When it comes to scuba diving, Alabama has some great options for diving sites. The Whiskey Wreck and the Lulu are just two of Alabama’s best diving sites. There are many more options to choose from for divers of all skill levels. Some dive sites may have restricted access, or may require a diver be scuba certified in Alabama to dive at that location. Always make sure you check site-specific requirements and availability before planning any dive.
Scuba Diving Requirements in Alabama
In Alabama, you are not required to be scuba certified in order to go diving. However, getting certified is highly recommended for your own safety and for the safety of those diving with you. Most companies that offer scuba diving lessons and charters require their divers to be certified. Or at least be required to dive with one of their professional, certified divers.
There are a few other requirements for both people going scuba diving and those operating vessels around divers:
- Use a square dive flag that is at least 12 inches or 300 m
- Use a dive flag that is red with a 2 inch, white diagonal stripe running from the top to the bottom
- Divers are required to stay within 50 feet of their dive flag
- Boaters and other vessels are required to stay at least 100 feet from a dive flag
Get Your Scuba Certification in Alabama
Becoming a certified diver can help you stay safe and have a great time while diving in Alabama. Keep in mind that some companies may even require you to be certified before taking you to certain dive sites. Be sure to visit our scuba directory to find a local business that can help you get your certification so you can dive at all of the great locations around Alabama!