Cooper River

South Carolina, USA East
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Snorkeling and Scuba Diving at Cooper River

See www.cla.sc.edu/sciaa/staff/amerc/CooperRiverTrail.htm -- Especially for fossil collectors. 80ft deep, 10ft viz, 40-80DegF<br><br>Comments from Ron Glock: If you have dived in the Cooper River, you need to dive the Clay Banks, as well, for 'whole' diving expedition. If you have a tooth from a prehistoric shark, PLEASE do not sell it as many have done. There are MANY Wooly mammoth molars there, as well as partial tusk(s). In Charleston
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Carolina Dive Locker
Carolina Dive Locker
1303 Ben Sawyer Boulevard
Suite 10
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina 29464
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MANTA
MANTA
195 Ripley Point Drive
Charleston, South Carolina 29412
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Scuba Express
Scuba Express
4042 Highway 17 Business
Murrells Inlet, South Carolina 29576
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Coastal Scuba LLC
Coastal Scuba LLC
1901 Highway 17 South
North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29582
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Columbia Scuba
Columbia Scuba
2701 Alpine Road
Columbia, South Carolina 29223
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Kids Sea Camp
Kids Sea Camp
209 Fallen Oak Drive
Columbia, South Carolina 29229
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South Georgia Scuba Academy
South Georgia Scuba Academy
319 West General Screven Way
Suite 105
Hinesville, Georgia 31313
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Island Dive Center
Island Dive Center
Golden Isles Marina
101 Marina Drive
St Simons Island, Georgia 31522
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Aquatic Safaris
Aquatic Safaris
7041 Wrightsville Avenue
Wilmington, North Carolina 28403
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Scuba Station
Scuba Station
1401 Park Avenue, Suite B
Fernandina Beach, Florida 32034
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Bobby from Sophia
Bobby from Sophia
Jun 18, 2011, 12:00 AM
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A truly great place to find all kinds of artifacts. I have found prehistoric teeth, arrow heads, old bottles, old tobacco pipes. A great dive experience to add to your log book.
Originally posted on shorediving.com
Randy Mills
Randy Mills
Sep 12, 2005, 12:00 AM
scuba
I had heard about this site from a dive buddy of mine in Florida. Although we have plenty of diving to do right around Gainesville, Florida, we decided to take a road trip for a long weekend to see what all the commotion was about. Turns out it was much more than we expected. We could have spent a week just visiting the various wrecks at the site. Our favorite was the Mepkin Plantation Boat -- very eerie and surreal. Perhaps it was the moderate viz below (10ft) or quietness above the water. We were diving at a time of little current, so we were able to float easily over the wreckage site. The Mepkin dock is nearby, and worth checking out, too. The water temperature in February was 50degF, but it gets a lot warmer in the Carolina summer (viz is worse in the summer, too). We made it down to around 40ft, but I think you can go to 100ft if you wanted. There are at least 6 underwater structures to explore, but you really need a map to find them all. There are few dive shops in the area, so you can get an underwater map to take along. We got some really good advice from a local dive shop, so took off on our own. I'd probably recommend getting a guide if you have limited time -- we spent too much time trying to ensure we at the right spots. You'll need a dive flag, a good knife (lots of fishing line down there), and a powerful flashlight. Get some tide tables, and try to dive only on the incoming tide as it will offset some of the river current. The local dive shops can help you out with that part. The best part of the trip? I found an old shark's tooth! This area is known for the fossils, apparently, so I feel pretty lucky to have found something so old. Would I go back again? Yes, it was worth it as a sight seeing trip, a technical dive, and an archeological dig. Nothing like a Carolina river dive to talk about to your Caribbean dive buddies. :-)
Originally posted on shorediving.com
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