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

July, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by David Lindaman, MO, USA
Report Number 1131
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
81   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
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.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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
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
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
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
or e-mail me and I will give you my honest
opinion.  I'll see you on board next year!
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