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Dive Review of BlueWater Divers of Key Largo in
The Continental USA/Key Largo, FL

November, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Chuck Donaldson, OR, USA
Report Number 2157
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Channel Islands, Hawaii, Roatan, Pacific Northwest
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy  
choppy, noCurrents  
Water Temp
74   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
We dived our computers.  No other limits imposed  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Fresh water bucket for cameras
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  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
Blue Water Divers (BWD) is a two man operation which runs out of its
berthing area at the Key Largo Marina next to the Holiday Inn.  The
office is a kiosk at parking lot level and can be found easily by its
sign and proximity to the African Queen display.

Web savvy divers are well served by making contact with Brent Hilliard by
email ( or the phone numbers listed on their web
page ([ link]).  We set up our trip and
Nitrox instruction via email in advance and everything turned out exactly
as promised.

BWD set up our accommodations at the Marina Del Mar which were provided at
the agreed upon good price and proved to be exactly as advertised. 
Proximity to BWDs boat was a plus, meaning that we didnt have to drive to
diving, but could get breakfast and walk to the boat conveniently.

The Diving:  Because groups are small (nor more than 10 and more frequently
4-6 folks) where you go and what you dive can be both flexible and
interesting.  We dove with two other divers and were able to agree on where
to go and what kind of dives we wanted very easily.  Brent Hilliard dove
with us, not as a divemaster, but as a fellow diver which made for great
diving.  Folks who have dived Key Largo before will find that a pleasant
contrast with the general site brief, throw you off the boat, style
practiced by some of the large operators.  Brents site briefs were
detailed and provided plenty of information for you to plan your dive.  We
met him on a couple of the wrecks we dove and he was able to point out
interesting features (a pair of 7 foot Bull Sharks) on the fly.  We came
away from 3 days of diving with a very positive experience.  We dove
Spiegel Grove twice, Duane twice and Bibb.

My son and I wanted to qualify and dive Nitrox.  We set up instruction in
advance and were greeted on the first morning by an excellent instructor. 
After passing the required exam, we went down to Ocean Divers to pick up
our tanks.  The instructor walked us through testing and documenting our
tanks.  We rented our tanks and moved them to the boat.  As the week
progressed and all of us on the boat wanted to dive Nitrox, BWD made
arrangements for us to pick up tanks at the Ocean Divers dock on the way
out rather than having to get them on our own.  That provided for cost
savings and convenient access to Nitrox.

The Boat: BlueWater Diver is a Coast Guard inspected thirty foot custom
open transom dive vessel.  We found it comfortable and fast.  The porta-pot
is probably best saved for emergencies since some rigging is required. 
Electronics appear up to date and the boat briefing is well done.  Captain
Glen Marvel gets you to the dive site quickly and skillfully.  Folks from
the Pacific Northwest are sometimes surprised to find out that not every
location is non-smoking.  On BlueWater Diver, the Captain smoked on the
boat as did other divers.  It was not a big problem, but was certainly not
what we were used to.

Summary:  Good operator, dive where you want to dive, Highly Recommended.
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