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Dive Review of Cape Ann Divers in
The Continental USA/Gloucester, MA

June, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Joseph Gallagher, IN, us
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Report Number 811
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Florida, Philippines, Australia, Thailand, Red Sea
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy  
Water Temp
45   to 50    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
10   to 15    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Encouraged to come back on boat with 500 psi  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
2 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
New England Diving at its most independant.  You are on your own, come with
whatever you need and figure out the best way to prepare everything for two
dives before getting on the boat
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
2 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars   
3 stars    
Cape Ann Diving offers challenging boat diving for the hardy.  Most of the
divers from New England dove with drysuits.  One diver after fighting the
surge in the cold for 20 minutes was found in the Cape Ann Dive shop after
the dive buying a dry suit claiming he wasn't going to dive cold again.  

Baot dives go to a variety of sites inlcuding one which features diving
with Seals.  We dove a wreck, Chester Poling, in 80-90 feet of water
(depending on tides) at the mouth of Gloucester Bay.  Dive is for the
experienced as limited visibility, surges and thermal climes tend to
challenge beginners.  The wreck is covered with anemones and normally
crawling with crabs as well as a lobster or two.  Locals can obtain a
license to catch lobsters.  Bring everything you need to be self sufficient
on the boat, it acts mainly as a taxi to get you to a site.  

There is aboundant shore diving in Gloucester and it is recommended to
check with Cape Ann Divers on tides and wind conditions to diecide which is
the best shore divesite to choose.    
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