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Dive Review of Lake Rawlings in
The Continental USA/Virginia

Lake Rawlings, Jun, 2003,

by Lisa, va, UNITED STATES (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports). Report 1089.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 0-25 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 52 to 76 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 20 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions no knives
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 4 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 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 1 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments This is a great place to go to "tune up" or to practice skills. They have a lot of LDSs holding classes and certifying, but it is a place to go for a weekend of simple diving and practice. Lots of fun stuff to look at- boats, a bus, props for pictures, and tons of little fish swimming around you. Water is ultra clear and very clean, vis is excellent for a quarry (rock bottom- so no silt), and the facilites are clean, affordable, and they even have an on-site campground. The campground has basic tent sites, as well as an RV area with up to 50amp service. There are no water hookups, and no bathrooms- just porto-lets, which was a disappointment. No soap is allowed in the fresh water shower, since that would cloud the water, nor is it allowed to be used anywhere in fear of runoff into the quarry. Dogs were allowed on leash, but not in the water. Everyone there was ultra nice- tons of beginner divers, but it never got too crowded it seemed underwater. Depth was 0-65' and the thermocline was around the 30' level. Below that- use a 5mm or 7mm for comfort. Equipment rentals were available, as was air fills- 10 fills for $35. There were no equipment repair or food available, and the dive shop was limited to basic neccesities. I highly recommend this place- well run place, laid back, nice people, and excellent water. It was highly enjoyable, 2.5 miles off the interstate, and there was a motel within 2.5 miles. Their website is www.lakerawlings.com. It was a definite "I will be back"
Lisa
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