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Newport Questions

Discussion in 'New England' started by TMHeimer, Dec 4, 2019.

  1. tkaelin

    tkaelin Solo Diver

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    As of this summer no shop in Jamestown and I think the Newport one closed as well.
     
  2. CT-Rich

    CT-Rich Solo Diver

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    Bring your tanks, no place to get refills that is anything near convenient. A good save a dive kit is recommended. Most divers will share to help a brother out, but you can also find 20 divers without a screwdriver among them
     
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  3. Zef

    Zef Divemaster

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    If you are ever looking for lead to cast bullets then head over to the Newport Rifle Club in Middletown...I used to be a member when I was studying at the War College; when I was there it was a very active club so there never seemed to be a shortage of lead available.

    -Z
     
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  4. AfterDark

    AfterDark Solo Diver

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    The nearest LDS to Newport is in Warwick, RI Giant Strides Dive Shop. There are a couple in northern RI. There Firex in Middletown they have an air station, they test, service, sell, fire extinguishes and hydro test. However it's Mon-Fri hours no evenings, weekends, they are not in business to service divers. My suggestion is bring full tanks.

    For some reason dive shops don't do well in Jamestown, there has only been 3, Jamestown SCUBA, Ocean State SCUBA and for one year Dive-on-it.
     
  5. AfterDark

    AfterDark Solo Diver

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    IMO you should put Ft Adams 1st on your list. It's sheltered from south winds, usually better vis than FTW, 10' vis is not uncommon there it is rare at FTW. If you swim south instead of north there is a lot more to see and more structure in the form of rocks that attach fish and with 10' vis you can see them. I get the time tide dilemma but maybe you can work that out. Most diving around here is better at slack tide anyway.

    IMO FTW is a nice site if you dive shallow, 10' max, after that ambient light starts to fade quickly and slit is suspended in the water. If you hit the tide right and go around the outer point sometimes below 60fsw the vis opens up and is pretty good, however to really appreciate it you need a light. A lot of the good shore sites I used to go to are closed to public access these days.
     
  6. TMHeimer

    TMHeimer Divemaster

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    Yeah, I do plan on checking the tide once we figure the day we'll go. When you say a lot os sites are now closed to the public are you talking R.I., or N.E. in general?
     
  7. AfterDark

    AfterDark Solo Diver

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    RI and Newport in particular. There was a time when a diver could enter at the USCG station at Castle Hill and dive one of the best sites on the coast of NE Castle Hill, the murderers in the dirty nightshirts ended that on 9-11-01. A diver could at one time walk down a grassy hill into the water and dive Butter Ball rock the site of a wreck from the 1700's. That hill is covered with loose stone now. The property that the castle at Green Bridge is on was open to the public, a diver could drive almost to the water and enter at the small finger cove facing the ocean, no need for a 200 yard swim. Lands End had parking spaces at the end of the road, no more tow zone now.

    The day is coming to dive in RI a diver will need a boat and a compressor. I hope I'll have moved on to my reward by then.
     
  8. TMHeimer

    TMHeimer Divemaster

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    At least the RI state parks are free (or they were a few years ago). We always bring our full tanks and extensive save a dive kit. On this trip time is of the essence.
     

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