Fort Wetherill

Fort Wetherill
Rhode Island
USA East


Site Review by
 Sharon Hepburn
Date: 11/01/2006


Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Sharon Hepburn Entry:    5.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    3.00
City:   Medford Reef:    4.00
State:   MA Animal:    3.00
Country:   Plant:    3.00
Diving:   7 years Facilities:    4.00
 Dives:   200 Solitude   2.00
    Roads:    5.00


*Average:    3.53
I like Fort Wetherill better than Beavertail mainly for the ease of entry & exit. Doesn't get any easier than this, especially in New England. The boat ramp is the obvious choice for entry, but there are 2 entry points, each on opposite sides of a peninsula. You can do a point to point dive and navigate around the peninsula - even beginners can do this easily. There is an island off the tip of the peninsula and if you have advanced skills, you can navigate around the outside of the island and back around to the other side of the peninsula. But watch out: it gets to 80 feet deep on the left side of the island (if you're standing on shore facing it) so watch your air! If you've used up more than 500 lbs by the time you reach the island, take the inner route back to the peninsula rather than navigating the outside route. Also there is very little light at 80 ft so a flashlight is mandatory. And occasionally there is a ripping current outside the island. If I run into a current there, I feel more comfortable just heading back the way I came rather than risking it. Anyway, lots of flounder, skate, sunfish and stonefish. Also lots cool looking long-leg crabs. Not sure what they're called. This is a fun dive with something for everyone. The down side is EVERYONE is there. Lots of divers and classes so viz can be sketchy.    

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    4.00
Beginner:    5.00
Intermediate:    5.00
Advanced:    5.00
Night diving:    4.00

Seasonal Information

Season:    Summer
Year:    2004
Visibility:    2.00
Current:    3.00
Surf:    5.00

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