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James M. Robertson Quarry - Blanche Prison - PDRA - Blanch NC


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The Piedmont Diving and Rescue Association, Inc. (PDRA) is an organization that is chartered by the Secretary of State of North Carolina under NC Statutes 55A, non-profit corporations. Members of PDRA are individual and family divers predominately from North Carolina, southern Virginia and upper South Carolina. Our purpose is to promote safe scuba diving and to offer our members affordable inland diving. PDRA offers the finest inland diving in North Carolina. The benefits offered by the PDRA cannot be matched by any other dive organization for the same fee. Members have year round access to the dive sites. Quarries are open 24/7, 365. All members are issued a key to the quarry gate. The PDRA is not a seasonal operation; fall and winter diving is just as popular as spring and summer.

Cost for membership in PDRA is currently 70.00 a year + a one time 20.00 new member fee unless your membership lapses. If that happens, you have to pay the $20.00 again. Family plans are available. Each additional diving family member is 10.00/year while non-divers are no charge.

Facilities provided at all quarries include changing areas (trailers or buildings), picnic shelters with tables, sanitation facilities, easy entry areas and parking. J.M. Robertson Quarry in Caswell County has a large building (over 3300 square feet) with electricity, where clubs and large groups can meet for social activities.

Over 1000 divers including their families have found affordable diving with access to the conveniently located PDRA Quarries a fun alternative to expensive ocean diving. Our facilities are open to members 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. These facilities offer opportunities for honing diving skills as well as camping and cooking out. Our quarries offer interesting underwater "attractions" as well as dressing and bathroom accommodations (some with electricity).

More info shorediving.com/Earth/USA_East/North_Carolina/Bla...che_Prison/index.htm

Comments

Kmartin - 10 days 17 hours ago.
I went scuba diving here on 10/6/2018. Average viz: 5-10ft/2-3m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
Fresh water Jellies are starting to show up!
Kmartin - 17 days 10 hours ago.
I went scuba diving here on 9/29/2018. Average viz: 5-10ft/2-3m. Water temp: 76-80°F/24-27°C.
Little heavy on weight, could loose 1 or 2 pounds
Kmartin - 8/26/2018 11:51 PM
I went scuba diving here on 7/25/2018. Average viz: 16-20ft/5-6m. Water temp: 76-80°F/24-27°C.
Kmartin - 8/26/2018 11:47 PM
I went scuba diving here on 6/17/2018. Average viz: 11-15ft/3-5m. Water temp: 81-85°F/27-29°C.
Kmartin - 5/31/2018 7:37 PM
I went scuba diving here on 5/29/2018. Average viz: 5-10ft/2-3m. Water temp: 76-80°F/24-27°C.
60 degrees at 30 feet, thermocline at 13 feet and another around 20 feet
Kmartin - 9/10/2017 9:17 PM
I went scuba diving here on 9/9/2017. Average viz: 11-15ft/3-5m. Water temp: 66-70°F/19-21°C.
Water temp 57 degrees Fahrenheit at 68’
1st dive- deep water
2nd dive -navigation- grid search- cycle kicks
3rd dive-search and recovery- find coins in settiment and wheel lift with airbag

Deep dive 3 mil 16lbs weight
Other dives no wetsuit 12 lbs
Start to advance certification
fletch944t - 8/28/2017 7:12 AM
Dove here on 08/27/17. Visibility for one of the PDRA quarries was surprisingly adequate around the outside edges (around 15 feet). Not quite as good in the middle and over the deepest parts of the quarry (10 feet). At the Shark Tank, visibility dropped to 5 feet or less.

The thermocline was at around 25 feet and, as already mentioned, the water was warm above the thermocline (low to mid 70°Fs). However, below the thermocline, temperatures dropped dramatically. On the first dive we saw temperatures at the school bus (65 feet) that were as low as 56°F. On our second dive when we went down to the Shark Tank (80 feet), my dive profile saw as low as 52°F on the ascent back up. Needless to say, with all of us diving 3mm wetsuits, even with hoods and gloves we didn’t spend a great deal of time below the thermocline.

We saw lots of fish including a Paddlefish and an Albino Catfish. Overall, two really good dives. I will go back here. However, next time I hope to be equipped with at least a 7mm wetsuit.
Kmartin - 8/13/2017 10:35 PM
I went scuba diving here on 8/12/2017. Average viz: 11-15ft/3-5m. Water temp: 76-80°F/24-27°C.
GreggS - 8/06/2017 7:06 PM
I went scuba diving here on 8/6/2017. Average viz: 11-15ft/3-5m. Water temp: 66-70°F/19-21°C.
Colliam7 - 5/19/2017 12:23 PM
Rating Added: 4
JMR is a good spot for recreational diving, and skills practice. It is C-O-L-D, so it really isn’t ideal for a 3mm shorty (although i have seen that). It has reasonable depth (90+ ft) which makes it somewhat unique in the area. I have conducted OW classes there, and it ’works’, but he shallow area is a bit on the small side compared to say, Fantasy Lake. The organization, and the quarry manager, have worked hard over the years to up-fit the on-shore facilities, and make it an attractive dive site. Kudos to them

Perhaps, the very best thing about JMR - and all of the PDRA quarries - is access. For you annual membership ($70), you get 24/7/365 access! Go to Fantasy Lake 4 times and you have already spent more on dive site admission than you will in a whole year at JMR. :)
GreggS - 6/26/2016 4:26 PM
I went scuba diving here on 6/26/2016. Average viz: 11-15ft/3-5m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
PDRA Treasure Hunt. Water was warm at top, but thermocline was at around 18-20 feet where it dropped to around 65­­°. Visibility was fairly good at around 15 feet.
GreggS - 8/24/2015 7:31 AM
I went scuba diving here on 8/23/2015. Average viz: 21-25ft/6-8m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
Visibility was much better than expected. Could see at least 20 ft most of the time. Water was cold below 20 ft. Registered 51° @ 55 ft. But overall, a very nice day to dive.
GreggS - 6/28/2015 7:04 PM
I went scuba diving here on 6/27/2015. Average viz: 11-15ft/3-5m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
jsausley - 5/27/2015 10:46 AM
I went scuba diving here on 5/27/2001. Average viz: 16-20ft/5-6m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
Certification dives: 4 dives with Wayne Weatherford (13951) of Burlington Dive Center. Skills performed, boat wrecked, airplane wreckage.
lalalizzysmms - 10/09/2014 4:09 PM
I went scuba diving here on 10/5/2014. Average viz: 21-25ft/6-8m. Water temp: 66-70°F/19-21°C.
Kmartin - 9/30/2014 5:42 PM
Thanks
EricM - 9/30/2014 1:22 AM
I completed my OWD there 28 Sept 2014. Visibilty 20-25 feet, water temp 72-73 above the thermocline. The fish that usually swarm the platform at 15 ft were not there even when the "easy cheese" was brought out. The fish that usually school around the dock weren’t there either. Other divers reported seeing a large number of fish in other areas during their dives, but we didn’t see too many. We did spot one of the paddlefish though.
Kmartin - 9/30/2014 7:57 AM
where you in 3mm or 7mm wetsuit, may head up there this weekend. Thanks, Kent
EricM - 9/30/2014 3:51 PM
I was in a 5mm, but if you are going below the thermocline, you may want a 7mm or to wear a dive skin underneath your suit.
Kmartin - 8/02/2014 7:39 PM
I went scuba diving here on 8/2/2014. Average viz: 11-15ft/3-5m.
Kmartin - 8/02/2014 7:28 PM
I went scuba diving here on 6/3/2013. Average viz: 16-20ft/5-6m. Water temp: 76-80°F/24-27°C.
Kmartin - 8/02/2014 7:25 PM
I went scuba diving here on 6/1/2013. Average viz: 11-15ft/3-5m. Water temp: 76-80°F/24-27°C.

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