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Dive Review of Jim Abernathy's Aquasports in
The Continental USA/West Palm Beach, Fl

August, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Joseph Gallagher, IN, US A
Reviewer   (4 reports)
Report Number 810
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Philippines, Australia, Gloucester, MA
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
0   to 70    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Those with computers could dive no longer than 60 minutes which wasn't a
restriction since depths were from 60-80 feet  
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
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Ride to dive site is from 30 min to 1 hour.  During that time the boat is
large enough to set up camerica equipment although bench space is not
plentiful.  There normally a bucket in which to place cameras prior to
entering water.  Dives are drift dives with strong current, best to enter
water with cameras or fight to stay with boat to be handed cameras.   
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars   
4 stars    
Diving off of West Palm Beach is adventurous due to proximity of Gulf
Current to Florida Coast at this bend on the Eastern side of the Floridian
Peninsula.  Jim Abernathy's boats accomodate experienced divers by going to
sites North of the West Palm Beach/Riveria Fl Inlet where sites are deep
and currents strong.  But these sites contain the best marine life. 
Barracuda, sharks, and turtles are plentiful as well as spiny lobsters and
rays.  Caribbean reef fish to include many large morays live off the reef
shelfs which line the sea bottom at depths of 60-80 feet.  Breaks in the
reefs provide respite from the currents and allow for exploration and

The skill of the boat captain is critical in setting up divers on top of
the reefs.  If set up incorrectly the currents may carry divers off the
reefs before they reach bottom providing a dive tour of sandy bottoms.  
North dive sites, which include wrecks and a site referred to as Shark
Alley, are best left to experienced divers, those with at least advanced
diver qualification and several drift dives.   South dive sites off of West
Palm beach are shallower and currents are not so strong, thus more
accomodating for the less experienced.   Of the many boats which operate
out of the West Palm Beach area, Jim Abernathy's is the best run operation
and the best at accomodating experineced divers.   A plus feature is
normally the presence of local divers very experienced in diving the reefs
who are more than willing to provide advice and insights on the best method
of diving the many sites.  

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