I've dove from the east coast to the west coast. One of the biggest surprises was on a dive in the Flower Gardens, it was like diving into the largest swimming pool. Vis. was just unbelievable, but it is the Gulf and a storm came in and it all went to Hell. We headed back to shore a hundred miles away, when our sister boat let us know they had broken a hydraulic line. We started towing them back to shore in some of the roughest seas I've been in. My wife will not go back to the Flower Gardens, once for her was enough.