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Dive Review of Beaches in
Turks and Caicos

Beaches, Aug, 2002,

by Larry Wagner, TX, USA . Report 256.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 26-50 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, noCurrents
Water Temp 83 to 0 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60 to 70 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Guided dive, bottom time limited, max depth 80 ft, safety stop encouraged.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 1 stars
Comments Great diving experience for beginners and families with junior divers. Many newly certified divers on the boat. Divemasters were capable and attentive and tended to focus on those showing less skill - one new diver ran out of air and then got tangled in the spare air hose at the safety bar. For an experienced/hard core diver Beaches' protocols are intrusive - specified short bottom times at no more than 80' (but conversely very safe profiles) and had to pass a brief skills test before being allowed to sign up for diving. Once the divemeaster was comfortable with your skills (1 dive), you could go off with a buddy if you had a computer - but still were required to be up within the time limit. We cheated by exploring the shallows below the boat while others exited - gaining about 10 to 15 minutes per dive. DM's were OK with this, but even so we were coming up with 800 to 900 psi.
Boats had standard safety gear and could hold 30 divers easily - which could make for crowded conditions below.
Dives to The Crack and Black Coral Garden were best, but not as good as French Cay sites.
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