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Region: USA: Pacific Northwest   |  San Juan Islands


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USA: Pacific Northwest - The cold, emerald waters of the Pacific Northwest are a real treat for Scuba diving. This region of the website includes dive sites and galleries in the Puget Sound, Hood Canal, the San Juans, and the Oregon and Washington coasts. Divers in the Pacific Northwest are presented a large variety of life, ample dive locations, and dynamic diving opportunities such as walls, bull kelp forests, drift dives and dive parks.
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Agate Pass
Old Man House State Park, Bainbridge Island, WA
Type: Saltwater
Difficulty: Advanced
Entry: Difficult Shore Entry , Boat Access
Attractions: Boulder Pile / Shelves

Click here to view a google map of the Drift Course.

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Agate Pass is a 1 mile, high speed drift dive from the SE corner of the Agate Pass Bridge to a park called Old Man House State Park. It is a relatively shallow dive (35-40ft) that affords you the unique opportunity to soar over the bottom covered with carpets of anemones, do effortless flips and cartwheels and play in the eddies behind rocks. It is a unique experience to succumb to the pull of the current and ride it along to your exit point.

Upon entering the water under the bridge, descend and steer toward the middle of the Channel (35-40fsw) and enjoy the ride. The time you are under the water will depend on the speed of current.

The only real trick to diving this site is knowing when to ascend. Come up too soon and you’ll have a long walk ahead of you, too late and you’ll have a heck of a time getting back to the beach. Stay in the middle as long as you can until you feel it is time begin your exit. If you move too far left too soon (NW Shore) you’ll hit a back eddy that will impede your progress down the channel and you’ll end up walking to the park, but it also works as a nice “safety net” if you feel the need to end the dive. On a one knot current you can plan to drift for about 25-30 minutes before you need to turn toward shore and begin your swim to the exit point. Good luck, it’s tricky!

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