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Day on the Cooper River

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A Day on Cooper River Diving with Capt. Tom McMillan
662 McCutchen Circle Charleston, SC 29412-4510
843-693-8485 cell phone

I wish to welcome you to river diving in Charleston! Long known for its appealing geography and numerous bodies of water, Charleston has unique diving opportunities for both beginners and seasoned divers. Settled in 1670 by adventurers from Europe, the rivers have artifacts spanning these centuries of man's attempts to settle the area. Fragments of black glass bottles and pottery chards as well as bricks (the same as those that were used to build Fort Sumter) still lie on the hard marl or gravel bottom, waiting for some lucky diver to distinguish them from the rock and debris. Occasionally the really lucky diver finds more than a "frag"; intact bottles and pottery still lie hidden, trapped among the branches of long submerged tree trunks.

And let's not forget those who were here eons before the Europeans appeared! Various tribes of Indians inhabited the area, and many varieties of their primitive pottery have been found as well as spear points. These date back to approximately 2000 BC! While the intact "Indian pot" is fairly rare, pottery chards from this time frame and slightly later is fairly common, with beginners finding them on their first or second attempt.

And last, but certainly not least, there are the famous Cooper River sharks teeth! Lying in the gravel beds, churned by the ever-constant flow of the river, are fossilized sharks teeth from many ancient species, the most notorious of which is the extinct Carcharodon megalodon. A species from the Miocene to Pleistocene eras whose exact dimensions have long been disputed, Megalodon was BIG by anyone's standards. Samples of its teeth very often are the size of an adult hand, and have been retrieved in large numbers over the years. Bringing back a "big one" is the ultimate quest for rookies and pros alike!

Diving the River requires a reasonably good underwater light and a little extra weight. It is recommended that you have a "goody" bag or reasonably large pockets on you BC and maybe even an extra dive light, for those times when your primary decides to be cantankerous.

You may call me or email me if you have any further questions. I will answer your email promptly, or if you want to speak to me personally, you may call me on the cell phone and you can speak with me directly.

All bookings are handled through Charleston Scuba here in Charleston, so please call them for reservations. The cancellation policy and deposit requirements will be explained to you when you call. If you require directions to the location of departure, which is Bushy Park, there are maps available at Charleston Scuba. Rental gear is also available at the shop, and if you are coming in from out of town and cannot get by the shop before closing on the day before your dive, gear can be waiting for you on the dive boat. The telephone number at Charleston Scuba is 843-763-3483.

By the way, my email address is

I am looking forward to seeing you soon.

Capt. Tom

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