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Dive Review of OEX Dive and Kayak/Marriott Courtyard Hotel in
The Continental USA/California - San Diego

March, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by John Crellin, PA, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (8 reports)
Report Number 3250
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, California, Florida
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, surge, noCurrents  
Water Temp
52   to 60    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
10   to 30    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
none. dives were well planned.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
There was no where to work on your camera since both dives were shore
dives. However, we walked back to the dive shop after each dive and Jim
(instructor) took the time to set up a fresh water barrel for the camera
and showed me to a clean dry table to change film and make adjustments.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
3 stars    
This was 2 shore dives to the La Jolla Canyon.  Jim Metzger, my instructor
for the PADI underwater naturalist specialty, took the time to go through
the course properly.  I had decided not to bring my gear and rented gear
from his shop.  the gear was in excellent condition.  I had not dove in
full 7mm wetsuit in a long time so I asked for advice on how to weight
myself. I was severely overwieght and had a hard time maitiaining bouyancy
during both dives. I take part responsibility for this since I feel I
should find a way to find the proper weight before the dives. Be prepared
for seriously cold water and long surface swims if you are a warm water
boat diver like myself. Do not attempt these dives if you are not prepared
for long swims. The marine life and underwater landscape is also very
different from tropical environements but that is why I made the dives. Jim
and the folks at the shop were very freindly and never rushed me. We took
most of the day to do 2 shore dives. He is an excellent instructor. He made
sure I understood each step of the class and helped me with gear.  If you
are ever in San Diego and would like to do a morning tour of the La Jolla
Canyon, OEX is the place to go to.  They are a short walk to the beach from
their shop. Parking is easy if you get there early (before 9am). And the
folks that work at the shop are extra friendly and helpful.
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