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Dive Review of Down Under Dive Shop/Young's By The Sea in
The Continental USA/Gulf Shores, AL

Down Under Dive Shop/Young's By The Sea, Aug, 2004,

by Clem Clapp, AL, US (Contributor Contributor 14 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 1252.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Mostly Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather cloudy Seas calm, noCurrents
Water Temp 78 to 79 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 40 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Structured. Everyone down the tag line and anchor line. Anyone back on board with less than 500 lbs and more than 30 minutes bottom time was subject to sitting out second dive.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 1 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Dedicated table and rinse bucket for cameras. Staff reminded all divers to refrain from other use.

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

Accommodations 2 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 1 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Great boat. 46' Newton. Much better than their old boat. All shop and boat personnel were good in boat and under water. Dive briefing was extensive and diving heavily structured. One dm later told me that they dealt with many once a year divers and students and had to be as such. After a short discussion, they allowed my daughter and I a bit more freedom.
Lot of silt, etc in water lending to poor viz. Pretty routine for the area. Jellyfish infestation was moderate. Glad I wore my skins.
Saw a number of octopus, toadfish, jacks, blue angels and assorted other tropicals and a large 30" loggerhead rubbing himself on the prop shaft of the Naval Tug. Highlight was a 12' manta that hung with us for 10 minutes or so. Seemed as though he enjoyed socializing with us.
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