Location: Blue Heron Bridge: Phil Foster Park, Riviera Beach
Depth Range: 5-20'
Skill Level: Open Water or Snorkeler
Tide Table: Blue Heron Bridge 2017 Tide Tables
One of the premiere shore diving locations in all of South Florida is on the Intracoastal Waterway just inside of the Lake Worth Inlet called the Blue Heron Bridge. This site is located inside Phil Foster Park and is just past the Force-E Riviera location. Our staff dives the bridge daily, and our Blue Heron Bridge map is printed up for you to grab for free from the store. Divers should be aware of the tide table to dive this site. The best time to dive the bridge is between an hour before and after high tide. Depths at this site range from about 5 to 20 feet, which makes it ideal for new divers, photographers, and snorkelers.
Anyone in the water diving or snorkeling, must have a dive flag to mark their location. There are lifeguards on duty and they are watching the swim-only areas, but can be available if needed. There is a designated snorkel trail, which has rock formations, reef balls, mini wrecks and statues of hammerhead sharks for all to enjoy. You might hear people say to dive the West bridge or the East bridge, both sides are excellent. The West bridge is the taller bridge and there are columns that have lots of growth on them which attracts tropical fish life, especially angelfish.
Also on the west, is the Red Wall, this wall is the last column before the boat channel and it full of red and pink sponges so be on the look out for critters hiding in this area. Please do not dive in the marked boat channel areas, refer to the map for these locations. On the East bridge, which heads into Singer Island, divers can enjoy under this bridge the submerged sailboat full of life and the resident school of spadefish.
Rated the #1 Shore Dive in America…Diving the Blue Heron Bridge is a macro photographer’s dream! There are seahorses, octopus, pipefish, frogfish, batfish, nudibranchs and other rare and exotic species of sea life you won’t find out on the reef. But don’t rule out the rare sightings of manatees, spotted eagle rays, manta ray, nurse shark, green sea turtles, or Goliath Grouper that locals have encountered at this site. We offer Private Dive Guides by our professional staff to show you the beauty of this site. Hiring one of our guides will help you navigate the best parts of this site and they often know where all the neat critters hang out. *Contact Force-E Riviera to book your dive guide
The park is open for diving after sunrise and before sunset. Be aware of the posted times for the public to use the park, anyone in the park past 10 pm may get a ticket. Individuals cannot dive at the park at night without a permit. Force-E's FREE Blue Heron Bridge night dives are held every 2 weeks. Force-E has a permit with the park to allow divers in after posted hours, but you must sign in with Force-E before you go and get a parking permit. Also at night, all divers must have their own dive light and their dive flag must be lit with a glow stick or dive beacon.
Please make sure you understand all the diving guidelines before diving at the bridge either day or night.
In the park, there are bathrooms and showers, and picnic tables and BBQ areas for public use. Parking is free, be aware of the boat trailing parking area because vehicles will be ticketed if parked in these spaces. Get there early, especially on the weekends, spaces fill up quickly. Lock up personal items and don’t leave anything outside of your vehicle. There is a fishing pier and we advise anyone wanting to fish to get a fishing permit. Please note there is no spearfishing or lobstering allowed at the bridge. We also advise no take of the creatures from this site in order to preserve this wonderful gem. To dive this site, contact Force-E Riviera Beach for more information.
CAUTION: Do not swim too far to the west into the boat channel. Don't go west of the fourth set of bridge columns. Be considerate to fisherman on the old bridge.