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Dive Review of Fathom Five Divers and Ocean Quest in

June, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Andy kenley, FL, US
Sr. Contributor   (21 reports)
Report Number 5595
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
All over Fl.,Caribbean Sea,Fiji,PNG,GBR,Coral
Sea,Micronesia,Palau,Kauai,Nihue,Kona Coast.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
76   to    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
If you wanted to go deeper than 100", you needed to bring a shovel.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
None Visible,I am sure they would have been respectful of equipment.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
2 stars   
3 stars    
I sensed there would be problems with these guys.Boat seems more suited to
the crab fishery than dive operation.Divemaster,Andrew,was OK. Capt.gave a
windy safety briefing.Pompously gave us permission to board his
vessel.During the dive briefing,the DM said we might have to do a drift
dive(owing to the winds.2-4'seas)if conditions were unsuitable for
anchorage.OK,that's fine.Conditions were deemed unsuitable,so the drift
dive briefing commenced.Unremarkable,except for the lack of some sort of
surface marker attached to one of the divers.We were assured that the
skipper had "ESP" for bubbles.We went for our little dive,which
was ok,the bottom favors a rock quarry,but,the scattered corals were as
pretty as patches of flowers. We drifted along on the vagaries of the
confused currents,when we boat.Here was an opportunity to
live intensely.Beautiful day,sunny,blue seas.The waves were bigger than at
the time of our descent.After about 20 minutes,someone spied the
boat,speeding away from us towards the harbor.
There were 6 of us,including the DM.Everyone had a safety sausage,we
dropped our weights,I clipped my wife to me with a dog leash.We had a small
mirror,we aimed it at the shore 3-4 miles away.Everyone was calm,we
suggested,that perhaps it might be prudent to try and work ourselves toward
shore(hoping for a convenient current).After an hour and 10 minute surface
interval,Capt.Gasbag showed up.No recriminations,we suggested that a
surface buoy might be in order for drift dives.They seemed astounded by the
idea.They told us to go to the shop for a full refund.We were polite.Then
relations deteriorated,they proposed to only charge us 1/2 price.After some
intense conversation,they decided to refund us our money.The lesson I took
from this affair was if you have reservations about an operation you should
voice them loudly and not worry about upsetting the applecart.
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