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Recent Conditions

August 21

The Rocks by the U-352 had 60 feet of visibility and the water was 77 degrees.  There were triggerfish, pufferfish, a sea turtle, remoras, butterflyfish, queen angelfish, barracuda, grouper, sea bass, spadefish, and amberjacks.

The second Rock Ledge had 60 feet of visibility and the water was 77 degrees.  There were grouper, red snapper, remoras, queen angelfish, butterflyfish, barracuda, lionfish, sea bass, tomtates, blennies, flounder, and amberjacks.

 

August 20

The Spar had 80 feet of visibility on the first dive and the water was 77 degrees.  The visibility had dropped to 40 feet on the second dive because of the swell.  There were grouper, flounder, gobies, baitfish, barracuda, spadefish, sea bass, silver snapper, tomtates, blennies, red snapper, sheepshead, stingrays, and beeliners.

 

August 19

The Indra had 20 - 25 feet of visibility and the water was 80 degrees.  There were blennies, spanish mackerel, grouper, flounder, at least seven Battlestar Class sand tigers, a sand bar shark, sea bass, spadefish, barracuda, spot tail pinfish, spanish mackerel, amberjacks, and tomtates.

 

August 18

The U-352 had 50 feet of visibility and the water was 77 degrees. There were blennies, red snapper, amberjacks, butterflyfish, queen angelfish, sea bass, barracuda, lionfish, spadefish, sheepshead, beeliners, grouper, spot tail pinfish, and tomtates.

The Aeolus had 60 feet of visibility and the water was 77 degrees.  There were sand tigers, grouper, baitfish, African pompano, barracuda, spadefish, silver snapper, sea bass, tomtates, blennies, and beeliners. 

 

August 17

The Indra had 50 feet of visibility and the water was 80 degrees.  On the afternon charter, the visibility had dropped to 30 feet.  There were blennies, at least 7 Battlestar Class sand tigers on the barge, a sand bar shark, flounder, spanish mackerel, sea bass, spadefish, barracuda, beeliners, amberjacks, and tomtates.

The U-352 had 50 feet of visibility and the water was 77 degrees.  There were blennies,  reticulated moray eels, amberjacks, butterflyfish, queen angelfish, sea bass, barracuda, lionfish, spadefish, beeliners, grouper, stingrays, and tomtates.

Understand NC Weather

So, you're scheduled for a dive and you've seen the forecast...but, you're not sure what it all means?

 

Averages: High Season

May 15 - June 15 & Sept 15 - Oct 15

Water temp: low/mid 70s
Air temp: mid 70s - low 80s
Average visibility: 50' - 100'

June 15 - Sept 15

Water temp: mid 70s - low 80s
Air temp: low 80s - low 90s
Average visibility: 50' - 100'

Averages: Low Season

Oct 15 - Dec 1 & April 15 - May 15

Water temp: mid 60s - low 70s
Air temp: upper 60s - low 70s
Average visibility: 40'- 50'

Dec 1 - April 15

Water temp: upper 50s - mid 60s
Air temp: upper 40s - low 60s
Average visibility: 30'- 50'

Photo courtesy of Dale Hansen
Our prime diving season is May through October when the air and water temperatures are highest, and visibilty peaks, often reaching 100 feet. During the summer months, a 3mm wetsuit is sufficient where as in the spring and fall, a 5mm or 7mm wetsuit is appropriate. Our winter season offers fewer crowds and cooler temperatures, though visibility slightly declines. We recommend either a 7mm wetsuit, or a drysuit, and a hood for winter diving.

NC weather is inherently difficult to predict, even in the final days leading up to a charter.

Sea conditions vary considerably on a daily basis, but tend to be better during the summer. If you're prone to seasickness, we do recommend that you take precautions, even in the calmest of seas.

Keep in mind that forecasts can change dramatically and are, unfortunately, often inaccurate. As such, while we strive to be accommodating, desicions regarding weather are commonly made on the morning of the charter. These decisions include, but are not limited to, cancellation and choice of dive sites, and are made at the sole discretion of the boat captains. We cannot guarantee water clarity, sea state, or a particular dive site. However, in the event of a full cancellation due to weather, all charter deposits are fully refundable.

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