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Dive Review of Wall to Wall Diving/Christopher Columbus in
Cayman Islands

Wall to Wall Diving/Christopher Columbus, Jun, 2003,

by Ched Miller, NH, USA . Report 761.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 1 stars
Comments My son and I dove with Giles and Deanna, Wall to Wall diving, for 16 days in June. My son did his certification dives with Deanna and then we joined the rest of the divers for the next two weeks. The boat, which was the most spacious and comfortable 8 diver boat I have ever been on, and the diving were both handled perfectly with Deanna and Giles coordinating the diving with the divers and between themselves to ensure that everyone received the help they needed yet received that latitude to enjoy the dive as they would like. The first dive each day was on the wall where we went deep and then came up and worked the top of the wall around the boat until we hit 500lbs and surfaced. Giles or Deanna would lead the dive while the other would stay on the boat or do a shallower dive with a student or a young diver. They always managed to get us up on top of the wall when we were at about 1000lbs which was no small trick since there were very experienced divers and very new divers. When we surface one of them was always there to help us up on the boat and the other was always the last one out of the water. The second dive was farther up on the reef and gave us all great bottom time and was a meandering dive which you could go along with Deanna on Giles or loosely follow at your own pace and interest. The advantage of following was Giles and Deanna were that they were much better at spotting the unusual or unique undersea creature then the rest of us.

The attention and awareness that Giles and Deanna had to what was going on with the divers in the water with them was demonstrated by a simple signaling process that us old divers use. They wanted to know when you hit 1000lbs and how I would do that would be to tap my knife on my tank. Sometimes on the second dive they would be 100 feet away and I would just tap the tank and on the first tap they would both turn around, meanwhile none of the other divers would even raise their heads, including my son who was right next to me. It is notable that I never said I would signal them that way and they responded to the signal the first time and every time. I was, and am, quite sure they had us under their watchful eyes but you would never know they did as you enjoyed your dive.

As you would expect for the Caymans the water was clear the wall and reef beautiful and the tropicals prevalent with plenty of morays, turtles and rays cruising the wall.

We stayed at the Christopher Columbus which was great and Giles set us up for two afternoons of sailing on a great 34 footer with captain and crew.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Been diving since 1966 - to many to list]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas calm
Water Temp 80-80°F / 27-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 70-100 Ft/ 21-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Not deeper then 100 feet, dive your computer if you didn't have they loaned you one and taught you how to use it
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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
UW Photo Comments [None]
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