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Dive Review of Bonne Terre Mine in
The Continental USA/St. Louis, MO

Bonne Terre Mine, Oct, 2005,

by Jack Gullo Jr., MD, USA (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 23 reports). Report 2991.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving all over the world
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather Seas noCurrents
Water Temp 58 to 0 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 100 to 0 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions 7 mm suit or drysuit needed. Dive in groups following tour - with dive leader in front and one in back. Skills test before the first diver regardless of experience (as an instructor even I had to do it)
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Abandon lead mine - water is crystal clear; there is no marine life, but the mine equipment - cart; trains; tools, drills, are just left as there were when the place flooded. Some overhead environments, but mostly open to the underground cavern above. No need for lights - all trails are lit from above.

This place is a great dive - very unique. The staff is very safe - briefings before the dive, dive leaders on the dive; and surface support available.

Trails get progressively more challenging - this is something worthwhile!
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