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Dive Review of Olympus Dive Center in
The Continental USA/North Carolina

Olympus Dive Center, Aug, 2009,

by Larry, CA, USA (Contributor Contributor 13 reports). Report 5041.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]Great Barrier Reef, various So. Pacific sites, all over Mexico and Caribbean, Cocos, Galapagos, Thailand/Burma, Viet-Nam, Italy, Greece , PNG, Channel Islands/Catalina
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 73 to 79 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 15 to 30 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]Don't go down further than your dive computer indicates is max safe depth ( I was on 30% Nitrox) and surface with 500 psi minimum.Each diver paire with a dive buddy
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals N/A Tropical Fish N/A
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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]

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Olympus' web site suggests great visibility in August and water temperatures around 80. Perhaps these exist. But on my 3 days of diving vis was 15-30 ft. with a lot of particulate in water and numerous jelly fish. The boat's divemaster laid out "wreck reel" lines on the wrecks We dove ( each dive was on a wreck) so divers could follow the line while viewing the wreck and then return to the anchor line , again following the wreck reel line This line was helpful given the limited vis. We descended/ascended on the anchor line to avoid being carried off by strong currents.Water temp on surface about 79F, but at around 40 ft hit thermocline and temp dipped to 73-5F. Crew very proficient and safety-oriented.The dives I did were not for novices given the strong currents and limited vis, plus pitching dive boat as We left and retruned to the boat.Boats had no compressor aboard. So needed to switch out tanks after each of the day's two dives- each diver switching out his/her own tank. Olympus offers and encourages Nitrox, and the Olympus mix is 30%. Boats crowded my 3 days of diving. With a few exceptions, all divers were very experienced and some dove with double tanks.Saw no Sand Tiger Sharks and could not dive the Nazi sub as currents too strong that day at sub's dive site.
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