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Dive Review of Dive Connections in
The Continental USA/San Diego, CA

Dive Connections, Nov, 2005,

by Rich Orman, CO, USA . Report 2152.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Belize, Virgin Islands, Alaska, Colorado, New Mexico
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 63 to 54 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 15 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Surface 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 1 stars Tropical Fish 1 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 2 stars
UW Photo Comments No facilities for set-up, per se. I had to set up my housing on the dock. They have a rinse container on the boat, which was sufficient (I have a video housing). They handled my equipment carefully when I got in and out of the water. I kept it in the rinse area (a large cooler filled with fresh water) at all times when not in use.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments I found this operation on the net (www.gottadive.com), and did a Saturday afternoon two tank dive and a Sunday morning two tank dive. Both were wreck dives about three miles (and 20 or so minutes) off shore. The wrecks were in good shape and there were plenty of fish and other life. Viz varied with time of day and currents, but was pretty good (although I would certainly recommend a good dive light if you want to see color). Their only restriction was to have 500 psi at the top. I wore a drysuit, so I was comfortable, but the wetsuit people seemed cold, and gratefully accepted the hot soup offered before the dive. They had decent snack food and beverages. The boat usually had 10 or 11 divers, and was not cramped, but could probably get cramped if full. The boat has a head. The dock is in mission bay near seaworld.

All in all, a nice operation with good people. Price for a two tank dive was $75, which included tanks and weights. Nitrox was available for an extra charge.
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