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

Bonne Terre Mine, Jul, 2004,

by David Schwab, AE, USA . Report 1175.

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

Weather sunny Seas calm, noCurrents
Water Temp 58 to 58 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 100 to 130 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
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.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 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 N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments 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):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments 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 www.2dive.com for more.
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