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Dive Review of Olympus in
The Continental USA/North Carolina (Atlantic)

July, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Ed Noga, OH, USA
Reviewer   (6 reports)
Report Number 1791
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Just about everywhere--from the Galapagos to Truk Lagoon, Caribbean,
California, but especially the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River. Lake
Erie is my "home" lake.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
74   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 120    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
They wanted everyone to buddy dive, but after the first dive paid no
attention to it.   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
They had a table and a rinse tank. Good enough.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
1 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
Ah, Mighty Olympus: What's happened to you? I've been with this dive
operation many times in the past, have even taken courses with them. OK,
it's a cattle-boat operation, for sure, but they still get you out to the
wrecks, and weren't reluctant to take us offshore to the Papoose and Schurz
despite somewhat rough seas. It was a long, slow,  trip to the Papoose, and
lots of folks chummed the sea with their breakfast, particularly after they
sat around in their dive gear sweating in 90 degree weather in a rocking
boat while the divemaster gave a looonnggg dive briefing. The Papoose was
excellent, as usual, with sand tigers, turtles and lots of other fish. Nice
dive. The boat meandered over to the Schurz, and I do mean meandered. They
wanted everyone to wait two hours before the next dive, even if you were on
nitrox (no deco diving permitted). The Schurz was wonderful, with 120-ft.
viz on the empty bottom. Empty because half the divers gave up and didn't
do the second dive, choosing to sleep or hurl some more instead. Their
loss. We then enjoyed an hour of weighing anchor--or was the crew
spearfishing...I dunno--followed by the slowest boat ride in calm seas I've
ever taken. Hey, fuel costs are high, I guess. We arrived at the shop that
morning at the prescribed 6:15 and returned to the dock at 5 p.m. That's a
long day for two dives. Lots of fun, though, until we tried to get our
money back for cancelling the next day's dives. Olympus' refund policy is
if they fill your spot, you get your bucks back. At least, that's it on
paper. Inquiring if the boat was filled for the next day ("Oh yeah,
full boat."), and then asking for the refund, we got hems and haws,
and a slip of the tongue: "Oh, we RARELY give refunds." Yeah, I
get it. I'll be returning to Discovery Diving down the road next time, an
operator that recently gave us a refund when we did one, rather than two,
dives because of the weather. No "store coupon," no BS, unasked
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