Protecting and preserving our marine resources by creating rich sustainable habitat that helps our fisheries thrive.

  • Habitat Development – Supporting the entire food chain from the bottom up ​for a stronger and healthier marine ecosystem.
  • Sustainability and Stewardship – Built to L.A.S.T. philosophy: Learn, Adapt, Share, Teach.

  • Creating Living Reefs for Generations – Building a brighter future for our children and our oceans.

“The sea, the great unifier, is man’s only hope. Now, as never before, the old phrase has a literal meaning: we are all in the same boat.”​ ~Jacques Yves Cousteau


Creating new and unique all-ages eco-tourism opportunities with a focus on safety and accessibility.

  • Snorkeling – Four snorkel reefs at 10–20′ depths ideal for kayak/paddleboard.
  • Diving – Nine fish/dive reefs at ~60 ft depths ideal for novice to advanced divers.
  • Fishing – Nearshore fishing opportunities have grown exponentially with each new deployment.

Time to splash! Visit South Walton’s newest and best kept secret.


Hands-on learning opportunities and community outreach creating appreciation for our marine resources.

  • Local Marine Ecosystem – Forested coastal plains and barrier islands supported by strong estuaries and freshwater springs.
  • Environmental Stewardship – Doing more than just “your part.”
  • International Biodiversity Studies – Coral Restoration Project, NaGISA, Ocean Alliance, and more.
  • Benefits of Artificial Habitat – Scientific publications, presentations, and exhibits.

“Connecting people to the sea through marine science education lets them see into a world they might never have imagined.” ~Joe Moore, SWARA Marine Biologist & Educator


New and exciting research possibilities abound throughout Walton County’s many unique coastal ecosystems.

  • Assess – Regular assessment dives and documentation of growth/changes.
  • Study – Ongoing field studies and population counts.

  • Learn – Uncovering exciting new discoveries and findings.

“What is a scientist after all? It is a curious man looking through a keyhole, the keyhole of nature, trying to know what’s going on.” ~Jacques Yves Cousteau

Make a Difference

SWARA could not exist without the vision and support of our patrons and members. Please join us in developing this world-class recreation and scientific resource.