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Dive Review of Lake Rawlings in
The Continental USA/Virginia

June, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Lisa, va, UNITED STATES
Reviewer   (6 reports)
Report Number 1089
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
0-25 dives
Where else diving

Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
52   to 76    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
no knives  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
1 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
3 stars    
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 It was a definite "I will be back"
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