JONES BEACH JETTY
Beach, Nassau County)
jetty at Jones Beach is located in a state park and therefore cannot
be reached from shore. The only
legal way to dive this jetty is by boat. For those
who have a boat, I
will give three suggestions: 1) Plan your dive at slack tide.
2) Pick a
calm day. 3) Bring a spotter experienced in handling your boat.
Getting here is
only half the fun. The currents that whip through Jones Inlet can
be, to say the very least, extremely strong. Only experienced divers
to dive here, and even then only at slack tide.
According to my
old friend and dive partner, Rick Schwarz, this is one of the
dives on the Island. Both day and night dives on the jetty are very
productive. Lobsters and many other types of marine life are
can sometimes see schools of baitfish glide by or
observe a small skate or sand
exploring the jetty.
Plan to dive the
east, or beach side of the jetty. This side is sheltered from most
the inlet's currents, but as divers approach the point, they will
definitely feel the current's force increasing. Do not dive on the
inlet side unless you are at full
slack, and even
then, make sure your exit is planned before the tide turns and its'
force increases. Remember that it's not a lot of fun to be carried
out to sea or
even into the bay. As with other current dives,
knowledge of how tides and
currents work is
invaluable and should not be overlooked.
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