Rig Diving

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.

coral on gulf of mexico oil rigThe diversity of life that can be seen on an oil rig is comparable to the most pristine of coral reefs.  A wide assortment of fish from the smallest Blennys, Gobies, and Damsel Fish, to the largest Barracuda, Sharks, Tuna, and Tarpon. Soft and hard corals abound in dazzling bursts of color, and if you look hard enough you will find the occasional lobster peering at you from a secluded joint in the rig leg.
Fish image on Oil Rig Dive