A message from the St Pete Underwater Club

Welcome to our website! The St Pete Underwater Club was founded in 1952 by an avid group of divers who shared a great enthusiasm for the sport of spearfishing. The St Pete Underwater Club is one of the oldest and best-known dive clubs in the United States.

For over fifty years, club members have competed in and won National events, promoted and organized tournaments, and actively campaigned for fair legislation for divers and fishermen alike. We strive to educate the public, teaching that spearfishing is one of the most environmentally sound fishing methods. We continue to work with fisheries managers, lending our first-hand knowledge of the Gulf of Mexico and its denizens.

Our proudest endeavor is the St Pete Open, which is hosted and run by our all-volunteer membership. The St Pete Open is the world's largest spearfishing tournament. Many of the largest fish ever entered in a spearfishing event have been brought in to the St. Pete Open. At a typical SPO, we enjoy the company of roughly 300 participants, with spectators numbering in the thousands.

We'd like to invite you to come out and participate, observe, and enjoy the party every August as we host yet another historic event!

Brian Dinning
President 2014-2015
St Pete Underwater Club 


Contact Information for SPUC officers


Brian Dinning - President

Charlie Barnes - VP

Ken Jones - Treasurer

Dean Palmer Webmaster/Graphics

Responsible Spearing
St Pete Open 2015

Wed July 29th, 2015

Kickoff Party 7:30pm at "Mugs" in Icot Center, Ulmerton Rd.

Enter Early only 300 entries allowed for 2015!

Events Aug 14-16 Below...

Will be held at the
Magnuson Hotel Marina Cove
6800 Sunshine Skyway Lane, St Petersburg, FL

Friday Aug 14 :
Registration at Pool Area 6-8:30pm
MANDATORY Captain's Meeting 8:30pm.
After this meeting, the tournament starts at one minute past midnight at 12:01am Saturday morning. No fish can be shot before this time.

Saturday Aug 15 :
Tournament Ends 7:30pm
Participants must be in weigh-in line with their catch before 7:30pm.

Sunday Aug 16:
Awards Ceremony 10am - 2pm


SPUC is a member of the FSDA
(Florida Skin Divers Association)
West Coast Council.

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