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Dive Review of Off The Wall Charters, Inc./na in
The Continental USA/Cooper River, South Carolina

Off The Wall Charters, Inc./na, Mar, 2007,

by Mary Jo Milazzo, Wi, US ( 1 report). Report 3450.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 2 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments What a hoot!! Diving the black water in the Cooper River for fossillized shark teeth and artifacts with Bill Routh is the ultimate in adventure dives. It is by no means a relaxing vacation; but it is such a refeshing variation to most other diving experiences. For the best time, you need to be comfortable alone in the dark and low viz, capable of some multitasking, and willing to work in varying intensities of current. We did four dives a day. In March, our foursome wore and were very comfortable in drysuits. Two other guys on the boat were in 3 mils and were chillin'. A canister hand-held and/or mounted 10W HID light is the best light to use. Bill sells and rents the accessories(tools)he finds works the best. Trust him; he knows and wants you to have a great experience. He also provided information to arrange reasonable prices to stay at a nearby hotel. Bill and his dive master, Greg, were extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of the river, shared information about the past and present history of the river and were able to check and identify the fossilized teeth and artifacts we surfaced with. We all took home a nice booty and great memories. Bill gave very good briefings before each dive. The river scenery was gorgeous and wildlife was plentiful, including alligator sightings on the afternoon ride back to dock. His pontoon boat is large and roomy for the 6 person groups he'll take out. I did my homework and checked out the area and environment before I took the challenge, so I have no negative feedback. I will take full blade fins next time; my split fins were ok, but fulls would have been better. Like all the other reads on the internet have stated; I have to go back and do it again!! Check out his website at:

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Lake Michigan, Lake Superior, Various Caribbean Islands, Bonne Terre Mine, Many Wisconsin "local" lakes
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas currents
Water Temp 56-58°F / 13-14°C Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 2-8 Ft/ 1-2 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Had 1 hour max down time to allow for best current conditions- no one had need to exceed 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]
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