Cape Coral Diving - Did you know that there are a network of artificial reefs and shipwrecks off the coast of Charlotte Harbor to Ft Myers Beach?
There are hundreds of natural and artificial reefs in Southwest Florida and over 20 larger artificial reefs maintained by Lee County.
The reefs are in various locations up to 30 miles offshore and are made from recycled, obsolete, and unused materials to make habitats that attract fish, which makes for some amazing diving as well as fishing.
In the 1960's, anglers sought to improve their fishing success by building reefs with such things as tires, cars, trucks, appliances, and construction materials.
These materials didn't last too long and improvements have been made since then, with permanence and the environment in mind, and proper overseeing of permits and compliance to codes and criteria.
materials include concrete culverts, the steel hulls of ships, school
buses, barges, bridge rubble, railroad hopper cars ..... and even old cell phone towers and construction cranes!
The first artificial reef was built in 1981, and the official reef program started in the early 1990's.
An average of 1,350 people use the artificial reefs ......... each and every day!
There are more Cape Coral diving opportunities, not only can you explore and fish from artificial reefs, but there are also several shipwrecks off the coast of Ft Myers:
If you like to dive, you may be interested in joining a Cape Coral diving club to get together with other divers and save money on group charters.
The Caloosa Dive Club formed in 1970 and meets at the Tony Rotino Center at the Cape Coral Yacht Club the first 3 Thursdays of the month.
They offer monthly dive charters, underwater photography and spearfishing contests, activities, lectures, trips, and dinners plus discounts at dive shops.
For more information, go to Lee Reefs, and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
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