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Dive Review of Fathom Five Divers and Ocean Quest in

May, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Mr Terry Bartley, ON, CA
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Report Number 6565
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Ontario, Florida, Cuba, Colombia, Grenada
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
Water Temp
75   to 77    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
up at 600 psi  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Service and Attitude
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
We dove with Fathom Five and have mixed feelings about them.
If you get Brian (DM) and Charlie (captain) great.  Brian takes his time
with the briefings and then at the site.  He looks for things and makes
sure everyone sees it/them.  He goes slowly around the reef, taking his
time.  Charlie as the captain is very helpful.
We then dove the same company but with different DM and captain and the
difference was like night and day.
George the captain just can't do enough for you--great.
Debbie as DM, well that's where the problem was for us.  She is very
helpful, gives good dive briefs, talks about the critters you might see,
BUT once down, the race begins.  
The vis was down, so you had to stay pretty close to her, and she would
point things out, but if you were last in the group, forget it, she was
then off to something else.  Want to watch cleaning stations, nope, she's
off.  Points out an octopus and then you want to watch it for a while,
nope, she's off.  Find a turtle, don't even think about that you are going
to watch it feed, or sleep, nope, she's off again.
We talked to her after the first dive about going so fast.  She nodded her
head in agreement.  So, 2nd she goes.  It was like a race...I
truely hated the dives.  I take pictures, I love to watch the fish
behavior, but not on these dives.  The only time I could take my time was
when we were back under the boat waiting for our air/computer to tell us
when to go back on the boat.  Then I could take my time and look at things.

I booked this company from the good things I read about them in trip
advisor and searching other sites, and maybe they just got lucky and got
Brian, or they like to zoom around under the water.
We had considered diving an extra day with them, but decided against it.  
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By lyndad2 at May 31, 2012 09:21 EST  
Terry, sorry about your experience.  I've dived with FF 4 years in a row
(and posted reports each time).  Had Charles (DM) and Charlie on most
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