Most bay dives should be made during slack tide. This
is especially true of the crab dock. The crab dock is
not protected very well from the tidal exchange. Always
take a compass bearing before entering the water.
Crab Dock is one of the best shore dives in Newport. Divers
can park within easy walking distance of the dock and travel
a concrete path to where the dock begins. The only difficult
part of this dive is the short scramble down a few boulders
to reach the beach. Like most bay dives any attempt to
dive should be made when the tide is at slack high or slack
low. Divers can gear up on the beach and wade out to the
dock pilings before beginning their dive. The pilings
at the end of the dock hit bottom at about 50 feet and provide
excellent shelter for crab, perch, and lingcod. The bottom
also has a rich collection of clam shells and debris dropped
from those crabbing high above. Divers have found common
species of wristwatch, wallet, pop bottle, and eating utensil.
In one instance a rare Leatherman tool was plucked from the
sand in prime condition.
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