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Dive Review of American Divers in
The Continental USA/South Padre Island

July, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Sheri Guzick, TX, USA
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Report Number 4231
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Saba, Salt Cay, Provodentiales, Utila, Cozumel, St. Maarten
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, no currents  
Water Temp
73   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Come up with 500 lbs of air. When DM saw we were experienced, he let us do
our own thing, but did point out some points of interest.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Large fresh water barrel for cameras
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
4 stars    
One dive operation in South Padre, American Divers. It's owned and operated
by a gentleman that has a vast amount of experience in technical diving,
and DM also has a vast amount of diving experience. I always felt they
could handle any unusual problems that might come up. The ship was awesome!
A fully air conditioned cabin that could comfortably seat up to 20ish, or
you could sit up front and enjoy being outside. We dove the Texas Clipper
on all three dives. This is an immense boat that was sunk less than a year
ago, and landed on its side (please read history of ship by
"googling"). Took about 45 minutes to get to the dive site. Dive
begins at 60 feet, with a thermocline at about 45 feet. My 5 mil kept me
warm enough. The uppermost side is covered with various coral that's about
3 inches tall, hundreds of blennies, arrowhead crabs, lots of schooling
fish, saw 2 sharks, octopus in every discharge was a very healthy
environment. No other dive operations in area, so ours was the only boat.
We wanted to dive a rig, but the rig was undergoing repairs so we couldn't
hook up. I would go back in a few years to see the changes in growth that I
expect will happen. The dive operation is very good and they were
incredibly accommodating for us.  South Padre is a great place to go for
beach time, and getting in some diving made the trip perfect. 
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