Daly’s Watersports

Daly’s Watersports: Port St. Joe’s One-Stop Spot for Gulf Adventures
Local Expert's Rating:
4 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Whether you’re looking for scuba, snorkeling, skim, or surf gear or you want to learn how to scuba dive or head out on a scuba diving charter, Daly’s Watersports offers great watersports adventures in Port St. Joe, Florida. Try scuba out for the first time with their Discover Scuba Diving course, plan ahead to get your scuba certification at Daly’s, or book a diving charter trip to some of the best diving sites in the area. Scalloping, snorkeling, and spearfishing trips are also available for the adventurous. 

- The FloridaPanhandle.com Local Expert Team

Located in Port St. Joe, Florida, and also serving the entire “Forgotten Coast,” Daly’s Watersports is a dive shop that offers marine services and saltwater adventures, such as diving, boating, snorkeling, and more. Whether you’re looking for a great dive sit to practice your skills or you’re interested in learning to dive for the first time, Daly’s offers options for everyone. 

The shop itself offers equipment for rent or purchase, and their helpful, knowledgeable staff can help fully outfit you for your adventure. Whether you’re looking for wetsuits, cameras and housings, BCDs, or gear bags, they have you covered. 

For individuals who want to give scuba diving a try for the first time, Daly’s Watersports offers their Discover Scuba Diving course. It’s not a scuba certification class, but it allows beginners to try scuba out to see if they enjoy it. You’ll get the chance to learn how to use scuba equipment while you’re in shallow water, and since it includes an actual dive, it may count towards your PADI Open Water Diver certification if you decide to move on with your certification. 

Daly’s Watersports also provides training programs to help get you dive certified as well. Since instructors are on staff, they’re often able to help vacationers complete their full certification while on vacation. However, PADI home study or e-learning before arriving is required. 

If you want to enjoy some excellent dive sites and enjoy as much time as possible below the water, Daly’s Watersports offers Dive Charters onboard the “Sting. The 30-foot Ribcraft boat runs clean and fast, and Dive Charters involve going to two locations and include drinks and snacks, weights, services of a dive instructor, divemaster, or guide, and air, as well as a USCG-licensed boat captain. All you’ll need to bring is towels and your scuba gear, which you can rent at the shop if you don’t have your own. 

The crew at Daly’s Watersports is familiar with all the best nearby dive sites, and the Gulf of Mexico is full of artificial reefs and wrecks that offer you the chance to see abundant sea life. Dive sites are available for beginners and experienced divers.

Insider Tip:
While Daly’s Watersports offers options for the entire family, the Discover Scuba Diving class requires that participants are at least ten years of age. A medical questionnaire is also required before diving. Certain medical conditions may require the approval of a physician. You can download medical forms on the Daly’s Watersports website.