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

June, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Eva Katcher, MD, USA (1 report)
Report Number 531

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Reporter
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Australia, Bahamas, Little Cayman, Cancun, Cozumel

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, windy  
Seas
choppy  
Water Temp
80   to 0    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
0
Water Visibility
50   to 0    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Only restrictions were to come back with 500 PSI  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
1 or 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 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  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
3 stars
Food
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
3 stars   
Advanced
3 stars    
Comments  
Jeff Jarvis of the HMS Minnow (hmsminnow.com) runs an excellent dive
operation.  He takes a maximum of 6 divers so that he can get out before
the cattleboats.  He also treats you like an adult.  He provides a good
dive briefing and then leaves it up to you to dive your own profile.  You
need to be back on the boat with 500 PSI.  We were down for more than an
hour on some locations.  The weather ranged from great to poor the weekend
we went.  One day there was a very strong current on the surface and the
seas were cresting at 3-5 feet.  The next day the surface was flat and very
calm.  Plenty of barracudas, eels, and fish schooling.  We managed to dive
the Spiegel Grove, which is already getting good coral growth.  An
excellent weekend.  
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