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My name is Brian and I am new to the board. When I was in the Navy about 8 years ago, I did almost 150 dives. All of my dives were salt water, in the Mediterranean, Red Sea, and Persian Gulf. Now that I am out of the Navy, I am ready to start diving again. This time my wife Beth will be diving with me. We are both going through a PADI class, her for the first time and me cuz I am getting old and have forgotten a lot of stuff from 8 years ago.
After we get our cards, I will be looking for places to dive, so I will be bugging this board for suggestions.
I have been snorkeling in some of the lakes around me and I have noticed that the visability is very low, a heck of a lot less than what I was used to. Are there any dives around that have decent visability?
Higgins Lake has good vis most of the year. Of course this is all objective, depending on what your idea of 'good vis' is. Gull Lake, between Battle Creek and Kalamazoo has clear water and pretty good vis most of the time. Many places in the Great Lakes have good vis too. We had semi-poor conditions in Tobermory this past week as a low pressure area had just passed through and we had vis in the 40 foot range in some places, and 10 foot in others. But last year when we were there (a bit earlier in the year) we had some places where the vis had to be 75 feet or so. So it's really dependent on conditions on the surface and the barometric pressure. I've been in Lake Fenton (which was a MUD HOLE much of the time) and seen vis around 25-30 feet.