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Dive Review of HMS Minnow/N/A in
The Continental USA/Key Largo, Florida

June, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by David Lindaman, MO, USA
Report Number 1923
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

choppy, surge  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Back on the boat in one hour or at 500 psi, whichever comes first.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
This is the sixth year in a row that I have dove with the HMS Minnow. 
Owners/Operators Capt. Jeff Jarvis and his wife Betty run the nicest little
six pack dive boat you could ask for.  He has first aid and oxygen onboard,
his electronics are up to date, his boat is in good shape, his motor is
brand new this year and his aluminum 80s always have a good fill in them. 
The boat has a large canvass top that gives plenty of shade and a great
tank bench in the center of the boat with room for six divers to gear up
and drop in quickly.  You enter the water with a back roll over the side. 
You exit the water via a fin ladder where Jeff will be waiting to take your
tank and BC.  This is not a spacious boat, there is no head or large camera
table, but there are camera rinse buckets and a fresh water hose for
rinsing equipment and divers.  Jeff leaves the dock 30 minutes before most
of the other boats and can usually get you to the site before the best
mooring balls are gone.  He is extremely safety oriented and will not take
you out or charge you if conditions would put you at risk or make your dive
unenjoyable.  He works hard to get you to the sites you want, first to book
usually get to choose.  He will coordinate instruction through a local dive
master if you desire it and he only uses dependable, quality instructors. 
He can also help you arrange local accomodations if you need them.  He is
docked at the Holiday Inn, so that is always a good choice, walk out of
your room and onto the boat.  He has good rental gear if you are traveling
light.  His prices are no more than the big boats and you get personal
service.  Be prepared to enjoy Jeff's dry sense of humor and exchange of
tall tales (I didn't know whether to believe him or not when he said the
USS Grove had been wrighted by a hurricane).  Yes, there are other good
dive operators in the Keys, but when I have to make long distance
arrangements and count on them being correct when I get there, it is good
knowing who I am dealing with.  Even with the vis down on this trip due to
a tropical storm moving through days before we arrived, Jeff made the best
of things and got us to sites with decent enough vis while many of the big
boats were dropping divers in near zero vis.  We never had less than 20 and
often Jeff was able to find us 50 to 60 feet of vis.  Jeff will do night
dives if you ask early and he can get a full boat.  If you think I am
overselling, just take a look at past editions of the Chapbook and you will
see that others share my opinion.  Check out Jeff's web site or e-mail him at or call him toll
free at 800-366-9301.  Don't forget to pick up a HMS Minnow T-shirt.
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