Central New York
The Best Freshwater Scuba
Diving On The Planet
you say. How could that be true? We've never heard of such a silly thing. Well, it's true and if you read this page we'll prove it. By sheer
accident the history, geography, geology and biology of Northern New York have
produced a vast underwater park that is unequaled. Since people can't see it,
they don't know about it. Unless you're a Scuba diver you would never have
experienced it. And, unless you have been a Scuba diver in the last
you wouldn't have seen it like it is today.
To understand how these amazing natural phenomenon have
impacted CNY sport diving playground you need to know what diver's consider
important. All divers, worldwide, seek the same things on every underwater
outing. Whether it's the Caribbean, the South Pacific, the Red Sea or the St.
Lawrence River, the search is identical. The chart below shows where local
waters meet their expectations.
What Diver's Want and How We
Until 1989 the horizontal underwater visibility
in New York lakes and rivers averaged 12-15 feet. Then the Zebra Mussel
appeared on the scene. The divers world went from night to day. These little
critters each filter a liter of water a day. The result can be amazing
visibility, some days up to a hundred feet. That's better than the Bahamas and
far better than the average 50-foot found in the Florida Keys.
Warm Water: We
don't have any, but we have great wet and dry suits that allow hours of play in
the water. Actually, our water temperatures are not as bad as you might
imagine. Local waters average 68 degrees F from June 25 until mid October, the
Caribbean's only 78 degrees.
Wrecks To Explore: Other than the thousands of wrecks that
century's of sailing in the Mediterranean and the trade routes to and from
China, we may be next in line. There is an incredible diversity to the
well-preserved wrecks under our state waters. Why? The St. Lawrence River and
the Great Lakes were the first navigable waterways in the New World. Since
about 60% of all boats sink, 450 years leaves a lot of artifacts to find and
wrecks to explore. The 8000 years of Native Americans living along our lakes
and rivers left their mark as well.
History and Artifacts: In addition to the extensive use of
waterways for trade and transportation West, there were also 3 wars: the
American Revolution, the French and Indian War and the War of 1812. Numerous
navel battles left vast amounts of war implements and ships on the bottom. New
divers are finding new sites all the time.
Lots of Marine Life: New York State is internationally known for
great fish stocks. The same diverse schools are a delight to watch and/or
Treasure: Wherever you have wrecks, you have the potential of
treasure. Local divers are always hunting for wrecks that had valuables
on-board. A Revolutionary British Paymaster ship went down off Oswego with $8
million in bullion aboard. Some day, some lucky diver will strike it rich.
Infrastructure: Central New York and the North Country are
blessed with resorts and restaurants for the traveling diver. Larger cities
have large-well stocked dive center's to cater to any diver's needs. As the
word gets out, the smaller towns near the best dive sites will see dive centers
New York State Diving Mecca’s include:
The Finger Lakes, Alexandria Bay, Clayton, Lake George, Lake Ontario, Lake
Champlain, Kingston, Ontario, Tobermory, Canada.