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Resources for Finding Dive Locations

Hey All. My group and I are new to the area of underwater ROVs and where wondering if anyone has any resources they could share to help us find a location(s) or test sites for diving experiments with our BlueRov2. Is there some point of contact or webtool that could help us find test site locations?

Thanks for any help you can offer.

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Do a google search for shore-dive sites (for SCUBA). This means there is normally good access to the shore (so you dont need a boat) and something relatively interesting to see.
In Australia, one of the best resources is https://www.michaelmcfadyenscuba.info/news.php, maybe you have something similar for your location?

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The best dive sites are the ones in the water closest to you. :wink: Just go out and see what there is to see.

I use this website since it has the contour depth maps that gives me a general idea of what I can expect the bottom contours to be.
http://www.gpsnauticalcharts.com/main/us-nautical-charts-by-state.html

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Hi Brian, welcome to the forum!

Great suggestions already from Marcus and btrue.

I’d add that if you’re in a city you might be able to do at least small-scale test dives in public piers/docklands nearby - just be careful not to get your tether tangled and check to make sure there aren’t rules against it (you might need to contact the local council or port authority for permission). Depending on what you want to test you might also be to do tests in a pool or large water tank, but you’ll of course need to get permission for that :slight_smile: