the beach. Use objects that are permanent, easy to see, and far enough apart to create about a 90 degree angle. This double compass course called triangulation is very accurate. If no compass is available, line up two objects on the beach. For example, a telephone pole lined up with the left side of a house. Whatever your land bearings or land ranges are, draw out a little map. This way, years down the line, you will still be able to find the same spot without having to rely on memory. When trying to find any of the wrecks off the coast most divers usually find it easier to navigate out with a compass. If the wreck is not located, the divers surface to check their land bearings. Recently, diver Dan Lieb told me another technique he uses to locate a wreck. Dan recommends swimming out on the surface. The diver holds his dive flag that has a weighted line attached. The weight can be made of sinkers and does not have to be too heavy. While on the surface, the diver swims out to the site. Once he passes over the wreck the weighted line bounces and catches into the wreck. The diver then swims down and secures his flag line to the wreck and begins to explore. Mr Lieb reports that this method saves on air and allows divers to use land ranges while swimming out to a site.

NIGHT DIVING

Night divers, or any diver for that matter, should never shine a dive light directly into anyone else's eyes. Doing so will ruin or reduce night vision.

Night diving can be very productive, especially when searching for lobsters. Divers should bring at least two lights plus attach a cylume light stick to their regulator yoke. This chemical light stick enables dive teams to stay in contact with each other by monitoring the cylume light stick's glow.

Navigation back to shore can be made relatively easy by leaving a blinking light, similar to a road hazard light, on shore before entering the water. This light then gives divers a distinct point to navigate back to after their dive. Believe me, at night the entire coast could look remarkably similar, and this light should prevent some long walks back to your entry point.

UNDERWATER HUNTING

Night is definitely the best time to catch the nocturnal lobster. These tasty crustaceans also can be found during the day by searching through holes that are found in jetties and wrecks, etc. A strong, narrow beam dive light is the best type of light to use when trying to see deep inside these small caves.

Divers in search of dinner often ignore mussels, but they shouldn't be, as they are very tasty. Collect mussels from mid-water where they are rinsed constantly by the tide. They will be clean and tender. Mussels clinging to poles near the surface in the sunlight will not be as tender. Mussels picked from the bottom will be full of sand or mud.

Spear fishing should only be done in clear water. Always make sure you can see the full distance of your shot. For example, don't use an eight-foot cord in four-foot visibility, as you could accidentally hit another diver. To spear a fish, swim slowly without making any quick movements, and try for a shot just behind the head. If hit in the stomach, the fish could spin off the spear, while if hit in the head, the spear could just bounce off.

EXPLORING NEW DIVE SITES

This book has by no means listed every beach dive on Long Island. I have listed all the sites, which I have been to over the years, or have had knowledge of. There are still miles and miles of unexplored waterfront along both the north and south shores.

The first thing to do when trying to locate a new dive site is to decide your dive objectives. For example, if you are only interested in catching lobsters, you must look for rocks, a wreck, a jetty, or some other obstruction where they are known to make their home. If your objective were to find old bottles, a

good place to look would be at old fishing piers, or anywhere else that people would drink and discard bottles. If you were interested in underwater photography, you would, of course, want marine life and good visibility.

Let's use the example of a diver who wants to find a new bottling site. First get some old marine charts or maps. You will be amazed at how much information they contain. Look for dump sites, ferry piers, etc., and mark them down. Next, look on an up-to-date street map for basic directions. Then you have to do some leg work, and drive to the sites to see if they are accessible. Sometimes there won't be any parking, or a site will be located on private property, but when you do get in the water at a new site, it can be quite rewarding.

In general, the north shore offers a better beach dive. Close to shore is a sand bottom, where visibility can be very good, and rocks are found scattered all along the coast. The south shore's inland bays have more of a silty mud bottom. The inlets and jetties on the south shore do have sand bottoms and are nice, but most of them have strong currents. Also, a lot of south shore beach-front is private property, or public beaches, which makes them hard to get to. Some other new dive sites, which may open in the future, include additional state parks. Currently, with the exception of Caumsett Park and a few others, state parks do not allow scuba diving. However, state owned lands might soon be open to the sport diving public. These waterfront parks will offer divers more unexplored coasts for fun and recreation.

To recap, after you pick your dive objective, a little research or planning will usually yield more rewards than trial and error.

TIDES AND CURRENTS

It is extremely important that divers understand the fundamentals before diving in any type of current. Currents are caused by tides, wind, weather and waves. These mass movements of water can sometimes be powerful and should not be underestimated.

On the north shore of Long Island divers will mostly notice a mild tidal drift. This type of water movement may not be very swift, but divers must still make a mental note of the general direction so they can compensate when navigating back to shore. Divers also should try to start their dive by swimming into or against the current. This way, at the end of the dive, the current will assist the dive team in returning to their entry point.

On the north and south shore, when there is an inlet involved, or whenever a large volume of water is moving through a narrow space during either a Flood or Ebb Tide, the force will be strong. When diving in or around areas that have Rip Currents, divers should realize that the current will disperse after it

has passed through the funnel caused by the narrow space. If a diver was to get caught and carried out to sea, it would be for short distance. A diver who finds himself being carried off should not fight to swim against the current, since this would be a hopeless waste of energy. He should swim parallel to the beach, or across the current, until he gets out of the rip or the current disperses. Then he can easily make his way to the beach without having to fight against the current's force.

Whenever planning a dive in an area that has a strong current, it is best to dive at Slack Tide. Slack Tide simply means that for a short time there is little or no current. Slack occurs in the time lapse when the tide is changing from incoming to outgoing, or from outgoing to incoming. Slack Tide can last from five minutes to two hours, but will usually last for about a half-hour at most of Long Island's sites.

The best dives are usually done at High Slack because the incoming flooding tide has just brought in clean ocean water. During Low Slack, visibility is usually not as good due to the outgoing, Ebbing Tide, which brings out mud and debris from the inland waterways. With the above information in mind, divers should refer to tide tables when planning their dives. Tide tables can be found in most fishing stores or in the daily paper. Make sure the table used is for the correct area since Slack Tide at one location will not occur at the same time as another. Keep in mind that this is only a brief explanation of tides and currents. For more information, refer to an advanced dive manual, or participate in an advanced diver-training course. Remember: plan your dive and dive your plan.

TREASURE HUNTING

For anyone that likes to hunt for artifacts I would highly recommend an underwater metal detector. With a metal detector divers can find anything from buried brass and coins to lost ,jewelry. The other advantage is that any popular swim beach now becomes a great beach diving location. Even if the site offers little to attract divers. For example, a beach could have nothing but a barren sandy bottom with little marine life. However, buried beneath that sand could be old coins and gold rings. Divers also have an advantage over most treasure hunters who only wade chest deep into the Photo by Jozef Koppelman water. Divers can, of course, swim out to the most lucrative spots, in water too deep to stand.

 

 
   
 
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