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Diving in Bermuda

Scuba Diving, enjoy activities like this while working in Bermuda!While there is truly an abundance of activities available for your enjoyment in Bermuda, one of the most interesting is exploring what lies below the water around the Island.  Scuba diving and snorkeling continue to be favorite past times amongst Bermuda's residents.  The sport is one that many expatriates enjoy.

Diving in Bermuda is either a seasonal or year-round activity... depending on who you ask!  The water temperatures in Bermuda generally average a comfortable 82 F (28C) in the summer months, but dip to roughly 67 F (19C) in the "winter" months (the lowest temperatures in winter are around 60F (15C).  For Canadians used to swimming in our Northern lakes, the winter ocean temperatures will likely still seem quite pleasant!

The roughly 200 square miles of reef surrounding Bermuda are the most northern coral reefs in the Atlantic Ocean.  The reefs are very healthy and the marine life is actually very similar to what’s found in many Caribbean locations to the South.  This is due to the Gulf Stream warming and nourishing the waters around Bermuda.  The clarity is remarkable with visibility ranging from 100 ft in summer to nearly 200 ft in the winter months.

The Shipwreck Capital of the Atlantic
In addition to the abundance of natural coral reefs, the large number of ship wreck sites surrounding the Island make Bermuda a spectacular diving location.  Since the first wreck of The Sea Venture in 1609 there have been approximately 400 shipwrecks in the waters around Bermuda - no wonder many have heard stories about the Bermuda Triangle!

These sites provide a vast number of choices for the avid wreck diver but some of the more popular wrecks include: The Marie Celeste - a large paddle steamer that struck a reef while smuggling guns and supplies during the American Civil War, The Hermes - a nearly fully intact freighter that was deliberately sunk off the South Shore in 1984, The Cristobal Colon - the largest shipwreck in Bermuda, wrecked in 1936 after crashing into a coral reef, and The Constellation a schooner that was used in the film "The Deep".  Many of the wreck dive sites are fairly shallow, ranging from 30-60 feet though some are much deeper.

Just getting started or need some new gear?
There are several local Dive Operations on the Island that can assist you with equipment and getting acquainted with Bermuda's dive spots.  Lessons and PADI training/testing is also readily available in Bermuda.  There's even a Helmet Diving operation that allows those who wouldn't normally dive or snorkel to get involved and enjoy exploring Bermuda's waters.

With all there is to see underwater you may have a hard time spending any spare time on dry land!  The unique waters of Bermuda offer something for everyone and remain a top attraction for those interested in living and working in Bermuda.

 


Author: Jason Squires

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