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Central New York

The Best Freshwater Scuba Diving On The Planet

             No way, 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 fifteen years 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 Measure Up

 1. Clear Water:  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.

 2. 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.

 3. 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.

 4. 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.

 5. 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 photograph

 6. 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.

  7. 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 springing up.

 8. Northern New York State Diving Mecca’s include: The Finger Lakes, Alexandria Bay, Clayton, Lake George, Lake Ontario, Lake Champlain, Kingston, Ontario, Tobermory, Canada.

Finger Lakes Scuba is a division of Coral Reef Dive Adventures, Inc.

Owned and operated by: Joan and Henry MacDonald.

Finger Lakes Scuba is a division of Coral Reef Dive Adventures.
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