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Dive Review of Caribbean Dive College in
St. Maarten

October, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Richard E. Heath, SC, US (2 reports)
Report Number 5748
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Azores;French Polynesia Islands(Moorea,Bora Bora,Huahine,Raiatea);Grand
Cayman;Bahamas;Puerto Morelos Mexico;US Virgins; FL Keys;
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
75   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
50   to 65    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
no  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Stay with Dive Master  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
no 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
Mantas
1 or 2 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
None 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
N/A  
Large Pelagics
  N/A
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
N/A  
Boat Facilities
N/A
Overall rating for UWP's  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
N/A
Food
N/A
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
Beginners
3 stars   
Advanced
3 stars    
Comments  
Michel, Kelly, Paul and Nicki were excellent in all aspects of the dive -
Their shop is a little hard to find - located in Phillipsburg at Bobbys
Marina - but worth the effort - Their focus on diver safety was impressive,
with less than 10 total divers (including the 2 dive masters on a boat that
could easily accommodate 20. Dive Masters took time to brief before every
dive and required dive buddies to inspect each others equipment before
entering the water. In over 38 years of diving I cannot recall any group
requiring that safety procedure - The dive boat was extremely easy to enter
and exit the water - could reenter with fins on  - boat captain was helpful
in getting on and off the boat - everyone very friendly and courteous

Saw numerous lobsters - one hole in the reef had over 13  - sting rays were
found on every dive and the fly over by the occasional black fin shark and
barracuda were a pleasure to observe

On any return trip to St Martin theirs would be the group to dive with  
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