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Dive Review of MDT Divers/H2O Below in
The Continental USA/Pensacola, Florida

July, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by David Schwab, AE, USA
Contributor   (14 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 4306
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Red Sea, Thailand, Norway, UK, Spain, Turks & Caicos, Ireland, Bahamas,
Cyprus, Croatia, Italy, France, Hawaii, Key Largo
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, no currents  
Water Temp
75   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 40    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Recommended no more than 130 ft; remain around the "island" of
the carrier because that's where all the life is (albeit limited).  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Bucket available, captain and crew supported UWP needs.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
3 stars    
Dived the USS Oriskany from the mv H2O Below, thru MDT Divers in Pensacola.
Dive shop provided standard dive equipment and made a computer available
after the dives to view images taken.  MDT Divers made me feel like a
member of their group not just a paying customer.  Thanks, guys!!  CAPT
Douglas runs a tight ship on the H2O Below.  He and the (unpaid/tips only)
crew/DM take good care of all the divers.  The DM accompanied divers onto
the USS Oriskany, but didn't herd them or keep them from exploring what
they wanted.  One of them showed me where an octopus was & and I got a
great photo.  The USS Oriskany is huge . . . no point in seeing the flight
deck tho, it's at about 130 ft, and there's not much to see.  Divers
concentrate on the island; not a whole lot of life.  Due to weather
conditions (Hurricane Faye on the way) we dived only 2x (day 3 of a 4 day
trip), but frankly I can't see diving a lot on the "O" unless you
plan to spend more time at depths beyond 130 ft, which means deco, tech, or
rebreather.  Highly recommend MDT Divers and the H2O Below.  
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