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 Orlando Dive Buddies

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Review Date       AVG       ShoreDiving Site
07/21/2007        2.97      Venice Beach Florida, USA East
We go right off the Concession stand on Venice Beach. Parking can be an issue in the summer so be prepared if you have a lot of gear. There is a bit of a walk to the shore from the parking area. I don't know about anyone else but we've been coming for 2 years and I have NEVER seen 15 foot vis. Ever. Best is about 5...maybe 6 to 8ft in really good conditions. It's a great place for beginners to fine tune their skills and have some fun. Always take a dive flag with you...there are a lot of watercraft out there and they come mighty close at times. You can find yourself getting pretty far out when you are nose down searching for "just the right" shark's tooth so do pay attention. It's not a big deal unless you ascend without much air left and you find you have to surface swim all the way back. It happened to me and I am more careful now. Red Tide can be a big problem here as well. We always check conditions before we head out and that helps. But things can change very quickly under the water so make sure while you are down to look up and around you once in a while to observe your location. It's also really easy to loose your partner.....a tether might be a good idea. You can loose someone in a second or two when it is 3 or 4 ft vis. But overall it's a fun, low stress daytrip dive for us...and no cost except the gas to get there!

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