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    As this is a US forum, and I live in sunny England, I was just wondering what it looks like where you live. There are so many images of US life on TV that I just wondered what it is really like ......

    The nearest webcam I can find to where I live is http://www.eastbournecentre.co.uk/beachcam.html

    Eastbourne is where virtually every boat I go out on comes from (the Marina is about a mile os so past the pier and out of sight just round the corner). I can drive there within 15 mins from home -maybe 25 in summer when it's very busy.

    Anyone else got a local or nearby webcam?
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    well i'm in washington. the diving here is great! we have lingcod, cabazone, octopus, harbor seals, ratfish and many more. these are just some of the creatures of our waters.

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    Just across the river from Cincinnati in northern KY, the local diving consists primarily of quarries. There are lots of caves around here, and some even have sumps to be pushed, but nothing like FL or Mexico. As for weather, lately it has been sunny and warm one day followed by freezing rain and ice the next.

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    We don't have jack here in central GA.. We have to travel to the coast (3 hours) or North Florida Springs (4 hours) to get wet. But, considering the diving in N FL, it's well worth the drive.. I just wish we had some where here in our local area to dive so we could make an afternoon of it instead of a weekend.. Even Lanier is a couple hours from here.
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    We have a good mixed bag in Sydney. Shallow reef shore dives to deep wrecks offshore. Just about every headland is diveable. Nearest caves are about 4 hours away but the main cave area is over 15 hours nonstop drive in Mt Gambier South Australia. Were lucky in that we can dive in just about any weather condition. It does get rather full at some of the spots that get dived in bad weather conditions but its all good cause were diving.

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    Talking Roughing it!

    Well the 2km. drive to the ocean is BRUTAL!!! The snowbirds are crazy! Alright, so I am rubbing it in. The inlet is even closer to the house, just can not get the boss to stop flying so I can have a day off! The weather is nice and sunny with temps in the mid to high 70's (20+ C). The only thing is the winds have been 15 knots or better for a couple of weeks, keepingf us from going out. We are all plannning trips up to cave country as a result. Any other questions?

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    More specifically, I live on the South East coast of England about half way between Dover and Brighton - if any of you have heard of these places. We get a big tidal range through the English Channel so diving on slack water is important if you want to surface within a few miles of where you started.

    Generally speaking the inshore vis is rubbish and you need to get out on a boat to go diving. During any prolonged calm spell during the summer inshore diving is possible. Usually, diving is done along side 'harbour arms'.

    The predominant type of sea bed is silt or sand with some stony bits and some shingle banks.

    The only diving I really do is wreck diving of which there are hundreds of known wrecks of the coast of Sussex alone.

    My most exciting Channel dive was diving the wreck of the Lan Franc which is in between the shipping lanes of the English Channel. This was a 48ish mtr dive and I had a home brewed normoxic trimix for the dive (lovely stuff and much easier to breathe at depth than air/nitrox). It was quite ............... exciting surfacing in the middle of the lanes with container ships passing by within ¼ of a mile or so ......... you can really hear those engines under water.

    The diving conditions can be awful (dark and down to zero vis) and we like to think of those conditions as 'character building'. On a really bad day some will drop down to the wreck and come straight back up again. I like to crawl off a few metres feeling by hand and stop and look at an anemone or dead men's fingers .......... how often do you normally stop to look at this stuff? On a good day (which we REALLY appreciate) then WOW - what a fantastic place to dive!!

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    We have a rocky rugged shoreline, gobs of sealife and fishies and wrecks. There is also an inland sea here with brackish water that is mostly a silt bottom. We are never more than 20 minutes from the water in this part of the woods. Viz ranges from 10' sometimes depending on time of year and conditions, to 100'+ right now in the winter. We dive wrecks, shallow and deep, critter dives, and wall and rock formations. Water temp ranges from about 27F to 70F (-3C to 21C).

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    Conditions: http://streams.camzone.com/scrippspi...hp?cmd=goflash

    Local critters, wrecks, and dive sites: http://s29.photobucket.com/albums/c283/SoCalDiveGirl/ (channel islands, wrecks, p38, dive pics-- just dig around, it's all local stuff)

    Leaving for Cozumel in about 6 hours..... Supposed to have wifi in the hotel-- we'll see!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SoCalDiveGirl View Post
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