Scuba Diving & Snorkeling
Florida is without a doubt one of the most popular places in the world to scuba dive and snorkel. Because of our popularity with divers, the Town is known as Florida’s Beach Diving Capital.
Unlike the Florida Keys, where the coral reefs are 5 miles offshore, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea’s coral reefs are just 100 yards off the beach.
The Town is also home to the SS Copenhagen, a British shipwreck and Florida Underwater Archaeological Preserve.
The Datura Avenue beach entrance is one of the most popular spots for divers and snorkelers in Broward County, and even has a tank rack for gear set up, and there is a Shipwreck Snorkel Trail off Datura in 10 feet of water.
Dive/Snorkel Area Guide Downloads
Beach Diving (4354 KB)
Anglin’s Pier Reef
Datura Avenue, just south of Anglin’s Fishing Pier in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, provides easy access to arguably the best shore diving and snorkeling in the country.
South of Anglin’s Pier, there are two unique spots beach divers can explore: Shipwreck Snorkel Trail: Dedicated in 2002 by explorer Jean-Michele Cousteau, the site was built by the Marine Archaeological Council to promote Broward County’s rich maritime heritage. The trail has an anchor, five concrete cannons and a ballast pile.
The Town is home to SS Copenhagen, a 19th Century British steamship that wrecked in May 1900, less than a mile offshore in 25 feet of water. Florida designated the wreck as an Underwater Archaeological Preserve in 1994. With an estimated 10,000 annual visitors, SS Copenhagen is the most popular underwater preserve in Florida. The site was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2001. Underwater wreck maps are available at our two dive shops, Town Hall and at the Chamber of Commerce.
The Town’s three dive shops
AQUI Water Sport, Gold Coast Scuba and Deep Blue Divers offer equipment rentals and dive certification classes.
Florida Lobster Mini Season in LBTS
To celebrate Florida’s lobster mini-season, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea annually sponsors BugFest-By-The-Sea in July, when scuba divers can win thousands in cash and prizes. Featuring the Great Florida Bug Hunt Contest, a mini-season kickoff party, lobster chef competition, and reef clean-up, there’s plenty of opportunities for divers to get wet!