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Dive Review of Fla. Keys Dive Center in
The Continental USA/Islamorada, FL Keys

July, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Dawn Steedman, FL, United States
Sr. Contributor   (29 reports)
Report Number 5025
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Palm Bch.,Fla. Keys,Bonaire,Barbados,St. Thomas,Grand
Turk,Cozumel,Hawaii,Belize, Caymans, Roatan
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
84   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
10   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
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
1 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
2 stars
Dive Operation
1 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars    
2 stars   
2 stars    
We dove 4 dives (2 days) with this operation. The employees in the dive
shop were very friendly , and the check-in went smoothly. We were ref. to
outside to get our weights/rental equipment. We waited,at the window for
over 20 minutes, in the hot sun, while the employee inside totally ignored
us. He finally, grudgingly, gave us our weights-many of us have integrated
BCs- and he was upset at having to give us so many 2 & 3 lb weights,
rather than the 6 lbs he wanted us to use. The boat we were to go out on
was late returning from the morning dive, and tanks had to be refilled. The
crew was in a rather bad mood, and gave cross looks, if anyone looked like
they might get in their way. A man with a clipboard came to our group, and
started calling out a roll-call which was obviously none of us. When we
told him he had the wrong group, he snapped at us, and continued calling it
out anyway.  When we finally got on the boat, it was very packed. The dives
were unremarkable- lots of grunts and snappers. The crew stayed to
themselves the whole trip. They were not helpful to divers getting back on
the boat.There was to be a storage area for overnight- but it was so small,
we took our gear back to our room. The next day was much the same as the
first. Some of the group requested we go somewhere more prolific, as we had
dived the Keys many times before, and knew there was so much more.. The
next dive had vis of 10-15 ft.; it looked like a snow storm under water- we
basically stayed under the boat and watched what went by. With better vis.,
this would have been a nice dive sight.  The greenish color of the water,
should have been a sure give-away of what was below!  When we got back on,
the capt. said he'd take us  somewhere with better vis. Only 10 min. away
was a very prolific reef with 50-60 ft. vis. We would not think of diving
with these people again.
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