Phil Foster Park and the area below the Blue Heron Bridge are part of the Palm Beach County Parks & Recreation Department. While recreational diving at the Blue Heron Bridge is free and open to any certified diver, dive instruction and other commercial dive activities require a permit from Palm Beach County. Palm Beach County Code, Chapter 21, contains general rules pertaining to the use of county parks and recreational facilities. Any and all businesses, groups, or individuals conducting dive training related activities at Phil Foster Park (Blue Heron Bridge) must have a Dive Instruction Permit from Palm Beach County. Permit holders will receive a placard from Palm Beach County which must be with the permit holder while in the park acting as an instructor/guide. A maximum of 12 students per instructor is authorized under the county permits. Night diving is only allowed under the supervision of a dive shop activity or individual possessing a permit from the Palm Beach County Parks & Recreation Department and all dive activities must be completed prior to 10 pm.
As the on-site concession Blue Heron Bridge Scuba & Watersports may issue One Day Permits to Dive Centers or Scuba Instructors who do not possess a valid Palm Beach County Parks & Recreation Department Permit. Cost of the one day permit is $5.00 per student up to a maximum of 12 students per certified scuba instructor. Groups wishing to conduct night dives may make arrangements through Blue Heron Bridge Scuba a minimum of 48 hours in advance by calling (561) 839-5130.
To complete an Instructor Permit Application with Palm Beach County, print and complete the document below or CLICK HERE to download the form from the county web site and return to:
Parks and Recreation Department
Attn: Financial & Support Services.
2700 6th Avenue South; Lake Worth, FL 33461
(561) 963-6707 (office) during Office Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00am-5:00pm