Pompano Beach, Florida, is home to one of the most easily accessible major dive sites in the nation with the July 23, 2016 sinking of the Lady Luck, a 324-foot tanker, just East of our fishing pier and only one mile offshore. A ten-minute boat ride and you’re in the water to explore one of the most interesting ships you’ll find anywhere!
As long as a football field, this tanker is one of the largest contributions to Florida’s artificial reef system, surrounded by 16 existing wrecks already covered with marine life that make up Shipwreck Park. She is a fantastic dive with 18 intriguing staterooms, captain’s deck, engine room and several holding tanks. She sits in 120 feet of water, with her stack about 50 feet from the surface.
Lady Luck will be home to perpetual underwater art exhibits that start with her deck being turned into a whimsical underwater interactive faux casino, complete with craps-dealing octopus, gigantic cascading dice, faux slot machines and hustling card sharks. Imagine the photo opportunities!
Lady Luck is the first artificial reef contribution by the new non-profit Shipwreck Park foundation. This public/private endeavor was initially funded by the City of Pompano Beach and the Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park, and there are many other sponsorship and donor opportunities.
Pompano Beach is truly “nature’s aquarium” with some of the best diving and snorkeling in the nation. The Gulf Stream comes closer to shore here than anywhere in the U.S., providing some of the clearest and warmest water anywhere. Beach Vacation Rentals’ properties are host to divers who come from around the world to enjoy a spectacular experience. Ask us about our dive packages.
A three-tier reef system offers variety in depth for every diver’s experience level, and is within a short swim offshore. Unique to most dive areas, in Pompano Beach you don’t have to take a boat to reach the reefs for diving or snorkeling. But it’s the dive operators who can take you for a short boat ride to the most beautiful reefs and the best of the 100+ shipwrecks and dive sites in South Florida offshore. The dive and snorkel boats in Pompano Beach are located right on Intracoastal Waterway just North of Atlantic Blvd., so it’s just a few minutes to the ocean inlet and out to the reefs, and that means more time for you under water!
The snorkel/dive boats typically go out two to three times a day year round. South Florida Diving Headquarters, a well-respected, long-time local operator, will pick you up and drop you off for free from our Beach Vacation Rentals properties.
Plan to stay more than just a few days, because with over 200 wrecks off of Pompano Beach and Greater Fort Lauderdale (check them out at SinkFloridaSink.com) you won’t want to cut yourself short of this diver’s paradise.
POMPANO BEACH DIVE SHOPS AND OPERATORS:
Deep Relief, 15 N. Federal Hwy, Pompano Beach, FL 33062
Force-E Scuba, 1312 N Federal Hwy, Pompano Beach, FL 33062, 954-943-3483, https://www.force-e.com/pompano-beach-dive-center/
Pompano Dive Center, 101 N Riverside Dr. #111, Pompano Beach, FL 33062, 954-788-0208, www.pompanodive.com
Scubatyme Charters, 101 N Riverside Dr., Slip 44, Pompano Beach, FL 33062, 954-786-0909, http://www.scubatyme.com
South Florida Diving Headquarters, 125 N Riverside Dr., Pompano Beach, FL 33062, 954-783-2299, http://www.southfloridadiving.com/pompano-beach/
OTHER NEARBY DIVE SHOPS AND OPERATORS:
Dixie Divers, 455 S Federal Hwy, Deerfield Beach, FL 33441, 954-420-0009, www.dixiedivers.com
Gold Coast Scuba, 259 Commercial Blvd #2, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, FL 33308, 954-616-5909, http://www.goldcoastscuba.net/
Parrot Island Scuba Adventures, 954-942-7333, http://parrotislandscuba.com
Scuba Dive It, 976 S Deerfield Ave, Deerfield Beach, FL 33441 754-307-3459, http://www.scubadiveit.com/
Scuba Network, 959 S. Federal Hwy, Deerfield Beach, FL 33441 954-422-9982, www.scubanetwork.com
Sunstar Aquatic Services, 609 N Federal Hwy, Deerfield Beach, FL 33441, (561) 368-9952, http://www.diveboca.net/