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S/W Breaker - Bermuda

S/W Breaker is a boat accessible salt water dive site, located in Bermuda. The maximum depth is 31-35ft/9-11m. The average visibility is 91-100ft/28-30m. This dive site provides bathrooms and airfills.

The southern-most breaking reef in Bermuda has been seen by many people. Although most are totally unaware, A favorite site of famed author, Peter Benchley, South West Breaker was the location chosen for the infamous "Jacqueline Blisset, wet t-shirt scene" from the movie "The Deep".

It was also the basis for the book "The Beast". The breaker providing the hideout for the giant , man eating squid.

South West Breaker is not actually a coral formation or even a rock formation, but is actually made from fossilized prehistoric worms. The structure is incredibly strong and easily withstands the strong winter storms that frequently batter the area.

Divemaster notes:

The foaming water about a half mile off Pompano Cut, makes South West Breaker easy to find. Except for high tide during totally calm sea conditions, South West Breaker is always visible from a gong distance. With an average depth of only 28ft and typical visibility in excess of 100ft. South West Breaker provides an excellent shallow dive for the experienced diver and novice alike. The shallow depth and the variety of fish life make it a great place for snorkelers also.

The site is actually three breakers. Two are blind (not quite breaking the surface). The main breaker is a huge monolith, reaching from 30 feet to above surface level. Vertical sides and overhangs provide ideal shelter for an amazingly diverse selection of fish. Snapper, Grunts and Hog Fish are found in schools all around the breaker.

A massive tunnel through the center of the breaker provides ample cover for Green Moray Eels and Spiny Lobsters. Glass-eyed Sweepers hide in the tunnel. During the summer months the tunnel is filled with millions of Silverside. Often giant Groupers are found at one of the many cleaning stations set up within the tunnel by Creole Wrasse and Gobies.

Schools of Barracuda often are seen close to the breaker. Their habit of following divers is always guaranteed to get the pulse racing.

South West Breaker is home to gigantic Sea fans and is an excellent place to find Cowries and Trumpet Tritons. Spend some time in the pink sandy areas and find Leopard Flat Worms and Purple Crested Sea Goddess’s. Keep your eyes open for passing Eagle Rays and Turtles heading towards the feeding grounds at nearby Pompano Sand Flats.

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