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Cathedral Rocks

Cathedral Rocks
Massachusetts
USA East

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Site Review by
 Daniel J. Halligan
Date: 09/15/2004

Reviewer

Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Daniel J. Halligan Entry:    3.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    3.00
City:   Stoneham Reef:    3.00
State:   MA Animal:    5.00
Country:   USA Plant:    4.00
Diving:   2 years Facilities:    1.00
 Dives:   18 Solitude   2.00
    Roads:    2.00

Evaluation

*Average:    3.27
Although my score may read low, do not take that as a bad thing. This is an advanced dive. Surge ranges from annoying to life-threatening. More on that later. My dive buddies and I like this sight because it is easy to get to the entry point. You may see that I rated it not so easy. I did this because, you do have to go rock-jumping down to the entry point and it's not an easy task. If you are in better than average shape it will be no problem and you will be awarded with a short walk, or jump, LOL! If you have trouble carrying a full load of gear on an easy surface, you are going to be in trouble here. The rocks can be a killer on the way in due to surge. I've been here five times and I have to tell you, conditions vary wildly. Basically, this dive lets you go deep with a minimal effort and you can see some really cool things here. We have seen a baby shark, wonderful schools of fish and some interesting bottom life. I hear brittle stars are here as well as nudibranches. My dive partner gave me a very cool ten-ridged whelk shell which I have cleaned and displayed in my house. I like this site. It is usually secluded but you may meet some divers here. A lot of them are nice folks but the GROUPS of more than two have been very rude. You'll see what I mean when you go here. The entry point is perfect to set up two tanks. The last two groups of people we saw were resting with their gear sprawled everywhere. We had difficulty getting to the staging site. They just sat oblivious, in the way. The thing is, there is plenty of room here to rest without getting in anyone's way. Like I said, you will all see what I mean when you go there. We met a lot of good people but here is a conversation from the time I dove when one of the 'Groups' was there. Diver in Water: "Dan! Are you coming in yet!" Dan: " I just have to get my gear on!" (as a guy sipping Gatorade is between me and my gear which is VERY obvious that he is in my way for no reason.) Diver in Water after two minutes: "What the hell are you doing!!! Lets go!!!" Dan: " I know, this guy won't move, what do you want me to do, hip check him?" Idiot moves off and I get underwater. The morale of the story is to help all fellow divers. We give fellow divers a hand and make things easier. Most divers do. Lets make sure we all do. That's my review. I love the Rocks!    

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    1.00
Beginner:    1.00
Intermediate:    3.00
Advanced:    5.00
Night diving:    3.00
   

Seasonal Information

Season:    Summer
Year:    2004
Visibility:    4.00
Current:    3.00
Surf:    2.00
 
 


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