Dive Sites in Pompano, Florida

The following are typical sites copenhagen we visit when we take trips to Pompano. We've included depth, what certification is required and if we dive there for different certifications. Sherry Torode, a dive operator, said all reef dives are drift except the Nursery, and all wreck dives are anchored. Dives are subject to change depending on the weather.

Nursery

The Nursery is named after the multitude of nurse sharks that inhabit this reef. “It's stable for students because it's moored, anchored,” Torode said. “There is also a lot of sea life.” The sharks are a friendly species and are used to divers who frequent the site. The Nursery has been featured on Wild Things, Adventure Crazy, Dateline NBC, CNN and National Geographic. Torode said after divers get certified, many get photography specializations and request this site because of the sea life and the long bottom time. Here is a first-hand account by a new diver.

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Copenhagen

On May 26, 1900, the SS Copenhagen, a 325-foot coal freighter traveling from Philadelphia to Havana, ran aground off the shores of Pompano Beach.The ship was unsalvageable, but 4,940 tons of coal were saved. The Copenhagen remained partially above the water until WWII naval fighter pilots used it for target practice. “It's probably one of the only wrecks we can get to in 25 feet of water,” Torode said. The Copenhagen was declared a State Underwater Archaeological Preserve in 1994.

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Sanctuary

Though not an official sanctuary, a few of the dive operators in the area agreed not to put hunters in this here to keep it as pristine as possible. The relief on the southern end is not as prominent as the northern end, which is covered in soft corals and marine life.

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Horseshoe

The Horseshoe is named after three horseshoe-shaped entrances to the reef. Marine life includes grouper, small barracuda, snapper, Moray eels, trumpet fish, and spotted drums.

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Lighthouse Ledge

Everyone appreciates this dive on rough days because it is close to the Inlet. There is an abundance of marine life, with large, soft corals adorning the northern hook in the reef.

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Ancient Mariner

The Ancient Mariner is the former USCG Cutter “Nemesis” that was decommissioned and turned into a floating restaurant in Ft. Lauderdale. It was sunk as an artificial reef in 1991 when the restaurant closed after having the largest outbreak of food poisoning in the history of Ft. Lauderdale. The Mariner is close to a natural reef, which creates an abundance of marine life, including great barracudas and a large Moray eel.

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More Pompano Sites

The information for the above dive sites came from Sherry Torode of South Florida Diving Headquarters and their Web site South Florida Diving.

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