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Interested in NC Wreck around the Holidays (Christmas) - Please Help

Discussion in 'South Eastern United States' started by Scuba Stallings, Aug 16, 2011.

  1. Scuba Stallings

    Scuba Stallings Photographer

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
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    Hello All,

    My fiancé and I are interested in doing some penetration wreck dives in NC around Christmas time when we travel to visit her family. While doing research I found many dive shops out of business and not one of the in business shops I e-mailed ever responded to me, thus I am hoping a knowledgeable soul here may be able to help out.

    We'll be staying in Durham, so driving is going to be mandatory. As such is the weather usually an issue in December?
    I need to know what outfits do wreck dives in December, and any recommendations would be helpful.
    What’s the UW Temps usually like that time of year? I.E. how bundled up will we need to be?

    Any info would be greatly appreciated, also if there is an important question that I am missing please do advise me.

    -Chris
     
  2. Pedro Burrito

    Pedro Burrito Moderator Staff Member

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    Check with Olympus Dive Center out of Morehead City, NC. Olympus Dive Center


    Average Dive Conditions
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    [TD="align: center"]Air Temp[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]Water Temp[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]Visibility[/TD]
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    [TD="align: center"]January[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]57*F[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]60*F[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]40ft[/TD]
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    [TR]
    [TD="align: center"]February[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]59*F[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]55*F[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]40ft[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="align: center"]March[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]65*F[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]60*F[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]40ft[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="align: center"]April[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]72*F[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]65*F[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]50ft[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="align: center"]May[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]79*F[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]68*F[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]50ft[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="align: center"]June[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]85*F[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]72*F[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]70ft[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="align: center"]July[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]88*F[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]78*F[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]80-100ft[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="align: center"]August[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]88*F[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]80*F[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]100+ft[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="align: center"]September[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]85*F[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]80*F[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]100+ft[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="align: center"]October[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]77*F[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]76*F[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]75ft[/TD]
    [/TR]
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    [TD="align: center"]November[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]71*F[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]68*F[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]60ft[/TD]
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    [TD="align: center"]December[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]64*F[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]60*F[/TD]
    [TD="align: center"]50ft[/TD]
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    [/TABLE]
     
  3. Scuba Stallings

    Scuba Stallings Photographer

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    Hey Pedro,

    Thanks for the info. It looks like December is going to be chilly diving. Oh YAY! :)
     
  4. rlskill1

    rlskill1 Divemaster

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  5. Scuba Stallings

    Scuba Stallings Photographer

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Mesa, Arizona
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    Thanks for the info rlskill1, I am checking with them and Olympus.

    Does anyone have any recommendations for good wreck diving for advanced rec divers with no penetration experience?
     
  6. rlskill1

    rlskill1 Divemaster

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    Any of the wrecks offshore NC would be good with or without penetration experience. Just stay out of the wreck. Lots to see on the outside anyway!
     
  7. Scuba Stallings

    Scuba Stallings Photographer

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Mesa, Arizona
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    hey rlskill1, thanks for the info. Though I would like to venture into penetration in the not too distant future.
     
  8. rlskill1

    rlskill1 Divemaster

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    Easy penetration dive is the Indra, Others, a little more advanced, are the Spar and the different sections of the Aeolus. (once you chase the sharks out!!)
     

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