Not for the faint of heart, rig diving in the Gulf of Mexico is one of the most physically challenging and breathtaking adventures a diver will ever experience. Outside of the weather forecast and wave heights, conditions at the dive site are never really known in advance.
At the dive site, there is a often “murk” layer with 3-6 foot visibility for the first 20 – 30 feet, then it opens up to 20 – 60 foot visibility. At other times is is pristine crystal blue with 100+ foot visibility. The next potential difficulty is the current, at times there is little if any, and at others you feel as if you are swimming into a tropical storm. Our last dive was just one of those, where there was a very strong current going down until we reached 80 feet, them we hit a thermocline and with almost no current and 60+ ft visibility. The reward was thousands of adult Red Snapper circling around inside of the rig.