I went diving over the weekend off Carolina Beach. I went with Cape Fear Divers....I don`t think I will book again with them when I return next summer.
They had a large boat....and most of the people on the boat were students who were getting open water certified. We went to The Stone, a tug boat that sank during a storm some 20 years ago. I was buddied up with a nice guy named Doug.
So, the viz was much much better than I anticipated with 35 feet. The wreck was kind of cool. And the fish were awesome. There were hundreds of amberjack swimming around us and star fish everywhere. A bunch of sea urchins with shells on their backs and a few barricuda. I believe I even saw my first shark, but not postive because it was just gone before I got a second look.
Anyway, Doug was a big guy and he sucked down his air, so we weren`t down very long. We`re going up the anchor line and the students were going down still. It was a 55-60 foot dive, so Doug and I stopped to do our 3 minute safety stop and about 45 seconds into it, we were yanked out of the water from 20 feet by these novice divers who hadn`t let the air out of their BCs and as a result yanked the line out of the water playing their games. As it was happening, Doug and I were doing our best to get back down but I was still worried.
So, I sat out the second dive. Probably just as well since it was on the same wreck. Which, I totally did not get. In Florida, we do multiple sites...not just re-dive the same site.
The trip cost me twice as much as it would have in Florida, too!!!!
And then, they didn`t even have crackers or ginger snaps or any of the little things that Florida captains keep on board when I go diving.
I don`t do well with change so that might have something to do with my disappointment.
I will dive in North Carolina again, just not with this dive company.