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Dive Review of Aquatic Safaris in
The Continental USA/North Carolina wreck diving

August, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by John McConn, OH, USA (2 reports)
Report Number 5159
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Carribean, Cozumel, Hawaii, Palau including Pelilu, Truk Lagoon, New
Guinea, Fiji
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
75   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
3   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Tropical Fish
Small Critters
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
2 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
1 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
While boats were large and provided enough room, even though it was full,
the camera table was miniscule and no rinse tanks were available.  The crew
offered no solution for storing extra cameras, other on your lap for 2
hours out and 2 back.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Service and Attitude
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
1 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
1 stars   
4 stars    
Atlantic current diving is not for the inexperienced and unprepared. And it
is certainly less predictable than a typical resort dive trip. That said,
this operation provided little or no dive site information at the beginning
of the dive even though they had a diver in the water setting the anchor on
the wreck.  They provided little site infotrmation as to where the anchor
was on the wreck and no information on current conditions such as; current
strength or visibility.

The Rosin Wreck was touted on their WEB site as not to be missed.  Upon
descent we found the wreck in the following conditions.  The current was 1
1/2 to 3 knots and the visibility was only 3 feet.  About 1/2 of the
divers, 20 started the dive, were swept away from the wreck due to the
current.  No provision for a line attached to the wreck for touring
purposes was provided or to retain contact back to the anchor line.  Cave
reels were discouraged.  The operator had no provision to pick up divers
swept away from the dive boat, even though this dive site is reported to be
40 miles off the coast.  
Luckily everyone made it back to the boat due to less surface current than
encountered at the bottom. All divers seemed to have sufficient experience.
 Most but not all had safety sausages and surface sound warning equipment.

Over three days of diving only one site, on 2 wrecks was suitable diving
with easier current and decent visibility.
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