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Dive Review of Cape Ann Divers in
The Continental USA/Gloucester, MA

Cape Ann Divers, Jun, 2003,

by Joseph Gallagher, IN, us (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports). Report 811.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Florida, Philippines, Australia, Thailand, Red Sea
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas choppy
Water Temp 45 to 50 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 8
Water Visibility 10 to 15 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Encouraged to come back on boat with 500 psi
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 2 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities 2 stars
UW Photo Comments New England Diving at its most independant. You are on your own, come with whatever you need and figure out the best way to prepare everything for two dives before getting on the boat

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 2 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Cape Ann Diving offers challenging boat diving for the hardy. Most of the divers from New England dove with drysuits. One diver after fighting the surge in the cold for 20 minutes was found in the Cape Ann Dive shop after the dive buying a dry suit claiming he wasn't going to dive cold again.

Baot dives go to a variety of sites inlcuding one which features diving with Seals. We dove a wreck, Chester Poling, in 80-90 feet of water (depending on tides) at the mouth of Gloucester Bay. Dive is for the experienced as limited visibility, surges and thermal climes tend to challenge beginners. The wreck is covered with anemones and normally crawling with crabs as well as a lobster or two. Locals can obtain a license to catch lobsters. Bring everything you need to be self sufficient on the boat, it acts mainly as a taxi to get you to a site.

There is aboundant shore diving in Gloucester and it is recommended to check with Cape Ann Divers on tides and wind conditions to diecide which is the best shore divesite to choose.
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