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

HMS Minnow/N/A, Jul, 2004,

by David Lindaman, MO, USA . Report 1131.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 81 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 40 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Dive with a buddy or buddy up with others if you are alone, dive your own profile, back on the boat with 500 PSI, on shallow dives back on the boat in 75 minutes.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments If you have read any past editions of the Chapbook you know I am a repeat diver with the HMS Minnow. Yes there are other good dive ops in Key Largo, but there aren't any better than Jeff and Betty Jarvis. I have dove with them for five years and will continue to dive with them as long as they are running the HMS Minnow, there is no reason to change. The Minnow is a beautiful little boat that holds six divers (be sure and ask Capt. Jarvis why it is not a 'Ship'). It is well rigged for it's purose with a tank bench in the center of the aft deck, back roll into the water and climb the fin ladder back on board. Jeff is always there take your gear back to the rack for you. He carries first aid and oxygen equipment on board and his navigational and communications gear is up-to-date. There are fresh orange slices, juice drinks and water available from the coolers. Jeff has a great sense of humor and my dive buddy and I always enjoy exchanging wise cracks and matching wits with him. Jeff works hard to get you to the dive site you want, but if he thinks the conditions are dangerous he won't put his divers in harm's way no matter how much you want to go. He gives good concise briefings with maps prior to each dive. I have seen all ages and all levels of divers have a great time on the HMS Minnow due to Jeff's diligence in ensuring each diver has the best possible time. As for the diving in the Florida Keys, I think it is great! Great wrecks, great marine life and decent vis. If you are like me, land-locked in the Mid-West with a limited dive budget, you just can't beat Key Largo and the Minnow for a thrilling dive adventure at a great price. If you need nitrox, rental gear, help with accomodations, dive training or want a dive guide, Jeff can set all of that up, all you have to do is ask. If you want more info call Jeff at 800-366-9301, or check the website www.hmsminnow.com or e-mail me dwlindaman@sbclgobal.net and I will give you my honest opinion. I'll see you on board next year!
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