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Dive Review of Off The Wall Charters, Inc./na in
The Continental USA/Cooper River, South Carolina

March, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Mary Jo Milazzo, Wi, US (1 report)
Report Number 3450
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Lake Michigan, Lake Superior, Various Caribbean Islands, Bonne Terre Mine,
Many Wisconsin "local" lakes
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
56   to 58    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
2   to 8    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Had 1 hour max down time to allow for best current conditions- no one had
need to exceed it.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
1 stars  
Small Critters
  1 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
2 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars   
5 stars    
What a hoot!!  Diving the black water in the Cooper River for fossillized
shark teeth and artifacts with Bill Routh is the ultimate in adventure
dives.  It is by no means a relaxing vacation; but it is such a refeshing
variation to most other diving experiences.  For the best time, you need to
be comfortable alone in the dark and low viz, capable of some multitasking,
and willing to work in varying intensities of current. We did four dives a
day. In March, our foursome wore and were very comfortable in drysuits. 
Two other guys on the boat were in 3 mils and were chillin'.  A canister
hand-held and/or mounted 10W HID light is the best light to use. Bill sells
and rents the accessories(tools)he finds works the best. Trust him; he
knows and wants you to have a great experience.  He also provided
information to arrange reasonable prices to stay at a nearby hotel. Bill
and his dive master, Greg, were extremely knowledgeable about all aspects
of the river, shared information about the past and present history of the
river and were able to check and identify the fossilized teeth and
artifacts we surfaced with.  We all took home a nice booty and great
memories.  Bill gave very good briefings before each dive.  The river
scenery was gorgeous and wildlife was plentiful, including alligator
sightings on the afternoon ride back to dock.  His pontoon boat is large
and roomy for the 6 person groups he'll take out. I did my homework and
checked out the area and environment before I took the challenge, so I have
no negative feedback. I will take full blade fins next time; my split fins
were ok, but fulls would have been better. Like all the other reads on the
internet have stated; I have to go back and do it again!!  Check out his
website at:     
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