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Dive Review of Amoray Dive Resort in
The Continental USA/Key Largo FL

December, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Bob Stoker, cO, united States (1 report)
Report Number 4595
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Carribean destinations,Saba,Hawaii
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
  to    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
  to    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Tropical Fish
Small Critters
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Service and Attitude
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
1 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars    
1 stars   
3 stars    
This was the worst dive experience yet.My girlfriend and my sister have
limited experience and I thought the keys would be a perfect shallow,
mellow dive for them to relax and ease back into the groove.They needed
equipment rental from the establishment. Not being familar with december
diving  in the keys they asked for help with selection. They were given a 2
piece farmer john outfit about 4mm each along with they rest of their gear.
On the boat, They each asked which way the 2 piece  went on(bottom over top
or vis/versa)One of the staff told one top over bottom while the other told
them bottom over top.After struggling through reversing the order of the
suit,they were asked how much weight they needed. At that time they
answered that they didn't know because of  the thickness of the suits. The
staff were told of their relative inexperience and decided on a
weight.After checkout of the rental equipment, one the the BC's inflator
button would not work at first and after fiddling with it inflated but
would not release and kept inflating! After swapping out for a new vest,we
entered the water.Two of us started a slow decent but my girlfriend could
not decend. She had no air in her BC and obviously underweighted as was
another gal. They seas were moderately choppy and the boat moored to the
buoy. After screaming at the two women who could not get down for a few
minutes. the "divemaster" went to the bow and half heartedly
tried to hand over an addition weight to me for the girls. Of course,the
bow was rising and crashing so his handoff was bogus. As he  dropped the
weight and I tried to catch it my dive camera slid off my wrist and sank.
Then seeing as the current was strong enough to make the girls start to
drift away he threw out a rope directly on top of them and promptly
entangled the rope around the tank and a leg. It was perfectly obvious that
the long time on the surface was wearing them out so I went out to untangle
the rope. Meanwhile the "divemaster" continued to scream
directions.So after about 15 minutes on the surface, there were 4 divers
out of six back on the boat trying to sort out weights and catch their
breath. My sister and I went back and spent the rest of our tanks
unsucessfully seaching for my camera. The "divemaster" remarked I
should have looked for it sooner with the current present. Thanks,chump.
     I was afraid that this experience would cause the girls to skip the
next dive but they bravely went for it again. This time they were weighted
like stone and quickly bounced off the bottom.I worked to get their
bouyancy correct and almost had it when my sister started going up and to
the boat which we were right underneath. I watched her get to the side and
helped the girlfriend.After a few minutes she motioned that she wanted to
go up. I watched her go up the ladder and decided the girls had had enough
and went down to take my first look at the reef. After poking around, I got
back on the boat to find out that my sister had got to the boat but when
she got to the surface the inflator button on her BC stuck open and
overinflated her vest.She started to drift away from the boat ladder and
our "divemaster" watched her drift further away constantly. He
did however continue to scream out instructions.Finally,after 15 more
minutes on the surface drifting away, he relented and got wet himself to
assist her. After getting her to the boat, his remark to her was that since
he he had to get in the water ,that she needed to "acknowledge"
him ; a shameful plug for a gratuity.
      Many experienced divers will find the flaws in this trip and I
acknowledge errors on their part in addition to errors on my part.Lessons
have been learned and hopefully the girls will not let this trip spoil the
joy that they will receive on future trips.
       For my part,and if you are experienced enough,your trip with these
guys will be as uneventfully as the bus ride it is. If you need assistance
or are new to diving,do yourself a favor and find another operator who will
help you to have the confidence to get you your experience. Trip was taken
Dec. 4,2008. I believe Tom was captain and Mike or Mark played the role of
       This was my first dive in the US. For the life of me, in this
country of 
millions of rules and lawyers,I cannot understand why the service ,
helpfulness,and concern for safety in all the third world destinations is
so vastly superior to what we experienced here.
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