Recreational dive sites
Recreational dive sites – Specific places that recreational divers go to enjoy the underwater environment or are used for training purposes
- Index of recreational dive sites – Alphabetical listing of popular places for underwater diving
- Inland dive sites – Dive sites in bodies of water other than the sea
- Coastal dive sites – Dive sites near a coast of the body of water
- Cave diving – Underwater diving in water-filled caves
- Coral reef – Outcrop of rock in the sea formed by the growth and deposit of stony coral skeletons
- Lake – Large body of relatively still water
- Muck diving – Recreational diving on a loose sedimentary bottom
- Quarry dive sites – Disused and flooded quarry repurposed for underwater diving
- Rocky reef – Natural reef of rock
- Wreck diving – Recreational diving on wrecks
Environments by depth zone
- Shallow water, defined as between the surf-zone and the coast
- Intermediate water, defined as between the surf zone and wave base (where the waves just interact with the bottom and no more, usually about 80 m water depth with 10 second swells). The seafloor beneath intermediate water is termed the shoreface and is the zone where the seafloor slows down the swells by friction, so that the surf ends up being lower than it otherwise would be.
- Deep water, defined as deeper than wave base: i.e. too deep for waves to interact with the seafloor.
Recreational divers will usually dive in the shallow to intermediate marine environment. Technical and commercial divers may venture into the deep water environment.