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

July, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by David Lindaman, MO, United States (1 report)
Report Number 4983
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
choppy, surge  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Back on the boat in an hour or at 500 psi  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
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
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
4 stars    
After skipping a year of diving, I was glad to get to Key Largo and get
wet.  I chose to dive from the HMS Minnow, which is moored at the Holiday
Inn docks.  Capt Jeff Jarvis runs a nice little six pack boat.  I dove 5
days and the boat was never full.  Capt Jarvis is a one man operation.  He
lets you dive your own profile and is happy to take you to the deep wrecks
as long as it is arranged prior so he doesn't book a novice on the boat at
the same time.  The HMS Minnow leaves the dock 30 minutes before most of
the big boats so you usually get first pick of the mooring balls.  Capt
Jarvis gives thorough briefings prior to each dive.  His boat is equipped
with the necessary safety gear.  He is very safety conscience and will not
take you out in undiveable conditions just to get his payment.  If it isnt
safe, the boat doesnt go and you dont pay.  He will work hard to find you
a dive site with good conditions, twice we arrived at the planned site only
to find vis and current were not good.  Capt Jarvis contacted other dive
operators on the marine radio and went to several other dive sites to
ensure we had a safe and fun experience.  I have dove with other operators
in Key Largo, and many are good, but I find the HMS Minnow to be the best
little six pack on the island.  It is the perfect platform for new divers,
expert divers and diving families; all for no more cost than the large
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