GARVIES POINT MOORING New York Beach Diving Guide for scuba divers.
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GARVEYS POINT MOORING AREA

Sunset at Garvies Point. Courtesy Lou Schreiner.

 

 

 

 

 

DIRECTIONS:                                 (Glen Cove, Nassau County)

Take the Long Island Expressway to Exit 39 North, Glen Cove Road. Take this to the end where it changes names to Pratt Boulevard. Make a left on Glen Cove Avenue and the first right onto Charles Street. Take this to the end and make a left onto The Place Road, then make the second left onto McLoughlin Street. Drive to the end and park. Water access is obtained by walking through

the wild life preserve. I have not had any problems in the past, but as usual, I recommend that divers go in small groups and use common courtesy.

Note: The Publisher also offers a VHS video documentary about bottle diving at Garveys Point.

CONDITIONS:

Walk down the dirt path, then along the beach to the first small jetty. Most diving is done to the west of this jetty due to the mud and silt that is found to the east. After swimming out a short distance, divers should find some large rocks that lie parallel to the beach. There are usually a few lobsters here, so be sure to take a look. As you proceed out, the bottom will change from sand to hard mud, and then finally to soft mud. Just stay off the bottom and try not to murk up the water. You will then be sure to find all types of bottles. Many of these bottles date back to the late 1800's.

There is also a small wreck in the area. We named this small cabin boat, Perko, because all the brass recovered from the wreck had the manufacturer's name, Perko, stamped on it. This site is also used as a mooring area, so boat traffic

should be expected in season. Each team of divers should tow a diver's flag. This is the only way a boat captain can be expected to know that you're in the water. I usually try to dive here off-season or at night when the traffic isn't as heavy.

Back in the spring of 1984, 1 was diving here for bottles with Rick Schwarz, Billy Campbell and Steve Jonassen. We had tied our dive flag off and had been swimming in search patterns looking for bottles. On this day I was the last one in the water. During the last ten minutes of the dive I heard a powerboat overhead. I navigated back to our dive flag and then swam into the beach. When I came ashore, I learned that a police boat had been following my bubbles. I was nowhere near our flag and the officer on board wanted to give me a ticket for diving without a flag. His only problem was that after following me for 15 minutes, when I exited the water I was holding a dive flag. His next move was out of pure spite, as he proceeded to write me a ticket for "Diving In A Mooring Area." Since that day I have never had another problem at the site, but please be aware of the possibilities and always stay close to your flag.

Below: Divers with bottles recovered from Garvies Point. Photo courtesy Lou Schreiner.

 
 
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