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Diving the Bermuda Deep
What it Takes
Advanced or technical diving in Bermuda has to be arranged well in advance by contacting local operators, and providing appropriate certification and background information. These types of trips are not regularly scheduled.
You’ll have to plan to work with the operator to plan your expedition safely and guarantee your reservation. Sites are weather dependent, so be prepared to be flexible. There are few instructors who are able to offer technical training and support, therefore reservations will need to be arranged many months prior to your visit.
Tec Diving in Bermuda
Enrolling in a technical-diving class is one way to experience Bermuda’s rarely dived locations. Deeper dives are generally conducted on the sheer walls around the margin of the Bermuda Bank. Bermuda sits atop a large platform, so these dives are generally farther offshore than dives in recreational depths.
The ultimate tec dive in Bermuda is a visit to Argus Tower, some 35 miles southwest of the island. The peak of this volcanic seamount is reached at 192 feet; on it lie the remains of a submarine communications tower. With swarms of fish, including some large pelagics, this spot also attracts fishing boats seeking a prized catch.
Bermuda also has a very active scientific-diving community that is increasing its efforts on the front lines of the lionfish invasion. Researchers and technical divers have discovered a robust breeding population in the matrix of corals in the 200-foot range. Scientific and research organizations say they will appeal to qualified divers to aid in research and trapping.
Need to Know
You can dive year-round in Bermuda, but the most active season is May to October. Daily dive charters are available during the high season, but check ahead for scheduling. Water temperatures range between 65 degrees F in the winter and 82 in the summer, with visibility from 60 to 150 feet. Late-summer visibility is the lowest of the year.
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