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Dive Review of Amy Slates Amoray Divers/Amy Slates in
The Continental USA/Key Largo

August, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Jeff Bloomer, KY, USA
Report Number 697
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Through out the Caribbean and US.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, currents  
Water Temp
75   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Depth limits, air and time where all restricted.    
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
The camera area, or at least what should have been the camera area, doubled
as the area to hand out lead and as the cutting board for slicing up
oranges for after dive snacks.  One small bucket to keep a camera in which
was not well controlled from keeping other items out of it.  One diver in
our group chose not to use the bucket and his camera fell overboard.  The
crew refused to turn back for the camera and although a modest unit, $250
dollars, it was lost.  As the group leader I spoke with Amy Slate about how
her crew responded but she was unwilling to do anything for the diver.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
2 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
2 stars    
This is typical Florida diving, shallow reefs and, if allowed, you could
have some great bottom times. The wreck of the Duane is awesome, one of the
best dives in this part of the world. Tons of fish and growth, it is
sitting upright and is breath taking. The Spiegle Grove is a BIG wreak but
too new for much growth, but a must do for experianced divers who can
handle the current.  Good fish life on most dives.  The diving is self
guided so if your inexperianced you may want to ask to tag along with
someone as the divemasters do not get in the water. The crew was going to
take us on a night dive to a site devoid of almost all life we had dived
that day.  After talking with Amy Slate and telling her I had nobody
interested in diving it and that if they insisted on diving there we were
sitting it out they chose another site.  The alternate site turned out
great, a bit of a boat ride but worth it.  Individuals would be hard
pressed to get much cooperation but our group was large enough that I was
able to pull some strings so watch out if visiting as a couple or small
group.  Now for the boat. Up until now I have been successful at avoiding
cattle boats, until now.  The boat was always loaded with snorkelers or a
class.  Very congested and the crew was very strict about what could be
placed where.  Set anything other than a body part on the padded bench and
look out for the Captain to start chewing you out.  The crew was more set
on keeping on schedule than having divers enjoy themselves. There is almost
a palpable tension with the crew.  I don't know where that comes from but
most are very distant to rude and almost never interact with the divers.  A
couple of divers in our group attempted to liven things up and the most we
got out of the crew was a glare and wise crack.  Traveling back to the dock
there is a place the boat passes under a bridge.  On que, every trip, the
crew is required, I was told, to play a rendition of "That's
Amoray" by The Barefoot Man.  I even offered to tip the guy big if he
would not play it one time, no luck! As I said in the comments on cameras
one of out group chose not to put his camera in the small camera bucket. 
The camera fell overboard as we approached a morring bouy.  The crew could
have easliy circled around as there was only one other boat on the wreak. 
They chose not to and told the diver to "wave goodbuy" to his
$250 camera.  A poor commentary on the crews customer service level but
certainly in character.  Needless to say tipping was non-existant.  The
resort itself is comfortable and well maintained.  Parking is tight and you
seldom parked near your room unless you lucked out and never moved your
car.  All the restaurants in the area are good and you wont go wrong with
any of them. The 2.5 hour drive down to Key West is worth it so go and
spend the day.  You wont miss much in the diving.
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