Dive Sites • Panama City Diving
Dive Sites • Panama City Diving
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Dive Sites

Our trips go to different shipwrecks and artificial reefs like bridge spans. Most operators classify sites as inshore or offshore. Generally speaking  “Inshore trips” are suitable for basic Openwater divers while “Offshore trips” require Advanced Certification.

We are actively involved in expanding the number of diveable sites in our waters and are very proud of the work we with Panama City Dive Center and Honda Marine did to select the site, ready the ship and sink the El Dorado shipwreck… our newest artificial reef. She is resting upright immediately next to DuPont Span 3 in 105′.

We Maintain a copy of Public Dive Sites ready for Download to a Garmin GPS at the shop.
Panama City Diving Shop Dive Sites


Normal inshore trips are to the Black Bart and Span 14 or the Strength, Red Sea or one of the Spans (1, 2, 12) in their vicinity.


PCMI Barge
Stage 2
Long Beach Barge


The Black Bart

PCMI Barge
Stage 2
Long Beach Barge


The Black Bart (below)


Davis Reef
Warsaw Hole (limestone reef)


Smith Barge
Holland Barge
Dan Safety Barge
B&B Barge
Navy Trash Pile


LOS Pontoon
Bridge Span 12
USS Strength (below)




Oleander Reef
Heaven Reef
Bridge Span 5 (Original Hathaway Bridge)


Bridge Span 6

South West

Tarpon (below)


Stage 1
Bridge Spans 7-10
Grey Ghost (considered an extended offshore trip)



DuPont Bridge Spans
The 144' long casino ship "El Dorado" shortly before sinking.

Mac Reef
Chippewa (below)


BJ Putnam
Bridge Span 3
Bridge Span 13

Technical Dives

3 to 5s Reef 120-160fsw
Birmingham Queen 150fsw
USCG Zennia 220fsw
USS Ozark 330fsw

Shorebased Diving

There are several spots that a diver can walk into from land in the Panama City area, primarily area Springs. Florida’s geology as gifted several parts of the state with numerous freshwater springs where gin clear water comes from limestone caverns and joins local streams and rivers. While some of the springs are in private hands and not readily accessible to divers several are. The two most popular are Vortex springs (private) and Morrison Springs (park).


These springs are perfect places for divers to take open water classes in pool like conditions and bone up on dive skills if they have been out of the water awhile. Depths are very shallow around the spring but slowly run deeper as you approach the mouth of the caverns.

There are also wooden platforms at the springs which make them great for class practice sessions. Obviously only trained cavern and cave divers should attempt to dive inside the caverns and deeper into the caves. There are quite a few other Springs in the area for the more intrepid diver where arrowheads and spearpoints and pottery are commonly found. Econfina, Cypress, Pitt and Gainer springs just to name a few.

There is also on shore dive available to check out the marine life in the Gulf of Mexico. The Saint Andrews State Park in the East end of Panama City’s Beaches has a long set of rock jetties. The jetties are best dove on a peak high tide as the incoming Gulf water is clearer than the Bay Water and the time between rising and falling tides is key due to possible strong currents from the incoming/outgoing water. Many species of snapper, grouper (including goliath), spade fish, angel fish, flounder, red fish and baitfish are commonly seen. Depths are less than 10′ on the kiddie pool side and slope as deep as 60′ once you cross over the rocks. Dive flags are the law and for your own safety as many boaters travel through the pass. There is also a convenience store in the park. It used to offer basic dive services but no longer does so come prepared!