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Dive Review of HMS Minnow/Private Residence in
The Continental USA/Key Largo

July, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by David Lindaman, MO, USA
Report Number 2604
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dive your own profile (computer or table), but be back on the boat in an
hour with 500 psi in your tank.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 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
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
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    
I am a repeat customer with the HMS Minnow.  Capt Jeff Jarvis and his wife
Betty run the nicest little six-pack you could ever hope to find.  They are
friendly down to earth folks that want you to have a good time, at a good
price, and come home safe.  You will pay a little more than going on a big
boat, but you will come away with new friends and a personalized experience
that you will never forget.  Jeff lets you dive your own profile, you just
have to be back on the boat in an hour with 500 psi in your tank.  Onboard
the HMS Minnow you will find iced drinking water, fruit juice drinks, two
small rinse buckets, and a fresh water spray rinse, but no head.  The HMS
Minnow is also equipped with modern navigation equipment, first aid and
oxygen.  In six years, I have never had a short fill in one of Jeffs
tanks; he uses full size aluminum 80s.  He can provide Nitrox if requested.
 At the dive site you will get a good briefing.  You will usually be the
first boat at the site as he tries to leave the dock 30 minutes before all
the other dive ops.  He strives to get everyone to the type of location
they want.  This year I booked a one trip spot for my non-diving spouse and
eight year old son, Jeff was very helpful to them as they snorkeled while I
dove with the other divers.  This is a one man operation once the Minnow
pulls out of her slip leaving Betty on the dock, but Jeff will help you
gear up at the beginning of the dive and will be waiting at the top of the
fin ladder to relieve you of it at the end of your dive.  Jeff will not be
in the water with you, but he will gladly arrange for a guide or for an
instructor should you need to complete your open water or any other
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