The New Jersey Beach Diving Guide for scuba divers.
The complete scuba divers beach diving guide to New Jersey's shipwrecks, jetties and inlets complete with driving directions.
       
 

new jersey beach scuba diving map of locations
 

Acme Barge
Adonis
A.G. Ropes
Allenhurst Jetty
Antioch        
Atlantus  
Aysrshire Shipwreck  

Barge Wreck 
Barnegat Inlet 
Barrel Wreck
Bay City
Bluffs Shipwreck  
Boiler Wreck
Bone Wreck
Civita Carrera
China Shipwreck 

Colgate Hoyt
Contributing Writers
Creole Shipwreck

Dead Eye Wreck
Deauville Inn
 
Diving Tips

Dual Wrecks
     Adonis
    Rusland 
F Buoy Shipwreck

George R Skolfield

Gull Island Park
Hardware Wreck
Holgate Jetty
John Minturn Shipwreck

 

Kenilworth
Lizzie H Brayton Shipwreck

Lobster Diving
Malta Shipwreck

Manasquan Inlet Shipwreck

Manasquan Jetties
Manasquan River Railroad Bridge
Manasquan Shipwreck

Milford Haven 
New Era Shipwreck

Night Diving 

Pink Pinnacle

Pliny Shipwreck

Powhattan

Queen Of The South
 
Sea Side Pipeline
Shark River Inlet
Suggested Reading
Spear Fishing
Treasure Hunting
SS Thurmond Shipwreck

Tides & Currents
Townsend Inlet
Undaunted Shipwreck
Underwater Hunting
Underwater Photography
Western World Shipwreck

 

     
     
 
New Jersey Beach Diver ebook
The Scuba Diver's guide to New Jersey Beach Diving.

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New Jersey Beach Diver, The Diver's Guide to New Jersey Beach Diving Sites is the most comprehensive, accurate illustrated collection of information, photographs, sketches and stories ever written about beach diving off New Jersey's coast. This exciting new ebook contains everything divers need to know about exploring over 34 dive sites, including 25 shipwrecks as well as jetties, inlets and bottle dives. This book is packed with accurate information pertaining to car directions, dive site conditions and historical information. New Jersey Beach Diver contains over 100 illustrations with 60 color photographs, 21 black & white historical images, and 20 triangulation sketches plus one map. After reading New Jersey Beach Diver, divers will not only have had a nostalgic glimpse into the history of many beach accessible shipwrecks, but will know where to go to catch lobsters and where the best bottle dive site are located. New Jersey Beach Diver contains a wealth of information complied by Daniel Berg and Denise Berg, Howard Rothweiler and Bill Davis. New Jersey Beach Diver is sure to complement the library of divers, fisherman, marine historians, armchair sailors or anyone with a general interest in history, diving or the sea

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Please note that this web site is based on the New Jersey Beach 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 New Jersey's excellent beach diving.

DIVING TIPS

Over the years local beach 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

New Jersey beach scuba dive for old bottles and portholesA non-diver who comes along for the trip will not only be able to help divers with equipment, but should be informed about the complete dive plan and plan of action if divers do not return on schedule. This beach buddy also should be well informed on all of the diver OK and distress signals.

On remote beaches, a hand-held marine radio or CB will be very useful in the 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 find the crevices of every piece of equipment such as wet suits, regulators, 0 rings, etc. To reduce the amount of sand in your gear, either suit up in the car or bring a large plastic tarp to stand on. Another good idea is to bring a bucket and fill it with water before the dive. This way, after finishing your dive, sand can be removed from your feet by stepping into the bucket before stepping back onto the tarp or into your car.

Some wet suits, especially rented ones are often very difficult to get into. One trick

is 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. Reusable 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, always 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 in on a reciprocal course which should bring them back to shore without ever having to surface for directions. Once practiced, this technique should become almost second nature while diving. Another helpful navigational aid is to count the number of kick cycles it takes to swim out. With this count divers then know the approximate number of kick cycles it will take to return to shore, but remember that the kick cycles do not compensate for any changes in 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 use a flashing 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 takes some practice, but after awhile you and your buddy will understand what is being said. We 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 that are easily recognizable 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 and the left side of a house. Whatever your land bearings or land ranges are, draw out a little map, and 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 us another technique he uses to locate a wreck. Dan recommends swimming out on the surface. The diver holds his dive flag which 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. Dan 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 their 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, 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. Mussels are often ignored by divers in search of dinner, but they shouldn't be, as they are very tasty. Mussels should be collected from mid-water where they are rinsed constantly by the tide and they will be clean and tender. Mussels clinging to poles near the surface in the sunlight will not be as tender, and 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

Rick Schwartz beach dive jugThis book has by no means listed every beach dive in New Jersey. We have listed all the sites which we have knowledge of. There are still miles and miles of unexplored waterfront along the Jersey shore.

The first thing to do when trying to locate a new dive site is to decide on your dive objectives. For example, if you are only interested in catching lobsters, you must look for either rocks, a wreck, a jetty, or some other obstruction where they are known to make their home. If your objective is 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 are 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. The first thing would be to get some old marine charts or maps. You will be amazed at how much information they contain. Look for dump sites, ferry piers, lighthouses, old lifesaving stations 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.

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 quite powerful and should not be underestimated.

At most sites divers will encounter a mild tidal current. This might not be to swift, but divers must 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 any current. This way, at the end of the dive, the current will assist the dive team in returning close to their entry point.

 

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 only 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, but 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 or 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 New Jersey 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, the visibility is usually not as good due to the outgoing, Ebbing Tide, which brings out any mud or debris from the inland waterways, especially after a heavy rain.

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.

 

 
   
 
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