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Dive Review of Mike Severns Diving in

October, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Bill McGrath, AZ, USA (2 reports)
Report Number 3070
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Caymans, Bahamas, Roatan, Belize, Cozumel, Turks & Caicos, San Diego,
Vancouver, Fiji, Cabo San Lucas, La Paz, San Carlos, Arizona
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
80   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
If you came with a buddy, you stay with your buddy. Solo divers not so
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
A small corner of the deck was set aside for cameras, but no rinse buckets
or setup tables were available.
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  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
Overall, this is a wonderful dive operator for either advanced or beginning
divers. The way the dives are conducted won't appeal to everyone, however.

The divers are broken up into small groups, and are led by a divemaster. He
or she will lead the divers on a well-guided tour of the underwater
environment, showing the habitual locations of many interesting, and often
rare, critters. The dives are preceded by a thorough briefing on both the
underwater topology and the likely critters to be seen. Books with good
photographs are used (one of which was written by Pauline Fiene, the owner)
so that the divers will know what they might see. If you began the dive
with a buddy, both divers are expected to start up when the first diver
reaches 700 psi. If you dive with someone who uses air at a vastly
different rate, this could be problematic. If you came by yourself, they
won't arbitrarily pair you with someone, so you will have more flexibility.
If you sip air, you can dive your own computer profile without pre-set
time/depth limits.

We dove Molikini Crater every day because recent heavy rains made the viz
poor at the dive sites near shore. Late in our trip, after the rains
abated, we were able to dive the Landing Craft, the St. Anthony's Wreck,
and 85 Foot Pinnacle. Each of these sites has its own interesting
collection of resident critters, and the divemasters made a great effort to
point them out.

If you really don't like guided tours, this might not be your operator of
choice, but you might miss out on some interesting finds.

The boat is meticulously maintained, and takes a maximum of 12 divers. The
snack table is loaded with yummy fresh cookies, tasty sticky buns, and
salty snacks like nuts, crackers and pretzels. Fruit, soda, water and hot
coffee are also provided.

The crew was friendly and fun. Each diver was polled as to what he/she
would like to see on the dive, and that information was used as one of the
criteria for site selection. Crew members happily entertained questions on
local flora and fauna. They also ascertained the experience level of each
diver so that no one would be placed in a situation in which they might not
be comfortable.

I was with my girlfriend who is a newbie to diving. I am an Assistant
Instructor with a lot of experience. We were both happy with the approach
taken by Mike Severns Diving, and wouldn't hesitate to use them again.
Thanks, gals and guys!
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