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Dive Review of Bonne Terre Mine in
The Continental USA/BonneTerre, Missouri

July, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by David Schwab, AE, USA
Report Number 1175
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Red Sea, Norway, Med, UK, Thailand, Europe, Bahamas, Keys
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
58   to 58    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
100   to 130    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Guided tours only; no cameras on trail #1; divers may not carry personal
lights; dive trails in order 1-24; must sign up for 2 dives minimum.  Depth
about 45 feet.  DM checks basic skills for those diving the mine for the
first time.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
1 stars  
Small Critters
  1 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Cameras welcome for trails 2 - 24, just not on trail #1.  The DM explained
that he prefered divers pay attention to the site and procedures rather
than fumbling with a camera. No specific facilities for UWP.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
Easy dive, but challenging due to conditions.  This was an active mine some
350 feet below ground, until they turned off the pumps.  Crystal clear
water; no fishies or anything else swimming around--just divers.  Some
areas have overhead lighting; this could be a night dive at noon if you
turned off the lights.  Cold water, constant 58 degrees Fahrenheit . . .
dry suit or 7mm, with gloves and hood (rentals available).  Unlike reef
diving, divers were allowed--encouraged--to touch things in the water
(tools, rocks, ore carts, etc).  No muck or silt to stir up.    Divers must
dive the trails in order (i.e., 1 through 24); your logbook verifies what
you have done.  I dived trails 1 and 2; other trails promise to be much
more interesting.  A bit expensive at $65/dive with a 2 dive minimum. 
Weekends only; popular winter dive site.  Guided tours of 10 - 15 divers +
guide + safety diver.  DiveMaster James M. was a first class guide; very
professional.  Go to for more.
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