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Dive Review of Down Under Dive Shop/Young's By The Sea in
The Continental USA/Gulf Shores, AL

August, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Clem Clapp, AL, US
Sr. Reviewer   (11 reports)
Report Number 1252
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Mostly Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
78   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Structured. Everyone down the tag line and anchor line. Anyone back on
board with less than 500 lbs and more than 30 minutes bottom time was
subject to sitting out second dive.   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Dedicated table and rinse bucket for cameras. Staff reminded all divers to
refrain from other use.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
2 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
1 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
3 stars    
Great boat. 46' Newton. Much better than their old boat. All shop and boat
personnel were good in boat and under water. Dive briefing was extensive
and diving heavily structured. One dm later told me that they dealt with
many once a year divers and students and had to be as such. After a short
discussion, they allowed my daughter and I a bit more freedom.
Lot of silt, etc in water lending to poor viz. Pretty routine for the area.
Jellyfish infestation was moderate. Glad I wore my skins.
Saw a number of octopus, toadfish, jacks, blue angels and assorted other
tropicals and a large 30" loggerhead rubbing himself on the prop shaft
of the Naval Tug. Highlight was a 12' manta that hung with us for 10
minutes or so. Seemed as though he enjoyed socializing with us.  
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