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Dive Review of American Pro Divers/Seagrass Inn Resort in
The Continental USA/Crystal River, NW Florida

American Pro Divers/Seagrass Inn Resort, Jan, 2006,

by Mary Wicksten, TX, U.S.A. . Report 2324.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Australia, Fiji, Hawaii, Palua, Yap, California, western Canada, Galapagos, western Mexico, various Caribbean sites, Gulf of Mexico
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 68 to 72 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 4
Water Visibility 7 to 40 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Come up with 500 psi at least. At one night diving spot, we had to be out of the water by 7 PM due to local regulations.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments This was freshwater diving from a pontoon boat or shore. The divemasters were careful with cameras and would hand them down to you.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments No, folks, I was not diving in salt water, but instead in the freshwater springs and caverns of northwestern Florida. I also snorkeled with the manatees. Excellent opportunities to tickle these animals and get some top-notch photos, regardless of your skill with a camera. Went diving from a pontoon boat in Rainbow River. Clear water, clean sand, bubbling springs, lots of fish including strange bowfin. Explored King Springs, which bubbles up in the middle of a bay; catfish at bottom, tarpon at surface! Also visited Manatee Springs, Weeki Watchee Springs (you, too, can be a mermaid!) and springs near Ocala. Very clear water but drop off quickly to spooky depths for cave-certified only; make sure you are NOT overweighted! Staff at American Pro Divers have well-stocked shop, professional manner. No hassles if you can take care of yourself--they have enough trouble with people who barely can swim. Not a spectacular place for exploration and photography, but if you want to dive in a place where the water is so clean you won't need to rinse your gear, this is it. Seagrass Resort has simple cabins on river. Nearby pub has good shrimp dinners but you can cook your own meals in the cabins; large grocery store nearby, all sorts of restaurants and tourist facilities in Homossassa Springs and Crystal River. Could be a good place to take non-diving family members.
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