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Dive Review of Force-E &South Florida Divers &Parrot Island Scuba/N/A in
The Continental USA/Pompano Beach, FL

July, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Sandra J Walzer, AZ, US
Reviewer   (6 reports)
Report Number 5588
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Bonaire, Fiji, St Martin, Cabo San Lucas, Hawaii, Aruba, Curacao,
Bermuda, Bahamas
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
83   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
10   to 20    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Service and Attitude
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
2 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
1 stars   
3 stars    
Actually, this report is about three operations.  Force-E set me up to dive
with South Florida Divers and Parrot Island Divers.  I rented my BC and
regulator from them, and they arranged for my tanks to be on the boat.  The
equipment was in excellent condition.  South Florida Divers was a cattle
boat with a mixture of about 18 snorkelers, 6 divers getting their
certification (who did have their own DM) and 5 certified divers. In
Florida, you do not have a dive master go down with you; you have to hook
up all your own gear, which if you are renting you get from a shop in town
and drag it to the boat; and there are no nice snacks or fruit juice
waiting when you come up from a dive. The dives are mediocre at best and if
you ask someone on the boat or in the store about something you saw -- they
don't know what it is. In the shop you're told you can look it up in a
book. In all fairness the DM on the South Florida boat did her best to keep
everyone happy.  
My experience with Parrot Island Divers was a great improvement, since
there were only 10 of us on the boat, although you still were expected to
hook up your own gear, and there were at least some cold drinks when you
came up.  Kim, the DM and Jerry, the captain were very helpful and
I've done nearly a 100 dives over the last 20 years which isn't a lot and I
guess I'm spoiled from diving in the Caribbean and Hawaii.  As I was told
by someone in the Scuba shop, "Florida is not considered a dive
destination, and that's the way we do things here." Well, to be sure,
I will never consider it a dive destination again!
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