Blue Heron Bridge Distinctive Specialty with Jupiter Dive Center
Date: This course is offered throughout the year!
Course fees: $299
Octopuses. Batfishes. Spotted eagle rays. Frog fishes. Seahorses. Flying gurnards. Seeing any one of these marine animals on a dive would be an exciting sight. Now imagine encountering them all in one dive. Welcome to Blue Heron Bridge!
What to Expect
The Blue Heron Bridge dive site at Phil Foster Park was named the best dive site in the world(!) in PADI’s Sport Diver magazine in 2013, and since then, it’s only become more popular. Shallow water means plenty of bottom time to explore the site. The diversity of marine life will keep you coming back.
The Bridge, as it’s known to locals, is the premiere shore dive site for underwater photographers, and is a great destination to see marine life not commonly found elsewhere. In addition to the local residents, you never know when a manatee or hammerhead decides to cruise through—again! Topside, the park has easy accessibility, parking, restrooms, showers, and picnic tables. Because of its protected location, it is a great choice when conditions are rough further at sea. This also means it can occasionally get crowded, and since dive times are tide-dependent, it is advised divers arrive early—especially during the summer. But seeing that seahorse, octopus, or any number of amazing animals makes it all worthwhile!
In this distinctive course you’ll learn how to: properly setup your gear for a shore dive and how to safely enter and exit the site; fine-tune your underwater navigational and buoyancy skills; find and identify commonly found fish and marine animals native to the area; learn the importance and use of a dive flag and reel; understand the local laws that govern diving the bridge; how to determine the best times to dive; and how you can become a steward to protect the safety of the site and its inhabitants.
After registering for the class at Jupiter Dive Center, students will meet their instructor at the shop to complete the coursework. Then it’s over to Blue Heron Bridge in Phil Foster Park to complete two open water dives accompanied by your instructor. These shore dives are tide-dependent and the dive times will vary depending on the specific day. What will you see? At Blue Heron Bridge, the possibilities are incredible!
What Do You Need?
Students must possess a basic scuba certification to take this specialty course. The open water dives will be at Blue Heron Bridge and each diver must have their own dive computer. Enriched Air certification is recommended, but not required. Specialty equipment required for this course include a dive flag with reel, mesh bag or available pocket for trash, underwater slate, extra small weights to finetune trim, a drybox for car keys, and an underwater compass.
- The Blue Heron Bridge Distinctive Specialty course is available throughout the year!
- Students meet at Jupiter Dive Center at 10:30 a.m. for instruction and will complete two shore dives at Blue Heron Bridge (time is determined by tide)
- Divers must present their scuba diving certification card at check-in
- All divers must have a dive computer and this course requires each student to have a dive flag with reel, mesh bag or available pocket for trash, underwater slate, extra small weights for buoyancy considerations, a drybox for car keys, and an underwater compass
- Need tanks or equipment? Jupiter Dive Center has tanks and basic gear for rent, and specialized gear for purchase
- This course requires a minimum of two students—or you can schedule this class “your way” for an additional $100 fee
- Book now by calling (561) 745-7807 or click here!
Your Next Adventure
Once you complete your Blue Heron Bridge Distinctive Specialty course certification, you may be interested in a Fish Identification course! Click here for more information.