I have taken OW students in Rainbow River for their checkout dives several times. If you go in at K.P. Hole county park, you can catch a ride on a pontoon boat (for about $10, I think) for a trip about a mile up river. They will drop you off and you can have a nice drift dive in depths that range from 25 to 2 feet. Since you will be shallow, you can stretch it into a nice 90 minute dive. Here are a few recommendations:
- Take a responsible buddy with a dive flag. Lots of boat traffic and your hands (and mind) will be full.
- Bring a lanyard to clip the housing to your BC. The river would love to take that camera from you.
- Do a freshwater dip to check for leaks prior to getting in the river.
- Drop down to the sand areas (20-25 feet) where the springs “bubble up”. You can recognize them because the sand is “dancing”! That’s where the fish hang out.
- Have your buddy take a flashlight and act as your model.
- Take some split under/over pics. Since the surface is calm and the trees hang over the river, it’s a great opportunity. For that shot , the strobe goes underwater.
- Lots of birds to photograph. Even comorants underwater!!!
- Don’t drift past the exit point. Swimming against the current is no fun.
- Have fun, get close, eye contact shots rule!