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Dive Review of American Dream II/N/A in
The Continental USA/Fort Lauderdale, FL

American Dream II/N/A, Jun, 2006,

by Melissa Good, FL, USA . Report 2783.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving New Zealand, Hawaii, Catalina Island, Tortola, AVI's, Roatan, Key Largo, etc.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 80 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 40 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions <500 psi on the boat.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments dedicated rinse bucket, table for working.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments American Dream II is a 43 foot custom dive boat that ports out of the Pier 66 pier in Fort Lauderdale. Todd is the boat captain, and he takes reservations from his cell phone (www.divefortlauderdale.com). The currents were abysmal, but the AD2 crew both recognized that and worked hard to prepare the divers for it, taking care to make sure they exited from the right spot on the back of the boat and got immediately onto the descent line. The dive was on Tenneco Towers, a set of sunken oil rigs that is considered an advanced dive due to depth (bottoms at 140 feet) and the mentioned current. Divers should take this to heart when considering diving the site. ON a good day you can get 80 foot vis, and a billion fish and no current, on a bad day you're lucky you don't end up being swept up to Cocoa Beach.

Second dive was a drift dive at 60 feet on the third level of Fort Lauderdale's reefs that have a lot of cut unders and furrows to explore. There were lots of lobster, some eels, the usual tropical suspects and one or two very skittish nurse sharks hiding their heads in the sand so we would not see them. The boat issues drifters their own marker, and when you come up, where you come up, the boat comes gets you.

AD2 is a well run operation, the boat has a head, and provides drinks (sodas and water) and crackers (peanut butter or cheese) after the dive. They have air temperature showers on the dive deck and warm water rinse hose. Good divemasters and a competent crew.
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