Join this exciting and rare diving excursion arriving in Charleston, SC where you'll take a quick shuttle to the Clarion Inn (quite a piece of military history in and of itself!) get settled in and prepare to do 4 one hour dives...yes 4 full (1) hour dives looking for Megalodon Shark Teeth ranging from 4-6 inches across as well as other prehistoric teeth, fossils, pottery and exciting finds in the famous Cooper River. The Cooper River, once part of the ocean is a hotbed of history and we can experience this unique diving opportunity with one of the most renown dive operators on the River. River diving is quite an art...many operators will dive the river every weekend where due to tides you can only get 2 dives in during the day. Off the Wall Diving Charters our dive operator picks only the weekends where the tides will let you get in 4 dives up to one hour each in! In other words, twice the opporunity to find teeth for the same price as everyone else! And knowing the river like Bill aka OTWDiver, owner of OffTheWallDiving.com, he will safely put us on the rich gravel beds full of teeth, guide us to the transition points where new teeth are being uncovered and share with us new spots that he is continuosly exploring so that we too can find these rare precious artifacts and LOTS of them! Don't miss this great opportunity limited to the first lucky 12 divers to do this unique and adventourous dive! And look for some special offers for ONLY SD members that OTWDiver will be offering us! Don't delay...usually only 6 people can go but we've worked out a special arrangement with OffTheWallDiving to do two boats! Everyone is getting in on the excitement...see what Sharkdiving Magazine has to say about their first shark tooth expedition...
We are excited to offer our first Cooper River Megalodon teeth shark tooth hunting trip! While we normally search out the live animals...no shark adventure would be complete without exploring the grand daddy of them all...the Megalodon!
Cooper River, SC Megalodon Shark Tooth & Artifact Hunting Trip for $655* d/o "Fly In" or $605* d/o "Drive In" (has one less night hotel) plus air/transport to Charleston, SC.(less $25 discount if paid in full by June 25, 2006) and (see me for help on air fare rates) you'll have a once in a lifetime opportunity to find Megalodon teeth, 1800 century bottles, Arrow Heads, and more! The Cooper River trip is limited to 6 people so don't delay! Note: You can also do an EXTRA day of diving on August 28th for $150 which includes hotel and diving...see below for details!
(Please see below for full terms and conditions.)
Who's Going Searching For Teeth & Artifacts?:
1. Kamala aka Wreck Wench - Dallas, TX (pd) - EXTRA DAY - Renting Tanks
2. ScubaShafer aka Bruce - DC area (pd) - EXTRA DAY - ???
3. Dan aka DanBonner - GA (pd) - no extra day - ???
4. Rick aka ? (pd) - EXTRA DAY -yes if enough
5. Keith aka kdive82 (pd)
Check's In The Mail:
1. Lanette aka
2. Greg aka NCDiver43 (crew)
Cooper River, SC Availability Update:
SD honors a first come and first served premise that is driven by posting in our community. Once a trip appears to have filled up from the "My Check is in the Mail" and the confirmed deposits/pymnts we will open an official waiting list for the trip. As openings occur or deposit checks are not received, we'll open up the Waiting List for trip participants.
Please note that while you may send pm and email requests for availability, the official availability is always available in the main trip post. Thank You! -ww
Trip Instructor: Bill aka OTWDiver
Here is the full information on the trip:
TEMPS & CONDITIONS:
The weather in South Carolina is remarkably consistent all summer and perfect for this kind of diving. The temperatures range in the mid to high 80's during this time of year and the water temps are in the mid 80's making this truly diving in comfort! (The water temps are already 81 degrees!)
We'll fly into Charleston, SC which is where the Cooper River is located. Alternately you can fly into Columbia, SC which is a 1.5 hr drive or Atlanta but it is a 6 hr drive or you can fly into Greenville Spartenburg but that is approx a 3 hr drive. We'll be using domestic carriers so for a small fee we'll make your arrangements for you otherwise you are more than welcome to make your own arrangements.
Please plan to be in Charleston by 7:30 pm if you want to do a group dinner the night before. Otherwise we'll see you at breakfast at 6am the next morning in the hotel restuarant!
Aug 24th Arrive in South Carolina (most likely Charleston and meet for dinner 7pm)
Aug 25th Breakfast at 6am. First dive at 7am or 7:30 am with subsequent dives at approx 10 am, 1 pm and 3:30pm. (Dive times are contingent on the tides and currents). SD will prepare a traditional cookout so all you have to do is clean up, relax, eat and enjoy! Dinner will be approx 7:30pm
Aug 26th Breakfast at 6am and the same dive plan as the day before. Group Dinner will be approx 7:30pm nightly at a local eatery!
Aug 27th Breakfast at 6am and the same dive plan as the day before. Group Dinner will be approx 7:30pm nightly at a local eatery!
Aug 28th Departure Day or OPTIONAL EXTRA DAY OF DIVING for those who wish to get extra dives in! (We only need 5 divers including myself to run one of the boats!)
WHAT YOU'LL SEE:
You'll be doing a night dive in the middle of the day. Its not muck diving...simply night diving as you descend 30-40 feet to the bottom of the River. You'll drop in 'heavy' and as you descend to the bottom you'll see the water go from a red color to a dark tea color but with your lights on you'll have as much visibility as your light will give you. And more than enough to see the 'teeth' in the gravel beds of the river bottom!
COOPER RIVER $655 d/o or $705 s/o FLY IN PACKAGE INCLUDES:
4 nights/3 days diving for Megalodon teeth, artifacts and other prehistoric fossils
4 (1) hour dives daily or a total of 12 dives!
Hotel accommodations at the Clarion Hotel Including FULL BREAKFAST Daily at 6am
SD Famous 'Meet & Greet Get To Know Everyone' Parties
Lunch, snacks and drinks on the boat each day of diving
Transfers from Charleston Airport to Clarion and back
White SD T-Shirt typically with funny saying on the back commemorating the trip!
All taxes included
Daily SD.com H20 Happy Hours and Dinner together as a group!
Diving Gifts and Giveaways from various SD Vendor Partners as available
Meals: An SD Cookout including wine & beer is included along with lunch, snacks and drinks on the boat along with full breakfast daily at the hotel. Dinner the remaining nights will be a local area restaurants!
COOPER RIVER PACKAGES DO NOT INCLUDE:
Airfare or transport to Charleston, SC
Air fills or rentals (see below for pricing)
Dinner night of arrival nor 2 of the 3 nights in town
Rental, instruction and retail charges
Trip Cancellation Insurance
COOPER RIVER SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:
The Single Room Rate is $50 more per night. (A limited number of single rooms are available.)
Air fills $6 per bottle (you'll need 4 bottles/tanks a day)
Rental air 80's $10 per tank (you'll need 4 tanks a day)
Nitrox: Sorry nitrox is not available due to the shallow depths of 30-40 ft
T-Shirt Color Upgrade: The trip comes with a white SD t-shirt which can be upgraded to black or grey for $10 subject to availability.
$25 Mail In Rebate for SD premier or charter membership (Click here for the form & details!
Early Bird discount of $25 if paid in full by 6/25/06
Price includes cash discount. Please add 3% if paying via paypal or credit card.
How to Book a Spot on this Trip:
1. Post in this thread that you plan to join us and your check or payment is in the mail or on it's way. We'll then put your name on the 'check's in the mail' list.
2. Fill out the Trip Rooming & Diving Survey plus the SingleDivers.com Medical Liability Release which you'll find under "Stuff you need to know for ALL SingleDivers.com trips & activities!" or click here to link to it. (Send a PM or an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for the password.)
3. Send your deposit for the trip and/or monies due based upon the payment schedule posted above and payment options. If you need to make special arrangements about payments with me please contact me and I'll gladly work with you.
Please add 3% if paying via paypal or credit card.
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3957 Gaspar Ste#200
Dallas, TX 75220
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PAYMENT TERMS & SCHEDULE:
ASAP: $200 deposit required to reserve a spot.
a. $200 Deposit asap to hold your spot (please post in the thread that your payment is coming!)
b. June 25, 2006: $200
c. July 25, 2006: $255 if Fly In or staying 4 nights $205 if Drive in or staying 3 nights
Note: Trip must be paid in full 30 days prior to departure.
We'll be staying at the Clarion hotel with free shuttle to and from the airport. A full breakfast buffet is also included with your stay. The Hotel is conveniently located to the boat ramp where we'll depart for our trip. A Home Depot is nearby as well as numerous restaurants offering all types of fare. The hotel has become a living legend in its own rights as many Military Reunions have been held there for all branches of the service dating back many many years. The surviving vets and war heros line the walls with photo memorabilia of a bygone time...and the reminders that 'Freedom is not Free'. You'll certainly enjoy the trip down memory lane and may even meet a real American Hero or two staying at the hotel.
Downtown location: TBA
Distance from Dive Site: TBA
PLEASE obtain trip insurance...it is VERY inexpensive and will protect your investment. You can purchase it right online as well as check quotes etc. It is very economical and averages about $50 for this trip.
Trip Insurance Information:
Click here for free trip insurance quote and/or to buy it online.
1. You can obtain trip insurance for the Land package price or add in your airfare even if not obtaining the air via SD.com.
2. You can add an additional waiver for Supplier Default which means if the airline or the hotel or SD.com goes out of business before your trip that you are protected as long as you buy your insurance within 24 hours of your last payment.
3. You can add an additional waiver for Pre-Existing Condition exclusion which means if you have an active pre-existing condition it will be waived should it flare up and cause you problems on your trip as long as you buy your insurance within 24 hrs of your last payment.
4. If you do not desire 'pre-existing condition or supplier default insurance' you may purchase trip insurance up to 24hrs before departure!
5. This insurance can be used for diving as well as non-diving vacations. This insurance has medical coverage that does not exclude snorkeling and diving.
Initial Trip Deposit Date = Use July 1 as your trip insurance deposit date.
This plan also includes:
Emergency Assistance Services
CSA's comprehensive Emergency Assistance Services are included with each policy. The services include pre-travel advice, medical and legal referral, emergency cash transfer, lost ticket and passport assistance, and emergency prescription refill assistance.