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Dive Review of Deep South Rivers in
The Continental USA/South Carolina, Cooper River

Deep South Rivers, Sep, 2004,

by Art Hulse, PA, USA . Report 1321.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Fiji, Galapagos, Sea of Cortez, Britich Columbia, Gulf of Maine, Caribbean, Florida, Great Lakes, etc.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas currents
Water Temp 75 to 75 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 2 to 4 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions None
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 5 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 2 stars Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Captain Alec Blalock of Deep South Rivers (803/428-3884) runs a 28 foot pontoon boat on the Cooper River north of Charleston, South Carolina. The diving is primarily for vertebrate fossils and artifacts. The boat is an excellent dive platform and Alec and his divemaster Ronnie really know the river and where to go to look for fossils (especially shark teeth). The teeth come in all sizes from less than an inch in length fo greater than 6 inches for the Megalodon teeth.
Dive conditions on the river are not for the beginner, sometimes strong currents, low visibility and zero light at greater than 20 foot depth. However if you have experience and are interested in fossils this is the place to go. I have dove there on over a dozen trips and have always had a good time. I generally take friends with me and all have enjoyed it and most have made at least one return trip.
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