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Dive Review of Jim Abernathy's Scuba Adventures in
The Continental USA/Riviera Bch, Florida

September, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Dawn Steedman, Fl, USA
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Report Number 4412
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Fla Keys, Caribbean, Hawaii
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
cloudy  
Seas
choppy, currents  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
20   to 60    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
No deco, 50 min.  
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
4 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 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
N/A
Food
N/A
Service and Attitude
N/A
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
Beginners
2 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
I arranged a dive with this operation for our local club from the west
coast of Fla.  almost a year in advance. With a discount in price for a
group, unfortunately, often comes a "discount in service". Not
with this operation- they were over the top in service. We had spear
fishers, lobsterers, photographers, and fish watchers all in the same
group. JASA let us know ahead that they had no coolers on board for fish.
When we arrived, there was ice avail. for the coolers the club members
brought. We were cheerfully greeted by Racquel in the office,and by the
crew on the boat. Unneeded dive bags were stowed down below by the crew; a
boat orientation was given, and some great dive site drawings were done by
Laz. For 2 days  we were divided into 2 groups: the hunters (spear fishers)
and gatherers (lobster season), and the Tourists ( photo bugs and fish
watchers). The crew was attentive to all, and gave a hand where needed-
fixing a reg., helping someone on with equip.,redropping someone who got
lost, etc. The vis was up and down, due to Hurricane Ike having just
passed; the current varied from site to site. The crew would try to find
the best sites possible for the conditions they faced. Snacks of soda,
water, chips, cookies,and fresh pineapple were served both before and after
the dive. Everyone in the club was very pleased with the level of
knowledge, service, and friedliness of the staff- not an easy task with
such a diverse group. As we were leaving the boat, we had the added perk of
seeing Jim Abernathy, who had a cooler of baby leatherbacks and loggerheads
ready to be relesed. We will definitely return to dive with this operation
again.
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