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Dive Review of Reef Divers/Brac Reef in
Cayman Islands/Cayman Brac

March, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Steve Clawson, Ohio, USA
Report Number 434
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
81   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
150   to 300    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
110 ft must dive in buddy team computer divers were allowed own profile  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Rinse tank on shore were refilled daily with fresh water and kept very
clean. No rinse tank on the boats but crew was very good with our housed
systems and rinsed them with the fresh water hose before placing on photo
table.  On long boat days we covered our systems with wet towel untill
return to shore.  Staff did not want to use rinse tank on boat to prevent
damage to dome ports on our housed systems.  lack of rinse tank did not
present any problems on our trip and most likely prevented damage to
equipment with all the photographers on the boat.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
Brac Reef Beach Resort March 21st to 28th

Arriving 2 hours late for our 3rd dive trip to the Brac due to mechanical
problems with our aircraft still found Peter the resident resort manager
ready to make our group feel welcome to Brac Reef.  Cold drinks were ready
for the guest at the reception area as Peter transported everyones
photography and dive gear to our pool view rooms while we relaxed in the
reception area.
The kitchen staff stayed open later than normal due to our flight delay to
allow our group to get a good dinner after our long travel day.  Breakfast,
Lunch and Dinner were all served buffet style with food groups and deserts
to suit the most demanding eaters. We were never hungry during our entire
stay even on our departure day that began at 4:00am.  Peter was wide-awake
serving fresh brewed coffee and sweet rolls to start our long travel day
while he loaded all our gear in the hotel pickup for transport to the
Room accommodations at the Brac Reef Beach Resort were decorated in the
typical island theme, very well kept and clean.  The daily maid service did
a great job of keeping our room neat and re-stocked with fresh bath towels.
 The pool and spa were very clean, pool water crystal clear and the
surrounding grounds nicely manicured. Board walks lead the guests to all
the important areas including the restaurant, photo/dive shop, beach and
pier that was the hot-spot for nightly fish watching and just sitting in
the swings looking up at all the stars.

Reef Divers:
Martin Van Der Touw Dive Operations Manager runs a very tight ship with
excellent happy dive staff.
Our dive boat crew for the entire week consisted of:

Craig Burhart-Boat Captain/TDI/BSAC Instructor the senior dive staff
employee with over 6 years employment with Brac Reef Diving. Craig has many
years experience diving and teaching off the Southern California Coast and
the Caribbean.
Chris Roenspiess-Boat Captain/PADI/NAUI Instructor is 2nd senior dive staff
working 3 years with Reef Divers.  Chris also worked on Grand Cayman for
1-½ years and many other Caribbean destinations plus instructing in
the cold waters of the Great Lakes before moving to the Cayman Islands.

Vicki Kaiser-SSI Dive Master is the newest member of the dive staff having
only been with Reef Divers for 2 months.  Vicki has many years experience
diving off the Southern California Coast and the Caribbean and will make a
very valued addition to the excellent dive staff.

On our first dive day we were instructed to put all our gear in the
supplied numbered mesh bag and place it by our front door by 8:00am for
transport by the staff to the dive dock and our boat for the week Little
Sister. After breakfast our group met at the dive shop to sign in and get
weights and belts then make our way to the boat where all our gear was
set-up on tanks at our assigned seats for the weeks diving.  After we were
moored at the dive site there was a very informative dive briefing about
the area and creatures we were likely to encounter. When you were ready to
dive all you had to do is take your mask and fins and have a seat on one of
the benches at the rear of the boat and one of the dive staff would bring
your BC where you geared up.  After an easy giant stride off the boat one
of the dive staff brings your camera and you are free to dive. Returning to
the boat after your dive finds a staff member ready to help with camera
gear and assist you back on the boat. You then have a seat on the bench
where your dive gear is removed and placed in the tank rack at your
assigned seat, your tank is changed for a fresh filled tank for the second
dive. No walking about the boat deck in choppy seas with dive gear on helps
to prevent falls and injuries but requires more work for the crew.
All dive gear is left on the boat, set-up during your diving week and is
rinsed with fresh water daily by the staff when the boat is docked for the
night after the afternoon dive.  Arrival at the dive boat the next dive day
finds your gear set up and ready to go at your assigned seat.  Air fills
were always 3000psi or better and all tanks were recently inspected
indicated by the tank labels.
We found the boat to be very clean and neat every dive day morning with
lots of fresh ice water and cups, plenty of munchies and fresh fruits for
between dive snacks.
Included in our package was a 2 tank Little Cayman trip to Bloody Bay Wall
and a custom video by the resident photo pro for all our group members.

Little Sister, our boat for the week had a very large, double shelf camera
set-up table that made film changes between dives very easy.  The dive
staff was very professional and knowledgeable in handling our equipment and
rinsed the equipment with the fresh water rinse hose.  The lack of a camera
rinse tank proved not to be a problem as we kept our rigs damp with a wet
towel between dives and then gave them a good soak in the camera rinse tank
at the photo shop while hanging gear to dry at the dive shop.  It is dive
shop policy to not put cameras in rinse tanks to prevent damage to

In closing we would have to rate Brac Reef and Reef Divers as one of the
top 5 resort/dive operations we have visited in our 30 years of diving and
traveling through the Caribbean. Every one in our group had but one
compliant, 7 days and 17 dives is not enough time to enjoy the fine diving
available on the Brac.
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