South Eleuthera Scuba Diving Conditions and Forecast: April 2015

A younger tiger shark, slender but still large. PHOTO CREDIT: Ocean Fox Cotton Bay.
A younger tiger shark, slender but still large. PHOTO CREDIT: Ocean Fox Cotton Bay.

[dropcap]A[/dropcap]pril’s currents and weather pattern bring warmer water to South Eleuthera. The water temperature will rise from March’s 74-75 °F to 76-78 °F by the end of the month. Four or five degrees may not sound like much, but does make a difference. Along with the warmer currents come a diving favorite around the month of April, sea turtles. Huge old loggerheads become regular sightings especially on the wall dives. April is also a good month for a chance to see some of the larger pelagic sharks such as hammerheads, tigers and oceanic white tips in south Eleuthera. The visibility is excellent, typically in excess of 100-feet.

SAFETY TIP FOR APRIL:  Lung over expansion occurs during ascent if you hold your breath with declining hydrostatic pressure and expanding gas will almost always cause lung over expansion. Thus the “golden rule” of scuba, never hold your breath, especially when ascending.

FUN TIP FOR APRIL: Review coral formations on our library tab on the website and see who can identify the most coral formations while diving.

DIVER TIP FOR APRIL:  Too long a surface interval is not good for your health, dive early and dive often.

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