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Dive Review of Florida West Scuba/none in
The Continental USA/Venice, Florida

September, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Thomas Daly, FL, usa
Report Number 805
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Maine, Florida keys, Cozumel Caymans Saba Puerto Rico/La Parguera, Culebra
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
84   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
6   to 20    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Depth was 20-30 feet depending on site. No chance of going any deeper. Dive
with a dive flag,& don't breathe the tank empty. Try to come up within
2 hours or less.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
1 stars  
Small Critters
  1 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
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):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
This is a great place to dive for the teeth of Carcharocles Megaladon. Yes,
the teeth are laying right on top of the sand for you to pick up if you are
lucky. There are also numerous fossilized smaller sharks teeth. I found 8
meg teeth and about 20 other teeth. I also found a fossilized manatee bone
with shark tooth scarring on it, whale ribs, and a whale tooth. I found
numerous fossilized scallop and gastropod casts.

The dive day begins at the dive shop at about 8am. You check in and do your
waivers, set up any special requests you may have regarding gear, weights,
nitrox etc..then head to the boat. The boat ride is about 15 minutes to the
sites which are as close as a quarter mile offshore. Steve Thacker who is a
retired geologist gives a history lesson of the area. He also has a large
assortmet of the "treasures" you can find on the dives, from
megaladon teeth, to ancient horse teeth, to manatee and whale bones. He
briefs you to take a dive flag, dive with a buddy if you wish, or by
yourself. When you surface Steve or his divemaster helps you aboard and
hoses you down with warm fresh water. They handle your gear, then he helps
you identify your treasures. If you are lucky, you may have brought up a
"Chatah tooth" as he calls them. That is a tooth that he will
trade for the price you paid for your charter that day.

Between dives, water, coke, diet coke and home made chewy chocolate chip
cookies are offered.

After everyone is on board, the group heads to a second site. Once again,
expect to get between an hour for heavy breathers to two hours for those
who are good on air. Again, you are asked to bring some air up with the

The most exciting part of the dives is obviously finding the historic
Megaladon teeth and other fossils, but equally as pleasing is comparing
finds with everyone else on board. 

The visibility here ranges from diving by braille to around 20  feet
normally. There is not much else to see on the mostly sandy bottom. On this
day, from the time we got in the water, we could hear dolphins. On
surfacing, there were at least 30 dolphins all around us providing a most
enjoyable show and finish to our dives.

The dive boat is set up for 6 and that is all the divers he will take. So
book early. Also offered are deeper dives for spearfishing and wreck
diving. The dive shop is well equipped with Dive Rite, Faber Aqualung and
other equipment Steve considers the best out there.
The prices are pretty fair in my opinion as well.

You are pretty much back at the shop and dried off by 2pm and headed to
Captain Eddies nearby for some fantastic seafood for a late lunch.
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