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Dive Review of Florida West Charters/Megadolon Charters in
The Continental USA/Florida, Gulf Coast

April, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Theodore C Recupero, UT, US
Reviewer   (5 reports)
Report Number 6527
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
USVI, Both US Coasts, Great Lakes, Various Rocky Mountain Lakes, Colorado
River Lakes, Springs, Continental US
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, rainy, cloudy  
Seas
calm, no currents  
Water Temp
69   to 73    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
0   to 15    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
[Unspecified]  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
None 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
1 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
N/A  
Large Pelagics
  N/A
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
N/A  
Boat Facilities
N/A
Overall rating for UWP's  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
N/A
Food
N/A
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
1 stars
Dive Operation
1 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
Beginners
3 stars   
Advanced
2 stars    
Comments  
8 dives over 3 days. Captain Dan was Knowledgable, helpful and seemed to be
a comsumate profesional. Captain Steve, the owner, seemed to not care one
way or the other and put us down in near zero viz conditions on the lsst
dive. I imagine that being the boss, he could have gone a couple more
miles, but that might have cost him time, fuel and ..... 
The "Safety Divers" were not actually Divemasters. Dave was
helpful and friendly. Mike was someone I could easily do without ever
meeting again. He actually went down with a 20cf bottle that had 500 psi in
it. He is supposed to be there as a safety diver? Full time consideration
of another endevour might be in order, before he ends up in big trouble or
worse. I try not to dive with folks like this.
This is a shark tooth dive, not a "Project Aware" situation, but
on the last two dives we saw all kinds of stuff, much of which I had never
seen before. 
In my opinion, it mattered who was running the boat. Things are not as
advertised on the website. I wouldn't go back. There are other boats in the
area, I will seek one out for the next trip. 
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