Does Arizona have good spots to go scuba diving?
You might be surprised to learn that Arizona has some great spots for scuba diving. Whether you’re looking for a place with large schools of fish, or just want to explore the kelp forests on the coast, there is something for everyone.
Moreover, because Arizona has such a wide range of water temperatures (from 60-80 degrees), it can make it easier to dive year-round! Read on if you’re interested in finding out more about where these places are and what they offer. Also take a look at Arizona diving laws before you take your trip out, just to be sure there’s nothing on the legal side of things that you need to be aware of.
1. Lake Pleasant
Address: Lake Pleasant, Regional Park, Morristown, AZ 85342
This largely visited freshwater shore accessible dive site has a maximum depth of 170ft so, is best suited for more advanced, well experienced divers. Bass and catfish are amongst the sea life often spotted here.
Aside from diving, this site gives you the opportunity to swim, fish, hike and go sailing around in a boat. But if you fancy relaxing, this place is also the perfect spot to camp and have a picnic.
2. Lake Powell Antelope Point
Address: Page, AZ 86040
This freshwater dive site is unique as it’s a cliff dive. This means that you can have several dives all with varying levels of difficulty and depth. The maximum depth is 150ft to start with so it’s safe to say this can be a fun challenging dive.
3. Parker Canyon Lake
Address: Sonoita, AZ
This site is perfect if you want a dive with a view thanks to the mountains its surrounded by. With a maximum depth of 81-90ft, this freshwater shore accessible diving site isn’t too challenging compared to some.
Home to both cold and warm water species, this lake has a lot to see. If you want to buy some equipment, rent a boat or buy a fishing licence, the shop nearby is perfect for that.
4. Ring Bolt Rapids
Address: 1047 Highway 95, Suite 6, Bullhead City, AZ 86442
This freshwater dive site is only accessible by boat and has a maximum depth of 81-90ft. This site’s history is very interesting as it was only flooded when a dam was built. You might see some sea life here, but the water flow is very strong so it’s not the best site for beginners despite its fairly shallow depth.
5. Beismeyer Point
Address: Peoria, AZ, 85383
What an interesting, shore-accessible freshwater dive site this is! It has a maximum depth of 150ft but at the 55-60ft mark there is a Christmas tree reef. Various sea life has been spotted at this site including catfish. This site comprises of clay and mud.
6. Lake Mohave
Address: Mohave Recreation Area, Bullhead City, AZ 86442
This freshwater shore (and boat) accessible dive site is home to plenty of sea life. The maximum depth is 121-130ft great for the more advanced divers. Parts of a town is submerged under the water at this site giving you the opportunity to explore lots of hidden underwater places.
7. Paragon Scuba Academy
Address: 7454 E Broadway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85710
This diving academy is the perfect diving location for complete beginners. Their array of courses will give you the skills to scuba dive confidently wherever you want. The course starts off by teaching you theory, then you get the opportunity to go diving in a pool and once you have progressed enough, they teach you how to dive safely in open waters.
The academy also sells and rents scuba diving equipment.
8. Davis Wash
Address: Apache Lake, AZ
This is a freshwater shore-accessible dive site that comprises of lots of clay and mud. This can make it hard to see any sea life. However, this site would be best suited being used for training purposes as the maximum depth is only 41-50ft.
9. Senator Wash Reservoir
Address: Yuma, AZ
If you are looking for a good place to train or are a complete beginner in open water diving this site is for you. With a maximum depth of 26-30ft, this rocky freshwater dive site doesn’t have much sea life swimming around.
10. Salt River
Address:Power Road, Mesa, AZ
This very shallow freshwater shore-accessible dive site has a maximum depth of 16-20ft. You may see some sea life here, but this spot is only really beneficial to beginner divers who just want to get a feel of what it’s like diving in open water.