Diving the St. Petersburg Area
While our local waters are not the crystalline, azure blues of the Florida Keys or the Caribbean the dive sites offshore of St. Petersburg and West Central Florida are varied and support a multitude of marine life. The St. Petersburg / Tampa area has an extensive, well-maintained artificial reef system. These artificial reefs consist of wrecks, bridge rubble, culverts and even some army tanks. The waters from St. Petersburg north to the Tarpon Springs area has more than 40 artificial reef sites ranging from 200 yards to 38 miles offshore. For more information, photos and video of the Pinellas County artificial reef program, please visit their website at:
Located offshore of Florida’s Gulf Coast are natural limestone ledges. These ledges are remnants of Florida’s pre-historic past when due to varying water levels Florida’s coastline was constantly changing. Many ledges have deep undercuts and can vary in height from a few inches to well over twelve feet. These ledges provide habitat for a wide variety of sea life. Florida’s Gulf Coast is world famous for spearfishing and is home to game fish such as, grouper, hogfish, snappers and amberjack. There is very little beach diving in the area, so most dive sites are only accessible by boat. At Jim’s Dive Shop, we do not have a charter boat but listed below are a few local charters that can get you to your Gulf Coast underwater adventure!

Be sure to visit our Youtube Channel to get a glimpse of some of the dive sites in our area.

727-798-1269
www.tanksalotdivecharters.com
Tanks-a-lot is located next to the Seminole public boat ramp at:
190 Seminole Street, Clearwater, FL 33755
813-385-2169
www.fishanddivetampa.com
2 Shea Charters is located at 198 Seminole St. in
Clearwater, Fl.
941-405-9689
www.reeldiversioncharters.com
Reel Diversion is located in the Bradenton / Sarasota
Florida. area.
727-934-6474
www.narcosisscuba.com
Narcosis is located at 
528 E. Tarpon Ave. Tarpon Springs, FL.

Penetration Charters

727-420-2992
Captain Jeff Longenecker
Located at Holiday Isle Marina
555 150th Ave.
Madeira Beach, Fl. 33708
kepi59@aol.com
941-321-0852
www.aristakatcharters.yolasite
Aristakat is located in Venice, Florida also known as "shark tooth capitalof the world". Captain Jamie specializes in trips to search for prehistoric fossils and sharks teeth.
941-798-3483
www.bluewaterexplorers.com
Trips leave from the Bradenton Beach Marina located on the water at the SW corner of the Cortez Bridge (Cortez Rd./S.R. 684) on Anna Maria Island/Bradenton Beach.