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

September, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Art Hulse, PA, USA
Report Number 1321
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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 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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  
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  
 
 

Overall Rating

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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