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

Off the Wall Charters, Aug, 2003,

by Barbara Petrecca, MD, USA . Report 659.

No photos available at this time

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 3 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments This is not a trip for the light hearted or inexperienced. Expect little viz and a strong current, possible alligator sighting (on the surface) or worse - fast bass boats. It can be a bit spooky, atleast for me. However, for those interested in alittle history and the hunt for treasure, this is a place for you. Discover all sorts of prehistoric shark teeth (all sizes, some partial, some full), fossilized bones, bottles, pottery, arrowheads and more.

This was my second black (and they ain't kidding) water diving trip I got "talked into". But I am glad I went as this trip was better than the first -- mostly due to the difference in diving practices and dive sites of this boat from the first. (Further upriver, no drift diving, easier current, good site condition descriptions.)

Off the Wall Charters Owner and Captain Bill Routh is excellent. He strives to make sure all are comfortable, safe and enjoying themselves while finding treasures. His 32 foot pantoon boat is very spacious for our group of 6. We did 4 dives each of the two days on the river. We all brought home lots of treasures for our collections. And we are already talking about a return trip...

For more information, please see his website [ link]

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Bonaire, Turks & Caicos, St Thomas, Maui, Monterey (CA), Pensacola, Hatteras, Southport, Cooper River (Charleston, SC), Bimini
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 84-86°F / 29-30°C Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 0-2 Ft/ 0-1 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions 1 hour time limit, no intentional drift diving (these restrictions are a good thing.)
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 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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