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United States of Scuba: Diving the Country We Love
Manatee at Kings Bay, Florida
From sea to shining sea, manatees are just one reason Scuba Diving magazine loves diving in the U.S.A.
Diving National Parks
Did you know almost all of our 61 National Park Service areas not only allow but encourage diving? See your natural heritage in a whole new light: A diving guide and lots of fun photos are available at nps.gov/submerged.
The Florida Keys
The Conch Republic was officially declared in 1982, but Key West and the Florida Keys have been going their own way for a heck of a lot longer — a frontier spirit and anything-goes attitude is still prized here. It’s also America’s first-recognized dive treasure — a movement to protect Key Largo’s reefs started in the 1930s, and the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park was the first underwater park in the U.S. The Keys today are catnip to wreck divers: The Florida Keys Shipwreck Heritage Trail comprises a dozen ships from Key Largo to Key West.
Bonne Terre Mine
An abandoned lead mine in Bonne Terre, Missouri, has become a gold mine for divers from around the world who are looking for something unique. The sunken mine has plenty of submerged ore carts, scaffolding, staircases and elevator shafts to navigate, inspiring the adventurous explorer spirit within every diver.
Every sport has its hallowed halls; diving is no different. From the Florida Keys History of Diving Museum in Islamorada, Fla. (the world’s largest collection of helmets) to the Lockwood Pioneer Scuba Diving Museum in Lowes Park, Ill. (Lake Michigan wrecks and more) to the International Legends of Diving Museum at Portage Quarry, Ohio (annual Legends of Diving Festival Aug. 10 to 11) and the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum of Paradise, Mich. (everything you ever wanted to know about the Edmund Fitzgerald, plus an annual fish boil Sept. 1), each museum celebrates not only the sport as a whole but the special characteristics of diving in its home region.
Our territorial waters are blessed with a wide, exciting and often surprising variety of sharks. From the lemons, Caribbean reef, bulls and blacktips of Florida to the sand tigers of North Carolina, the blues and makos of the Northeast, the leopards, sevengills and great whites of California, and the whale sharks, hammerheads, tigers and blacktips of Hawaii — we’ve got apex-predator action from sea to shining sea.
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