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Dive Review of Mike Severns Diving in

June, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Chris Jones, CO, USA (1 report)
Report Number 3376
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Cayman Islands, Cozumel
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, cloudy, dry  
choppy, surge  
Water Temp
79   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
65   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dependent upon the dive.  Typical was to let the DM know when you reached
1000 psi (for planning purposes), and then start on your way up to a safety
stop at 700 psi.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Not a dive photographer, but noted a specific set-aside area for cameras
and that the crew took the time to hand down cameras from the boat after
divers were in the water.  Boat Captain Andy is very knowledgeable about
UWP and served as a good resource for other UWP.
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  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
I consider diving with Mike Severns an education.  Their guides take an
extraordinary amount of time on pre-dive briefings, to tell you
specifically what to look for and to explain any behaviors you might expect
from the sealife.  They patiently answer any and all questions, and do not
try to guess if they do not know.  This is all after you reach the dive
site!  The dives are very relaxed, with special attention focused on
getting all divers (in two small groups of up to 6 each) in close to see
the small critters.  Similarly, there is personal follow-up after the dive
to answer and questions you have or to discuss sea life you observed.

They make every attempt to accommodate requests; the dive sites for the day
are not chosen in advance, but only after consultation with their
customers.  Note that there is a very high chance that every first dive of
the day will be out at Molokini (not a bad thing!).

Pauline (the owner) takes an extraordinary amount of pride in her operation
and her DMs, and it shows.  All guides have extensive experience and/or
backgrounds in marine biology or marine science.  The attention to divers
needs and customer service is outstanding.  On one dive, we were dismayed
by the underwater presence of one of our dive group (nicknamed the
"human torpedo" or "coral smasher").  When
communicating this to the crew, the boat captain suited up, and dove with
just the two of us on the next dive!  Experienced divers are trusted and
respected; new divers are given more attention.  Single, experienced divers
are not forced to buddy up with another single.

I have and will continue to go out of our way to dive with Mike Severns.
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