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New Jersey Scuba Diving

I'm looking for recent dive/fishing reports of the Radford. If you've been there in the last year or two, I'd like to hear what you found. In particular, where is the stern now? I can find no reports since 2012.

Regulations For Diving In New Jersey

NJAC 13:82-3.17 Diving and swimming:

(a) General provisions with respect to diving and swimming are as follows:

  1. Underwater diving with or without an underwater apparatus is permitted in all navigable waters of New Jersey unless otherwise prohibited herein.
  2. Any person, while diving shall mark his or her position with a buoyed flag approved by the New Jersey Boat Regulation Commission:
  3. Such flag shall be displayed so that it is visible all around the horizon from a buoy, float, boat or other floating object;
  4. Such flag shall be a minimum of 14 inches by 16 inches, shall be rigid to enhance visibility and shall be a red background with a white diagonal stripe running from one comer to the other.
  5. No person shall operate a vessel within 50 ft of the buoyed flag.
  6. No person shall display such a flag at times other than when diving is in progress.
  7. No person shall swim or dive in a narrow, confined or improved channel or in a marked fairway under a bridge or impede, obstruct or interfere with passage of a water craft therein.
  8. No diver shall surface more than 25 ft from his buoyed flag except in an emergency.

(b) Provisions for Manasquan Inlet are as follows:

  1. Underwater diving shall be permitted in the Manasquan Inlet only within 50 ft from the stone jetties and bulkheads.
  2. Underwater diving is permitted only in the area east of an imaginary line drawn from Ocean Avenue, Point Pleasant Beach, extended to a point across the inlet at First Avenue, Manasquan.

(c) Provisions for Barnegat Inlet are as follows:

  1. Except as provided in this subsection, no person or persons shall, while engaged in goggle-fishing, spear fishing or skin diving, enter into any navigable channel or approach within 200 ft of any boat anchored or underway within the water adjacent to the land areas of the Borough of Barnegat Light.
  2. No person shall dive in any of the waters of the Barnegat Inlet channel.
  3. Skin and Scuba diving is permitted from the north and south jetties, but no person shall dive further than 25 ft from the rock jetty or bulkhead within the inlet.
  4. No person shall dive within Barnegat Inlet between 8:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. on Saturdays and Sundays from June 1 to September 30.
  5. A diver shall mark his or her position with a float and skin diver's flag.
  6. Only "buddy diving" will be permitted in Barnegat Inlet.
  7. Recreational diving is prohibited within 100 ft of the north monument.
  8. Recreational diving is prohibited within the inlet when the current is at flood.

(d) Provisions for Shark River Inlet are as follows:

  1. Underwater diving is permitted in the Shark River Inlet in that area which lies east of a line extending from the northwest end of A Street in Belmar to the southeast end of First Avenue in Avon.
  2. Divers shall stay within 25 ft of the jetties and bulkheads in the area described.
  3. A diver shall mark his or her position with a float and skin diver's flag.
  4. No diver shall surface more than 15 ft from the buoyed flag except in an emergency.
  5. No underwater diving shall be permitted in Shark River Inlet between the hours of 8:00 A-M. and 5:30 P.M. during the period each year commencing May 1 terminating October 1.

August 1994 - author not responsible for out-of-date or inaccurate information - verify all regulations yourself before diving.

Also remember to check town and county laws for any location you dive, and respect the rights of private property owners.


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