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Laws on freshwater diving in MASS

Discussion in 'New England' started by ScubaSixString, Jan 31, 2006.

  1. ProfessorAronnax

    ProfessorAronnax Great White

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    With a little stealth you can dive anywhere!
     
  2. ProfessorAronnax

    ProfessorAronnax Great White

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    Double posting but,

    When I do a shore dive from a public beach, I gear up near the car, then before ranger/lifeguard figures it out I'm submerged. I think lifeguard/rangers usually respect divers anyhow being that most of us have as much or more water rescue training than they do. Also, from what I've experienced most of them don't have a clue regarding basic diving rules.

    Personally, I wouldn't worry
     
  3. divermatt

    divermatt Nassau Grouper

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    Well, if you don't want to risk Houghton's Pond, why not just check out Quincy Quarries? Just throwing that out there.
     
  4. pgdive

    pgdive Solo Diver

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    Nasty, you can't see your guages. There is so much decaying leaves and branches at the bottom. Thanks for the compliment about the shop.

    Paul
     
  5. JohnL

    JohnL Solo Diver

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    What about Ponkapoag Pond in the Blue Hills (other side of 128 from Houghtons). It's posted no swimming, but I've never seen a ranger over on that side of the park in years of running through it.
     
  6. mikswi

    mikswi ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Very well put. I too was told about 2 years ago that, "If swimming is allowed, Diving is also." I have yet had the need to test the system and challange an environmental poloce officer on it because I dive in the most common conventional area's. I was at one time though, considering a certain body of water, thats why I looked into it.
     
  7. reefguy06

    reefguy06 Angel Fish

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    There's always the Connecticut River. Lots of history under those waters and if you're lucky enough to find an old dump site you've hit the jackpot.
     
  8. ScubaSarus

    ScubaSarus Solo Diver

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    You can also go to the library and get an aquatic book about the state you live in that might have water quality and sicchi disk depths (visibility indicator) for the lakes and ponds in your state.
     
  9. mello-yellow

    mello-yellow Divemaster

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    I went there once in spring two years ago (I think). Yes, you are allowed to dive there, the only rule is you must notify the park attendant. Why anyone would WANT to is another story. The only reason I would ever go there again is to practice zero-vis techniques. Utter inky blackness at 30'. Yes, I could see my gauges if I shined my light on them, but that's about it. Not fun.
     
  10. jchaplain

    jchaplain Solo Diver

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    Well, for one thing if you dive Ponkapog you'll never get narced.
    It would be a max depth of 7 feet! ( maybe 7.5 feet with all the rain)
    Prolly not much fun.
    John C.
     

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