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Dive Review of MDT Divers/H2O Below in
The Continental USA/Pensacola, Florida

MDT Divers/H2O Below, Jul, 2008,

by David Schwab, AE, USA (Contributor Contributor 14 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 4306.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Red Sea, Thailand, Norway, UK, Spain, Turks & Caicos, Ireland, Bahamas, Cyprus, Croatia, Italy, France, Hawaii, Key Largo
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 75 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 30 to 40 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Recommended no more than 130 ft; remain around the "island" of the carrier because that's where all the life is (albeit limited).
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 2 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Bucket available, captain and crew supported UWP needs.

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 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Dived the USS Oriskany from the mv H2O Below, thru MDT Divers in Pensacola. Dive shop provided standard dive equipment and made a computer available after the dives to view images taken. MDT Divers made me feel like a member of their group not just a paying customer. Thanks, guys!! CAPT Douglas runs a tight ship on the H2O Below. He and the (unpaid/tips only) crew/DM take good care of all the divers. The DM accompanied divers onto the USS Oriskany, but didn't herd them or keep them from exploring what they wanted. One of them showed me where an octopus was & and I got a great photo. The USS Oriskany is huge . . . no point in seeing the flight deck tho, it's at about 130 ft, and there's not much to see. Divers concentrate on the island; not a whole lot of life. Due to weather conditions (Hurricane Faye on the way) we dived only 2x (day 3 of a 4 day trip), but frankly I can't see diving a lot on the "O" unless you plan to spend more time at depths beyond 130 ft, which means deco, tech, or rebreather. Highly recommend MDT Divers and the H2O Below.
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