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

July, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Greg Swager, NM, USA
Report Number 164
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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 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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  
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  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
3 stars   
Advanced
3 stars    
Comments  
Website: [familyscuba.com link]

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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