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Dive Review of American Diving in
The Continental USA/Texas

American Diving: "Texas Clipper, American Diving", Jul, 2015,

by Mary K Wicksten, TX, US (Contributor Contributor 14 reports with 5 Helpful votes). Report 8304.

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Pre-dive briefing on day before trip and just before each of 2 days of diving. Takes about an hour to get to sunken ship, can be choppy. Seats in cabin or outside at bow--can be splashed! Boat ties off to buoy, divemaster attaches side line. Crew puts your tank on you at stern, you follow side line to buoy line and go down to ship. Shallowest point is 70 feet because ship lies on its side. Day 1 visibility barely 10 feet but calm seas and 50 foot visibility on day 2--great views of this big former training ship. Maps available to show you where to find commemorative plaques and ship's wheel. Wicked thermocline at 40-60 feet: 75 degrees above, 70 below--don't wear a shorty! Huge schools of red snapper, "baitfish" and spadefish. No big stuff except for southern stingrays and a few barracuda, butterflyfish, blue angels, sharpnose puffers, gray trigger, purple reeffish and very shy octopus among cold-water coral clusters. Divemaster found one lionfish. Very efficient crew, great opportunity for wide-angle photography.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean, Bahamas, Costa Rica, Galapagos, western Mexico, California, Hawaii, Fiji, Palau, Yap, Australia, New Guinea, Florida springs
Closest Airport Harlingen Texas Getting There Most people drive

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 74-70°F / 23-21°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 10-50 Ft/ 3-15 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions No wreck penetration, no free descents
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Great opportunities for wide-angle shots. Light can be dim--be prepared.
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