Top 10 USA National Park Dives
Brett Seymour is the Deputy Chief of the US National Park Service’s (NPS) Submerged Resources Center (SRC) based in Denver, Colorado. Formally known as the Submerged Cultural Resources Unit (or SCRU team), the SRC supports the protection, preservation, public access, and interpretation of submerged resources, both in the US and internationally.
His work with the Service has provided underwater access to some of the United States most captivating national parks. In addition to making a whole new dimension of the Park system available to the public, for past two decades Brett has specialised in documenting historically significant underwater sites around the world.
Here are his Top 10 recommendations for diving right on your doorstep in America.
2. Dry Tortugas National Park
A snapshot of what the Caribbean / Gulf of Mexico Reef system was 40-50 years ago. A bit remote, 70 miles from Key West, FL. No diving infrastructure on island, but live aboards are available.
3. Grand Teton National Park
A bit off the beaten path. Cold diving, submerged forest in Jenny Lake, good place for ice diving. There is diving support in Jackson, WY – Teton Aquatics.
Grand Teton / Biscayne
5. Isle Royale National Park
Shipwrecks, shipwrecks, shipwrecks. Some of the most intact, non-invasive covered (zebra or quagga mussels) shipwrecks in the Great Lakes (Lake Superior). Some dive charters are available. There is no diving infrastructure on island.
Virgin Islands / American Samoa
7. American Park Of American Samoa
Even further off the beaten path. Amazing intact reef within the National Park. There is limited diving support on the island (charters) but some exist.
8. Buck Island Reef National Monument
Good coral diving, warm, clear water. Amazing “haystack” feature of massive coral growths over the years. Diving infrastructure is available on the island.
10. Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Know for its B-29, which a great dive. The site is subject to park closures for impact monitoring, so dependent. Also has a PBY Catalina and an underwater construction facility associated with Hoover Dam. Diving support can be found in Las Vegas.