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Dive Review of A Deep Blue Dive Center in
The Continental USA/Fla.Keys

July, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Andy Kenley, FL, US
Sr. Contributor   (21 reports)
Report Number 6628
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, currents  
Water Temp
84   to    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
15minutes bottom time, 500psi in tank upon return to boat.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Wasn't an issue for me.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
1 stars   
5 stars    
I find wreck diving relaxing, and, I am checking wrecks off my list. That
is how I encountered this organization. Nice boat, covered and very
adequate. Entry is via backroll, there is a ladder on the stern, there is
no dive platform. We dove the Thunderbolt, it lays in 120' of water, the
deck is at 100' and the ship itself is 100' long. There is a sunken mooring
buoy,it requires someone to dive down to it and secure the anchor line. The
boys ,through no fault of their own (poor vis, 3kt current)had some
problems. They persevered and ended up doing a fine job. As a general rule,
I have found that any wreck in the Keys that lays beneath 100' will
frequently be subjected to powerful currents. On this day, The Thunderbolt
didn't dissapoint.
Once I gained the deck of the ship and found some cover, got my
respirations down to 10, it was a beautiful thing. I had the wreck all to
myself for sometime. Large Goliath, all the usual tropicals were present. I
worked my way against the current up to the bow. I set my reef hook and
anchored myself into the wreck and flew on the current. Their was a vast
school of 8" baitfish covering the entire bow and 20' above and below.
Large Pompanos passed through the school. I felt like I was inside a green
cloud. I later found out the baitfish were called "Goggleyes".
Finished up, did a Pyle stop, ascended to 30', where the crew had stationed
a bailout bottle (I didn't need it,but, it was a nice touch), and completed
my safety stop and returned to the boat without inccident. The crew were
all very customer oriented and very capable.
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