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Dive Review of Blue Water Divers in
The Continental USA/Key Largo, Florida

April, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Scott Anders, VA, USA
Report Number 3358
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
St.Lucia, Grand Bahama, Nassau, Hawaii, Dominica, Grand Cayman, Cayman
Brac, North Carolina, Virginia Beach, Cozumel, San Salvador (Bahamas),
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
choppy, surge, currents  
Water Temp
75   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 90    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Be back on board with 500psi.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
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
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
Complete list of all camera accomodations: 5-gallon bucket. 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
3 stars    
Vis: 90 feet first dive, 30 feet second dive. Water: 75 to 78 F, 4 seas.
We went on one two-tank trip with Blue Water Divers. $75 for a non-guided
2-tank trip. Although the majority of our dives were with Key Dives in
Islamorada, we booked two trips with Blue Water Divers so that we could
dive the Speigel Grove and the Duane, both of which are more easily
accessible by dive operators in Key Largo. When I booked I asked for nitrox
for the first dives of the day but didnt get it.-not sure where things
broke down but I didnt mention it to them when I noticed it wasnt on
board. Due to cancellations and rough seas we ended up on just one trip
with Blue Water Divers. We had five divers on Blue Water Divers ~30-foot
boat. Seas were forecast to be very rough that morning and Glenn, the boat
captain, gave my wife and me plenty of warning about it and ample
opportunity to back out of the trip. There was one divemaster with a
student and another divemaster who assisted onboard but did not lead any
dives. The captain was instructive and friendly but it wasnt hard to tell
that he would not have the patience for the high-maintenance diver all of
us have seen out on the water once in a while. The first dive was on the
Duane. Seas were rough and the current fairly strong. The captain tied into
the mooring line aft-end first (waves were coming in to us at close to 90
degrees from the current direction). From there it was an easy giant stride
in and an easy grab on to the line. The Duane was immediately visible from
the surface. It was an absolutely fabulous dive. We had great visibility,
~90 ft, saw abundant marine life, and there was a thick coating of coral
all over the upright and intact wreck. I rate it as one of my best wreck
dive experiences. Upon returning to the boat, we found it turned around per
normal boat dive-boat operations and everyone boarded without incident. The
second dive was at Molasses Reef at Winch Hole. The divemaster briefing was
good and included detailed navigation tips that helped us easily find the
Winch. A camera and mask bucket was provided. No head. No diveshop.-just
meet at the boat. The captain smoked. One of the divemasters smoked.
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