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Dive Review of Olympus Dive Center in
The Continental USA/North Carolina

August, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Larry, CA, USA
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Report Number 5041
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
[Unspecified]Great Barrier Reef, various So. Pacific sites, all over Mexico
and Caribbean, Cocos, Galapagos, Thailand/Burma, Viet-Nam, Italy, Greece ,
PNG, Channel Islands/Catalina
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
choppy, currents  
Water Temp
73   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
15   to 30    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
[Unspecified]Don't go down further than your dive computer indicates is max
safe depth ( I was on 30% Nitrox) and surface with 500 psi minimum.Each
diver paire with a dive buddy  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
None 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  N/A
Tropical Fish
N/A  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
N/A  
Large Pelagics
  N/A
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
N/A  
Boat Facilities
N/A
Overall rating for UWP's  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
N/A
Food
N/A
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
Beginners
1 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
Olympus' web site suggests great visibility in August and water
temperatures around 80. Perhaps these exist. But on my 3 days of diving vis
was 15-30 ft. with a lot of particulate in water and numerous jelly fish.
The boat's divemaster laid out "wreck reel" lines on the wrecks
We dove ( each dive was on a wreck) so divers could follow the line while
viewing the wreck and then return to the anchor line , again following the
wreck reel line This line was  helpful given the limited vis. We
descended/ascended on the anchor line to avoid being carried off by strong
currents.Water temp on surface about 79F, but at around 40 ft hit
thermocline and temp dipped to 73-5F. Crew very proficient and
safety-oriented.The dives I did were not for novices given the strong
currents and limited vis, plus pitching dive boat as We left and retruned
to the boat.Boats had no compressor aboard. So needed to switch out tanks
after each of the day's two dives- each diver switching out his/her own
tank. Olympus offers and encourages Nitrox, and the Olympus mix is 30%.
Boats crowded my 3 days of diving. With a few exceptions, all divers were
very experienced and some dove with double tanks.Saw no Sand Tiger Sharks
and could not dive the Nazi sub as currents too strong that day at sub's
dive site.
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