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Dive Review of Cooper River Dive Charters in
The Continental USA/Cooper River, S.C.

May, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Edward Noga, OH, USA
Reviewer   (6 reports)
Report Number 3344
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
All over the world, from the Red Sea to Galapagos, Truk to the Caribbean,
but especially the Great Lakes. Lake Erie is home.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
70   to 75    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
0   to 0    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Come back alive. Pay attention to the captain and he'll direct you to the
gravel, where the fossils lie.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
This is blackwater diving, frequently in strong current. Good luck on
trying to take photos, although that's not why you go to the Cooper.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
1 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
1 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
1 stars    
I've been diving in the Cooper River for a number of years, searching for
that elusive 6-inch Megalodon tooth. Haven't found a whole one yet, but my
buddies and I gathered up a lot of smaller fossilized teeth and other
goodies on this trip. This type of diving is like going to a museum where
you're allowed to take home the exhibits, including arrow points,
pre-Columbian and colonial artifacts and whiskey bottles from bygone days.
The shark's teeth, from the Megalodon to Great Whites and Makos, and the
huge amount of prehistoric animal fossils are the main lure. Everyone finds
stuff, too. We came back with turtle shells, deer antlers, ground sloth
teeth--an amazing amount of loot. This isn't for beginners, though, since
it's blackwater (clean but dark), and the current is rippin' at times. If
you're afraid of the dark and gators, pass on it. Most of the diving is
very shallow, 18-25 feet, with occasional holes of 45 feet. John Cercopely
is an excellent captain with a beautiful, powerful boat. He knows the river
well and is good company.  
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