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Dive Review of Chris Sawyer Diving Centre/Renaissance Grand Beach Resort] in
Virgin Islands/St. Thomas

Chris Sawyer Diving Centre/Renaissance Grand Beach Resort], Jan, 2003,

by Stephen Moore, Ontario, Ontario . Report 549.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, Little Cayman, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, Turks & Caicos, Mayan Riviera, Bahamas, Hawaii, Curacao
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 25 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Depth and time limits.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 2 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments No dedicated camera table or rinse tank. However, crew were very helpful in assisting with still and video cameras. Also very helpful in assisting in find subjects to photograph or video.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments The diving around the east of end of St. Thomas is average. The crew was very friendly and helpful and showed us the best of what was available. The hilight of the trip was the visit to the RMS Rhone. These two dives were fantastic and the the Rhone's reputation is well earned. Chris Sawyer gives a 45 minutes history talk on the way to the site which has more info than any of the books I have subsequently read. The crew is a lot of fun to dive with but very safety concsious. My wife's reg needed to have its tuning tweaked and this was done overnight at no charge. My high pressure hose blew at the beginning of the second dive on the Rhone. I thought my second dive was toast. After I threw my BC onto the dive platform in disgust Chris Sawyer had installed a new hose and SPG on my regulator by time I dragged myself onto the dive platform. The second dive was saved and I got some great video.
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