Miami-Dade County Public Health officials said Thursday they have issued an advisory for diving on Catalina and a new wave of diving equipment that are designed to reduce body mass.
The advisory, issued by the Miami- Dade Health Department, states that “diving in water that is between 15 and 30 degrees Fahrenheit may be hazardous to your health.”
“The dive is very safe, and the equipment is designed to protect you from the elements,” said Michelle Hickey, the department’s public health director.
The equipment is for use in Miami-diving establishments only, and there are no safety regulations for dive locations.
Diving with diving rods is prohibited on Catan Island, but a small section of the beach remains open for divers.
The new wave is designed for dive sites that are 15-30 feet above sea level, Hickey said.
There are only three approved dive sites on Cataglyph Island, which has a surface depth of 15 feet.
Dive sites on the island are not listed as recreational diving sites, but the Miami Dade Department of Public Health said it is open to accepting any qualified applicants for such a diving site.
The health department said its dive advisory is in response to concerns about the new wave.
“We’ve received reports of dive sites being used by those who are not qualified,” Hickey wrote in an email.
“We have been notified that the operators of these dive sites are not licensed to dive in Miami, and therefore we are issuing an advisory to dive locations.”
Diving at Catan has been in the news before.
The county launched a safety campaign earlier this year, urging residents to keep an eye out for new equipment.
The county also recently started a $15,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.