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Beach 8th Street - Far Rockaway/Queens NY

Beach 8th Street is a shore accessible salt water dive site, located at Beach 8th street, Far Rockaway/Queens, NY 11691. This dive site has an average rating of 3.07 out of 5 from 15 scuba divers. The maximum depth is 51-60ft/16-18m. The average visibility is 11-15ft/3-5m. Training platforms are available.

A small dive site with beach access. There is a dive rope to decend to about 30 feet, and there are a few dive cages there. Horeshoe crabs, non-stinging jellyfish and the occasional tropical fish can be seen.

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thanos - 4/20/2023 7:11 PM
Hey, anyone going to Beach 8th anytime soon? Need to brush off the winter dust and get in the water lol.
vicmeister - 1/19/2021 1:59 PM
Looking for a dive buddy who knows the site pretty well. Around February 2021
Scubasammy - 1/15/2020 7:10 PM
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Scubasammy - 1/15/2020 7:08 PM
Hi john wen you reddy to dive call me you have my number or sent me a mess
JohnDiver123 - 7/29/2019 6:49 PM
Anyone up for an early weekday dive? Still learning the site.
seadp2001 - 7/30/2019 5:33 AM
Hi John. Glad you had a great dive. Learning the tides is easy. Download the Saltwater Tides app(ST2). Enter Mid Atlantic, New York, South Shore then east Rockaway inlet. Enter the diving date and the number of days. This dive is best at slack high tide. Depth at the west jetty is 43’. Stay in one spot for a while on the east jetty. Baby tropical should begin to appear. In the photos I took, that me with the yellow fins, a urn by the east jetty and a view out to the ocean. Enjoy, viz is always a crap shoot but lately it’s been ok. Remember North is out !
JohnDiver123 - 7/30/2019 7:03 AM
Thanks Seadp2001. I can find the tides but figuring out ‘slack tide’ seems a little more tricky. I was on the east jetty wall when I got blown out.
seadp2001 - 7/30/2019 9:47 AM
Take high tide for example 9:00am slack would be from 9 to say 9:45. Sometimes it’s longer, sometimes shorter. At B8 st the tides run late so 9 o’clock tide might go slack at 9:15. Watch the water if it’s swirling and running fast. Wait a while it will calm down. Go in enjoy when you feel the tide turn, it’s time to get out. A good dive there is an hour if timed right
JohnDiver123 - 7/30/2019 10:52 AM
Great info. Thanks for your help.
Scubasammy - 7/31/2019 10:23 PM
Hi john up for a dive in city islan on sunday
JohnDiver123 - 8/01/2019 8:22 AM
Can’t dive this weekend Sammy. Heading out of town (not to dive). Let’s try for another time.
JohnDiver123 - 7/29/2019 6:48 PM
Rating Added: 4
Great shore dive. A ton of sea life for a local NYC dive site. I was really surprised how good it was. Beware the ripping current if you go to far out of the jetty walls. It’s very strong. Bring a light and a compass. Trying to figure out when ‘slack tide’ actually is there.
JohnDiver123 - 7/27/2019 5:58 PM
Fun dive site. Lots of sea life. Beware of the strong current beyond the Jetty.
JohnDiver123 - 7/23/2019 1:07 PM
Anyone diving Beach 8th on Saturday July 27th? If yes what time?
Scubasammy - 7/23/2019 6:42 PM
Yes John be there at 8:30 to 9:00 sammy
JohnDiver123 - 7/23/2019 6:46 PM
Thanks Sammy I hope to see you there.
Scubasammy - 7/21/2019 8:57 PM
I went scuba diving here on 7/14/2019. Average viz: 5-10ft/2-3m.
Need 18 lbr weigth whit my 7 mm semi dr suit
Scubasammy - 7/07/2019 1:04 PM
Im going to be at beach 8 Saturday 13 if anyone is there be happy to buddy dive 😜
Scubasammy - 7/07/2019 8:45 AM
Nee a dive buddy want to dive in ny waters
FrankH - 10/19/2018 10:30 AM
Beach 8th St was my regular dive spot around 1960-63, when I first started scuba diving. Glad to see it’s still active! Caught some lobsters & blackfish (free diving, of course), floated to the bridge and back, and had an incredibly cold first-dive-of-spring there! Have been diving ever since.
seadp2001 - 7/12/2018 12:15 PM
Normally the people fishing respect the divers and we as divers try to stay away from there lines. The west jettie is deep and no one can fish there because it’s underwater. Buddies are a must no matter where you dive. A bunch of us are going Saturday 7/14. HT 9:26 am. North is Out !
JohnDiver123 - 7/12/2018 1:33 PM
Would love to join but I don’t think I can make it Saturday.
JohnDiver123 - 7/12/2018 9:44 PM
I may try to make it. Is this typically a one tank dive for you?
PaulHruby - 7/10/2018 10:03 PM
I went scuba diving here on 7/8/2018.
Great time. Definitely have to go with a dive buddy and watch the change in tide. Heavily fished area. Also active spearfishing. Go with someone familiar to the area.
JohnDiver123 - 7/11/2018 5:44 AM
Let me know if you go again. I’d like to check it out.
seadp2001 - 6/25/2018 8:22 AM
No one is there to set any rules. But it is a good thing to set a dive flag. There is a cage they use for training that we tie a flag to. A cable runs to it from just past the corner of the bulkhead. HT it’s between 16-20 ft down. Have fun
JohnDiver123 - 6/25/2018 9:43 AM
Thanks for the guidance. I hope to check it out soon!
seadp2001 - 6/24/2018 7:29 AM
Not much weekday diving. If you bring a buddy and find a legal spot you can dive there. Biz has been very good compared to the last few years. East and west jetties have different appeal. West jetty will take you 42 ft down during high slack tide. Search holes for lobsters. East jetty has tropicals near the middle to end of summer. Compass and light a must. North is out !
seadp2001 - 6/24/2018 7:29 AM
JohnDiver123 - 6/24/2018 7:45 AM
Thanks for the feedback. Is a dive flag required?
JohnDiver123 - 6/21/2018 10:59 AM
Anyone dive here during the week? I’d like to check it out.
RickHormigo - 11/15/2017 9:30 AM
Thinking in this weekend, I can’t find many options for this Saturday 11/18 around NYC. Anybody interested?
RickHormigo - 11/15/2017 9:27 AM
I was there in Aug 2016, decent visibility and lots of horseshoe crabs. Nice for training too.
todd999 - 8/15/2016 5:53 PM
I am interested in checking this out. How is parking? Is there any "beach" for spectators/family?