I had been diving several places (mostly warm and scenic): Hawaii, Mexico, Florida, the Bahamas; as well as a very interesting inland spot in New Mexico, but never anywhere like Rhode Island. Well today I finally did it, after living here almost a year.
It was quite different than what I expected in several ways. 1) Even though now the water is the warmest of the year, I still had it in my head that it was ice cold here, all the time. It was actually pretty nice. The thermocline was a bit cool, but not the least bit uncomfortable. 2) The visibility was awful, compared to everywhere else I’ve been. 10-20 ft here seems to be good. By "tropical" standards, that’s pretty bad. 3) There were not many fish, and there were not any interesting fish at all. 4) There were a lot of sea jellies and sea stars. The sea jellies part is a little scary! 5) Lobster catching seems to be pretty popular with divers here, and I’m not a big fan of stuff like that.
All in all, it was pretty different from my expectations, but I had a good time. It’s a hell of a lot easier to dive here than to fly to Florida or anything. I’d like to try at least a few more places here. Maybe then expand into Massachusetts and Connecticut.