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Old 06-22-2015, 02:49 PM   #1
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I'm planning a dive trip for 4-5 of my buddies from college. We all became certified 3 years ago in the same class and are relatively novice divers.
I have been on 5 dives since becoming certified and most of the others guys are around that same level of experience.

My question is what wrecks would you advise us visiting. We want to stay in pretty close, probably inside state waters, so what makes for the best dive in that area?

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Old 06-22-2015, 03:00 PM   #2
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Joe Pattie reef, Three Barges, and Tex Edwards are all relatively shallow nice dives.

My first boat dive was to the YDT-14 and it was an amazing experience. It's about 75-90 feet deep though.

Will you be taking your own boat or using a charter?
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I'll be in my own boat. We've taken it out pretty far before.

I was thinking Tex Edwards as a possibility. What about the Russian Freighter? Is that in state waters? I've always wanted to dive it.
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Are you wanting to Spearfish or just dive?
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Are you wanting to Spearfish or just dive?
Personally, I just want to dive, but I can't say for the others, but I would bet on someone wanting to spearfish.
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What about the Russian Freighter? Is that in state waters? I've always wanted to dive it.
Russian Freighter is a decent dive. Not my favorite simply because it's not intact. If you were going to bring them 80 something feet deep, I think the YDT is a more impressive dive. It's a 130' tug boat.
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If you just want to dive, any of the above will work. If you are looking for fish you are going to struggle on the patty, tex and 3 barges. Thy hold fish, but not a ton of big stuff that won't run from you quickly. The Tex holds sharks, as do the others. I would hit the mayor and Paradise. Both are good dives and give you some fish. The Mayor is 60' and Paradise is 90.
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Take this for what it is worth: If you shoot fish on the big public stuff, there is a 95% chance that a shark will show up. If you have 5 dives in 3 years, I would be reluctant to shoot fish. Not knowing how the other divers are going to react when a bull shark shows up would make me cautious.
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Besides the shark thing, I would be reluctant to give new divers a speargun at a deep reef like that. That adds a big "x factor". You will have plenty of fun just diving and observing a big new world.
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Don't worry too much about sharks, especially if you're not spearing.
The Russian Freighter is a great dive, but I rarely go there... It's one of the closer wrecks at about 9 miles, and it's almost always crowded.
The Pete Tide II is another really nice dive and it's not too far out.
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