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whitworthsa
06-24-2008, 22:24
What is the best and worst visibility you've ever dived in and where?
(Pool classes don't count)

matt151617
06-24-2008, 22:27
What is the best and worst visibility you've ever dived in and where?
(Pool classes don't count)

Not sure of the exact measurement, but less than 5ft... it was a silt-out. Best... I guess it's self-explanatory? I could see pretty far?

Empacher
06-24-2008, 22:28
grand cayman..seemingly unlimited vis...local quarry 3 feet!

dive10killer
06-24-2008, 22:31
Tenkiller is about 4' viz now.
That is an improvement of what it was.

whitworthsa
06-24-2008, 22:32
Let me rephrase this...

Where have you dived that has the best and worst average visibility.

gregor
06-24-2008, 22:35
I've done dives with vis that was somewhere between 8-10...inches. not to much by choice, but in college our local training site was in a small bay where 3 feet was a good day. It sucked, but man we turned out some good divers. If you can navigate well in near 0 vis you can do it anywhere. stick with a buddy when you can't see your waist and you will be a better diver for it. Those were the days :)

Best vis, i don't know, ginnie springs/little river probably tie with vis as far as my light would go.

thesmoothdome
06-24-2008, 22:36
Best: 100-150 feet

Worst: 0-6 inches.

Vercingetorix
06-24-2008, 22:38
Worst viz: Athens Scuba Park, Athens, Texas. Viz was about 3 feet. Have had a silt-out there where viz was 3 inches (difficult to read computer)

Best viz: Catalina Island, California off Casino Point. Viz was 40-50 feet

hooligan
06-24-2008, 22:42
Best: Probably Coz...
Worst: Chatfield Resivoir outside of Denver, CO. Did my open water checkouts there. Viz was about 10-15 inches. And the water was freakin' cold.

ianr33
06-24-2008, 23:10
Best: Cayman and caves in Florida. 100ft+

Worst: Lake Travis. The miky white layer at the thermocline is occasionally so bad it is impossible to see gauges even with a 10 W HID. Only time I have been in genuine zero viz.

bensr
06-25-2008, 00:55
Best: Molokini, Maui, Hawaii. 100+ ft. (Average probably a bit less, but not much!). Anything over 100 ft feels like your on land--you can actually survey the landscape.

Worst: St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada. Worst, 6 inches, most days probably 10 ft? Mighty tides and river output do not make this a hot spot for diving. Good for scallops though!

TRACI
06-25-2008, 07:57
Best - Cozumel
Worse - Athens, TX

USF_Diver
06-25-2008, 08:30
Best Ginne Springs 100Ft+
Worst Troy Springs 10Ft I guess and no light at time eh

mjcoyne
06-25-2008, 08:33
Worst - checkout dives for OW in a lake with 4-8 ft
Best - Gloucester with ~30

I seriously can not wait to go down south and get some good vis dives in, I think I just may be blown away...

Lj82
06-25-2008, 08:46
2 months ago i was diving around a Malaysian island called Pulau Tinggi.
My girlfriend couldn't see me even though i was holding her hands. The vis couldn't have been more than 3 feet. That plus the fact that it was jellyfish season really freaked her out.

Vercingetorix
06-25-2008, 08:59
2 months ago i was diving around a Malaysian island called Pulau Tinggi.
My girlfriend couldn't see me even though i was holding her hands. The vis couldn't have been more than 3 feet. That plus the fact that it was jellyfish season really freaked her out.You must have caught Palau on a bad day:smiley13:

For many, Palau is the dive of a lifetime. You may want to try that one again. Concerning the jellyfish; if they aren't the nasty, stinging kind, that would be awe-inspiring.

chinacat46
06-25-2008, 09:10
Best: Coral Sea ~150'
Worst: Carter Lake, CO after rain maybe 1 inch

Charles R
06-25-2008, 09:17
Best Visability was the Caribian Turks and Cacaos unlimitied Worst Lake Pleasent AZ at timed siltout zero to 5 ft there are good days were vis is 15-50'.

georoc01
06-25-2008, 09:32
Best: Probably Coz...
Worst: Chatfield Resivoir outside of Denver, CO. Did my open water checkouts there. Viz was about 10-15 inches. And the water was freakin' cold.

Cozumel has some amazing vis. To the point you really have to watch your depth.

And as far as Chatfield goes. I'll never forget my first dive out there. We all swam out to the marker dropped down and on the first kick, went into complete silt out conditions.

It was a great place to do my underwater nav class though!

chace_nicole
06-25-2008, 10:01
2 months ago i was diving around a Malaysian island called Pulau Tinggi.
My girlfriend couldn't see me even though i was holding her hands. The vis couldn't have been more than 3 feet. That plus the fact that it was jellyfish season really freaked her out.You must have caught Palau on a bad day:smiley13:

For many, Palau is the dive of a lifetime. You may want to try that one again. Concerning the jellyfish; if they aren't the nasty, stinging kind, that would be awe-inspiring.

Are Pulau Tinggi & Palau different places?

I would love to dive Palau...but for now Cozumel has the best viz I've seen. Worst-Lake Tenkiller...couldn't see my fins!

caroln
06-25-2008, 10:14
The cenotes in Mexico had the best viz I've seen (unless you were in the halocline). Cozumel was also pretty much as far as the eye could see. The worst was a shore dive I did recently at the back bay in Belmar (Jersey Shore). I could see the bottom if I was six inches from it, but not much further. The only way to stay with my buddy was touch contact since one fin kick and they were lost. It was a very enjoyable dive, just meant that your world at any given time was really small.

character157
06-25-2008, 10:19
The best....I am still looking but I know the worst was in a lake and it was right around 2 feet. It got worse as we passed where divers had already stirred it up.

gilboadiver
06-25-2008, 10:24
Best Grand Cayman 95 to 100 , Worst Lake Pleasant Pa. less than a foot (not very pleasant)

fishballer
06-25-2008, 10:25
2 months ago i was diving around a Malaysian island called Pulau Tinggi.
My girlfriend couldn't see me even though i was holding her hands. The vis couldn't have been more than 3 feet. That plus the fact that it was jellyfish season really freaked her out.You must have caught Palau on a bad day:smiley13:

For many, Palau is the dive of a lifetime. You may want to try that one again. Concerning the jellyfish; if they aren't the nasty, stinging kind, that would be awe-inspiring.

Are Pulau Tinggi & Palau different places?

I would love to dive Palau...but for now Cozumel has the best viz I've seen. Worst-Lake Tenkiller...couldn't see my fins!

yeah, pulau tinggi and Palau are different places.

Pulau Tinggie is an island off the coast of Malaysia, and Palau is an independent country south east of the philippines.

harb99
06-25-2008, 10:42
Worst - June 1 @ Mermet (hopefully it gets better this summer) - about 3 to 5 feet

Best was last August in Islamorada, 80 to 100 feet most days - worst was about 60 I think

maverick
06-25-2008, 11:32
My worst was in my back yard pond Zero vis The best was Vortex Springs in Florida

whitworthsa
06-25-2008, 11:39
Sounds like what I'm hearing is go to the caribbean and avoid midwestern US lakes and quarries...Correct?

BouzoukiJoe A.K.A. wrecker130 AKA Chuck Norris AKA joeforbroke (banned)
06-25-2008, 11:44
Best: 100+ feet at the wreck of the Naeco off NC. Worst: probably 2 feet inside a wreck after a silt-out.

Ryanh1801
06-25-2008, 13:14
Best- Athens and CSSP- around 20-25
Worst- Lake Murray, some area's where around 2 inch's vis, to see my computer I was having to hold it against my mask. but that is the kind of diving I like.. Visibility is over rated. :smiley36:

DUnder
06-25-2008, 13:39
Did 2 dives off the coast of Oahu vis was about 100 feet. The worst was a night dive in a Minnesota quarry it was less then 1 foot as we were exiting the water as it was silted out.

diver-wife
06-25-2008, 13:40
Best, Hawaii, 150+, worst, 1 foot, local quarry

Martin2
06-25-2008, 14:02
Best--Grand Bahama
Worst--Checkout dives at Tablerock Lake

Clanggedin
06-25-2008, 14:31
I had my worst vis yesterday. It was in Salem Pond.. I couldn't read my compass 4" away from my face in full sun. I was 9' below the surface (bottom was 15'). It was a fun dive none the less. I did learn how to handle myself in very low visibility and I was with my dive instructor. He said he'll count it as a Night/Low vis specialty dive.

chinacat46
06-25-2008, 14:39
Best- Athens and CSSP- around 20-25
Worst- Lake Murray, some area's where around 2 inch's vis, to see my computer I was having to hold it against my mask. but that is the kind of diving I like.. Visibility is over rated. :smiley36:

Yeah why would you want to go someplace where you could actually see something.:smiley20:

DougNR
06-25-2008, 14:39
Worst: Lake dive - hand in front of your face.
Best: Philippines - 150 ft+

JimHar99
06-25-2008, 16:00
Best Vis was Roatan. On one dive we had over 100 ft.

Worst Vis was at Dutch Springs, doing a Search and Rrecovery (Circular pattern) dive for my AOW. We were the second buddy team to go and the previous team had really silted it up. There was one area of the circle where the vis was 0. I could hold my hand up to my mask and not see it. It was very disorienting.

WetHog
06-25-2008, 16:16
Viz was so bad on my OW check-out that my instructor swam headfirst into the platform while attaching the flag.:smiley19:

navyhmc
06-25-2008, 16:57
Worst vis: Cheney Lake, KS less than 3" Looking for a boat sunk by a storm-found it but it was damaged too badly to lift.

Best: Tie between Bonne Terre and Roatan both over 200' vis. The only thing that puts Roataan over Bonne Terre is the fact that in Roatan I didn't need a wetsuit.

BG9879
06-25-2008, 17:33
Worst? 0 inches. Could not see hand or any guages, even when held to mask...

Lj82
06-25-2008, 21:09
2 months ago i was diving around a Malaysian island called Pulau Tinggi.
My girlfriend couldn't see me even though i was holding her hands. The vis couldn't have been more than 3 feet. That plus the fact that it was jellyfish season really freaked her out.You must have caught Palau on a bad day:smiley13:

For many, Palau is the dive of a lifetime. You may want to try that one again. Concerning the jellyfish; if they aren't the nasty, stinging kind, that would be awe-inspiring.

Are Pulau Tinggi & Palau different places?

I would love to dive Palau...but for now Cozumel has the best viz I've seen. Worst-Lake Tenkiller...couldn't see my fins!

yeah, pulau tinggi and Palau are different places.

Pulau Tinggie is an island off the coast of Malaysia, and Palau is an independent country south east of the philippines.

Yes they are VERY different!
I do not have the chance to dive in Palau yet,
and i won't hesistate to jump into the jellyfish lake in Palau :naughty:
The jellyfish in Pulau Tinggi though, I do not want to mess with them. Half the people in my trip got stung by them.

**'Pulau' means island in Malay, hence you will see most islands in Malaysia-Singapore regions starting with the word Pulau, such as Pulau Hantu, Pulau Tinggi, Pulau Aur etc. It has nothing to do with the pacific nation of Palau**

mselizann
06-25-2008, 21:25
Best- Grand Cayman
worst- Lake Pleasant, PA, 0 vis- in some places like you are continually swimming into a wall of mudd

Sansho
06-25-2008, 21:26
Worst, Candlewood Lake. It starts at 3' and goes rapidly down from there, especially if silt is stirred up.

chinacat46
06-25-2008, 22:33
Hey I grew up on Candlewood Lake. Never dived there though.

jimmysdevoted
06-25-2008, 23:35
the cherokee lake after a rain.. ist awful all that red clay washing in.......

sidneydiver
06-26-2008, 00:13
I dive a lot in Jupiter and Palm Beach and the best I've seen has been top to bottom perfect, 100ft+, and the worst, maybe 1ft!

bkp
06-26-2008, 00:26
Worst: Lake Lanier in Georgia... consistently...

Best: Key Largo on the Spiegel Grove.. we were able to see the entire bow almost to the sandy bottom, from the mooring ball on the surface, before we descended... probably about 120'+

aiseson
06-26-2008, 11:45
Worst - NY harbor off the statue of Liberty couldn't see my flashlight in front of my face....

was an enviromental clean up dive in about 1993

MSilvia
06-26-2008, 11:59
Worst was on the Chester Poling wreck off Gloucester, MA. Not silted out, but vis was only 6 inches. I've seen the same site with 30+ feet of vis.

Best was probably 100 feet or so on the Speigel Grove. I honestly have trouble judging vis when it's that good, but I could see a lot of the ship all at once.

Vegas
06-26-2008, 12:33
I have a lot more experience with the "worst vis" catagory.....

Diving Lake Mead in the summer with the algae bloom can really be an
experience, 2' - 5' vis could be the norm shore diving there. -- add a
silt-out condition and I'd say I've seen it around 6" give or take?
(we make the trek down to Lake Mohave now in summer!)

as for Great vis? I think the max I've experienced so far was 55' - out
near Anacapa...
Though once in early spring I saw 50' vis in Lake Mead! Amazing.

FriscoRays
06-26-2008, 13:49
Best - Cozumel
Worse - Athens, TX

Another vote for Athens SP as worst vis. To be fair, it was raining before and during the open water dives but visibility was maybe 1.5 feet (charitably). We huddled on the dive platforms, instructor would emerge from somewhere and I would do the drills before the instructor disappeared to visit the unseen fellow student to my left or right. Attempt was made to swim around a bit but this was aborted after much havoc ensued.

Best vis:
I'm assuming Lake Travis, were I'll be doing AOW next month, will be better. If not, I anticipate French Polynesia in August will be quite good.

Karletto
06-26-2008, 15:49
1 feet in gulf of Triest, Italy
95 feet -> Lavdara island, Croatia

cummings66
06-26-2008, 16:30
0 Vis at a local lake, 50+ feet at a local springs.

beperkins
10-14-2008, 13:30
Best:In the Midwest:Bonne Terre Mine 50 to 75ft depending on crowds
In my experience: Jamaica 75ft

Worst:Rolla Mo quarry with OW classes going on. You hold your computer up to your mask and have a hard time reading it. Makes dives in the warm ocean with good viz a piece of cake though.

ScubaDude
10-17-2008, 22:39
Best viz? North Carolina, 120+

Worst viz? Strawberry Point, MD. Volunteering for The Chesapeake Search and Recovery Dogs. 2 feet max, very rewarding though, it was nice being there to help out.

Athena2c
10-17-2008, 22:45
Best: Roatan 120+

Worst: My first checck out dive in Monterey Bay..maybe 3 ft (with wicked surge) :smiley11:

Bassoonin
10-18-2008, 00:47
Best: Cabo San Lucas: 50+ ft.
Worst: 2nd day of OW check out dives in Monterey vis about 6-10" with surge.:smiley11:

It was soo bad that the DM brought us starfish to look at.

17-40
10-18-2008, 20:43
Best Vis White star in Toledo Ohio 30+
Worst Pymatuning most any time lucky if you see to the end of your arm

UCFKnightDiver
10-20-2008, 07:47
Best:In the Midwest:Bonne Terre Mine 50 to 75ft depending on crowds
In my experience: Jamaica 75ft

Worst:Rolla Mo quarry with OW classes going on. You hold your computer up to your mask and have a hard time reading it. Makes dives in the warm ocean with good viz a piece of cake though.

do you have a current in your quarry there?

USF_Diver
10-20-2008, 08:02
Best Ginnie Springs 100+
Worst Local shore dive on bad day in gulf of mexico 5ft

Navy OnStar
10-20-2008, 09:35
Best: Lesleen M in St. Lucia. Could see the whole Ship (she is approx 65ft down) from the dive boat before we got in the water. better than 100ft vis on the bottom.

Worst: Public Safety Diver - Dive Rescue I Class (Taught by Dive Rescue International in Orange Beach Alabama) 0 inches of visibility. Couldn't see my computer pressed against my mask. Not just the numbers, could not physically see the computer itself.

shawnwill36
10-20-2008, 10:07
diving is much more fun if i can see at least 15-20 ft

reeldive
10-20-2008, 10:22
Best: Water Cay Bahamas
Worst : Thunk! I just foud the bottom, near-shore dive off PC FL

Moxie
10-20-2008, 12:07
Best - a blue hole in Florida. Incredible viz, like 200+ feet.

Worst - through a plankton bloom / silt storm in the summer at Whytecliff park. You couldn't see your hand in front of your face until you got below 60'. Yuck.

ScubaJ
10-20-2008, 12:58
Best: Cozumel 100+
Worst: Travis 1ft to 2ft max. Basically just bump along the bottom.

monant
10-21-2008, 06:48
Best: Virtually unlimited
Worst: During a nav course I literally had to hold the compass either on my mask or within 1 to 2 inches.

MDDIVER
10-21-2008, 08:11
Dutch Springs PA 30-40ft best guess seamed like forever after what I am use to.

Willow Springs- could not see the fins on my feet. has nothing to do with me being short and fat.

tina
10-31-2009, 17:46
Worst - Long Island Sound, going down to collect lobster traps
Best - funnily, off the island of Vis in Croatia, the Komiza side of the island. I actually thought this entire thread was about Vis (the island)

scubarobin
10-31-2009, 18:43
best: Cozumel, vis had to be at least 200', as far as we could see it was like glass.
worst: Aurora Reservoir, Denver Colorado, I had to hold onto my buddy as I couldn't really see him, so maybe 2' at best and lime green. Eeeewwww!

rednose83
10-31-2009, 20:57
Best: Weeki Wachee (head spring) 200+ Feet
Worst: Hudson Grotto 5-7 feet

Okc_diver
10-31-2009, 21:57
best: Cozumel (any spot)
worst: my AOW at Elmer Thomas (Lawton, Ok) @ 60 feet down, 1 foot vis, dark, cold, sun going down and no dive light for me or the OWSI.

redsoxphan
11-01-2009, 08:08
Best - St. Thomas USVI (seemed like it was unlimited)

Worst - VT's very own Lake Champlain (1 - 2 ft max)

bigfishK9
11-01-2009, 08:11
Have to add the crystal clear waters of Mt. Storm WV. Especially if your going down after a group doing their checkout dives. Going to be a good foot of viz.

Caribbean sites were very clear.

crandf
11-01-2009, 10:12
Silfra in iceland, incredibly clean, clear and cold water. But I only snorkelled there.
Worst would be at Tioman in june 2009, but I haven't had many dives or snorkelling yet

Rockhound76
11-02-2009, 07:53
the wurstest: Saltwater--Mobile Bay while diving as part of a research project and running vibra-cores. Freshwater--Tied between Lake Oliver, near Columbus, GA (trying to recover some items from a sunken boat) and Galveston Bay (Offatts Bayou B.A.D Stony Crab Contest).

bestestever: Mmmm....saltwater had to be a tie between Cozumel and Grand Cayman. freshwater: The "3rd Cave", Morrison. I believe it is sealed off now. That one was so clear, part of the cave-system boil, it didn't seem like water. I loved that place but never returned after it went "commercial".

Jack Hammer
11-02-2009, 19:22
Old Thread.

Best I've dove was in Roatan, Honduras - not sure the exact vis but it had to be 150'+.

Worst has been in Lake Michigan and Lake Erie, both down to ~1' for entire dives with portions done by braile in 0' vis.

boates
11-03-2009, 09:12
Halifax harbor, 6", yes 6"!

Best T&C seemed endless........150'+, yes

Josh P.
11-03-2009, 12:39
Worst: Lake Murray, SC been where it was less than 1 ft. I actually swam into a stump because I didn't see it.

Best: Blue Grotto in Williston,FL...100'

captain
11-03-2009, 21:23
Worst less than 1 foot in Lake Ponchartrain in Louisiana, best 150'+. oil rig 50 miles off the Louisiana coast in 400 feet of water.

USF_Diver
11-10-2009, 10:30
Worst: hospital hole 1ft at the bottom
Best: Ginnie Springs 100ft plus

Rockhound76
11-10-2009, 15:15
Worst less than 1 foot in Lake Ponchartrain in Louisiana, best 150'+. oil rig 50 miles off the Louisiana coast in 400 feet of water.


Dat's right, cher. I recall going on a nighttime spearfishing dive in Lake Ponchartrain (with the hurricane warning flags flying) cuz we was gonna get us some "tarpon" down in "the hole".

Didn't see nary a tarpon. Saw some sheepshead from 1' away. I recall having to arch my arm back to get my tip on the right side of the fish before pulling the trigger.

We climb out of the water, and some guy driving down the road (off the west end marina) tossed a beer bottle and hit my buddy in the back.

I won't go into how we managed to convince ourselves this was a smart plan. After all, it WAS New Orleans. That viz ties for my worst. That idea was definitely my worst, no contest.

rednose83
11-11-2009, 13:00
Worst: hospital hole 1ft at the bottom

Hospital Hole was about 40ft vis this am at 90 ft.

USF_Diver
11-11-2009, 14:59
Worst: hospital hole 1ft at the bottom

Hospital Hole was about 40ft vis this am at 90 ft.


Nice, I read its hit and miss there.

rednose83
11-11-2009, 17:23
Worst: hospital hole 1ft at the bottom

Hospital Hole was about 40ft vis this am at 90 ft.


Nice, I read its hit and miss there.

I've heard the same. We left around noon and the cloud was rising so I'm sure by the pm vis wasn't even close to 40.

Dihusky
11-27-2009, 22:33
3" photographing evidence patches on a container ship undergoing a hull scrub in Sydney harbour, unlimited about 20 miles off Sydney in 3000ft of water filming blue sharks.

Used to love watching students doing zero viz training on tether lines for a cave diving course, no masks and buddy breathing as well! Seen instructors bail on that one!

PhD4JC
01-25-2011, 20:19
Worst, White GA quarry ~10 feet
Best, was not an actual dive, I snorkeled a cenote in Playa del Carmen (don't remember which one), wish I had dived it instead (was with nondivers), it was like swimming in glass, crystal clear water.

BUDMAN
01-25-2011, 21:45
worst Lake Ft.Gibson by Wagoner,Ok looking for my friends Bronco that he parked on a boat ramp and it rolled into the lake 0 vis but I found it. we winched it out with a tow truck he dried it out and then sold it.

best Catalina 60 ft or more

Gonnagettanked
01-26-2011, 06:49
Worst Back Beach Rockport Mass 3-5ft/ Best Half Moon Bay Akumel 50ft

DMWiz
01-26-2011, 08:47
Best 100+ FT Right here in FTL. The worse vis was less than a foot also right here, actually Biscayne Bay in Miami under a dock trying to salvage a sunken flats boat after a storm in 15' of water. I could not see my hand at the end of my out stretched arm.

packjk
03-08-2011, 14:13
Best...Blue Grotto in Williston(I think), FL...100ft

Worst...Lake Murray, SC for check out dives and whenever I want to get wet b/c its in my back yard...7ft

fire diver
03-08-2011, 15:15
Worst was in Lake Tenkiller, about 6-12 inches
Best was in a Mexican cenote, it was so clear it seemed more like floating in air. As clear as water could be.

angie_nrs
03-09-2011, 09:16
I'll chime in even though I've only snorkeled and haven't been very many places. But, with that in mind, I have snorkeled in the Camen Islands and was totally blown away! It seemed as if we could see forever!!

tk trekers
03-09-2011, 16:31
Worst - Tyler State Park (Texas) for a regular dive, 1' in areas, Possum Kingdom during a clean up, 0' vis.
Best - Cozumel, over 100'

cgvmer
03-09-2011, 17:17
Same dive site for both...Cenote Angelita at 100'ft you are able to see the tops of the trees surrouding the cenote, at 101' ft less than 1inch visibility, at approx 110' clear water again...but dark requiring lights....eerie.

Bert
03-09-2011, 17:39
Best Disney Aquriam wort bay of Galveston duning dive training Handjetting 0 vis