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

August, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Barbara Petrecca, MD, USA
Report Number 659
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Bonaire, Turks & Caicos, St Thomas, Maui, Monterey (CA), Pensacola,
Hatteras, Southport, Cooper River (Charleston, SC), Bimini
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, currents  
Water Temp
84   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
0   to 2    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
1 hour time limit, no intentional drift diving  (these restrictions are a
good thing.)  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
1 stars  
Small Critters
  3 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
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
This is not a trip for the light hearted or inexperienced.  Expect little
viz and a strong current, possible alligator sighting (on the surface) or
worse - fast bass boats. It can be a bit spooky, atleast for me.  However,
for those interested in alittle history and the hunt for treasure, this is
a place for you.   Discover all sorts of prehistoric shark teeth (all
sizes, some partial, some full), fossilized bones, bottles, pottery,
arrowheads and more.  

This was my second black (and they ain't kidding) water diving trip I got
"talked into".   But I am glad I went as this trip was better
than the first -- mostly due to the difference in diving practices and dive
sites of this boat from the first.  (Further upriver, no drift diving,
easier current, good site condition descriptions.)

Off the Wall Charters Owner and Captain Bill Routh is excellent. He strives
to make sure all are comfortable, safe and enjoying themselves while
finding treasures.  His 32 foot pantoon boat is very spacious for our group
of 6.  We did 4 dives each of the two days on the river. We all brought
home lots of treasures for our collections.  And we are already talking
about a return trip...  

For more information, please see his website [ link]
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