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Dive Review of Dive Valhalla (Missle Silo Dive)/Family Scuba Center, Midland, TX in
The Continental USA/Abilene, TX

Dive Valhalla (Missle Silo Dive)/Family Scuba Center, Midland, TX, Jul, 2002,

by Greg Swager, NM, USA . Report 164.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy Seas calm
Water Temp 60 to 60 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 15 to 20 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Flashlight is mandatory, so is dive buddy.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 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 N/A 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 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Website: [familyscuba.com
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It is a missle silo, housed ICBM missle with nuclear warhead, managed by US Air Force. It was abandoned two years later, in part of US-Russia agreement. It is now owned by Family Scuba Center of Midland, TX.

Water was filled in the silo by underground water, leaking through the cracks of cement over the years. Metal wreckage, mostly support arms and a dome cap to hold missle in place, lied on the bottom. Wreckage is from 110 to 130 feet deep of water.

From the tunnel to the silo is being accessed by a brand new steep stairs. Old one was ladder. On top of water is a platform.

Things to see underwater- wreckage on bottom, minerals seeping out of cement cracks & navigation room

It's a very fascinating diving site, along with exploration of its underground system such as control room, blast doors, fuel lines, moveable roof, etc. Most of its equipment was being salvaged before silo was acquired by Family Scuba Center. It's like "Been there, done that" dive.

Bad- it is not an open dive. Required to have a group of divers and a divemaster. Usually, the owner will help you to find a dive club or other group to join.
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