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Dive Review of Jim Abernathy's Scuba Adventures in
The Continental USA/West Palm Bch

May, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Ron & Dawn Steedman, FL, USA
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Report Number 4831
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Bonaire, Barbados, Hawaii, Caymanbs, Virgin Is., Fl Keys
Closest Airport
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Dive Conditions

Water Temp
78   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
  to    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
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):
Service and Attitude
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
4 stars    
Jim Abernathy's operation is always top notch. This was a club dive,on the
Deep Obsession with only half of our usual number attending, due to the
economy. A thorough briefing, including illustrations (great ones by Laz)is
always give, and a roll call never missed. We had both photographers and
hunters on this trip- they were dropped at seperate locations without a
problem. These are drift dives, and due to the depths, I would recommend
Nitrox. The current was really ripping on this day, though the seas were
calm. Guides are put in the water with float balls- but you are not obliged
to stay with them. There was a nearby school of dolphins who were still
there as we entered the water- but quickly disappeared.  There was abundant
life- many varieties of angels, parrots, and filefish, puffers, cowfish,
spotted, goldentail, and green morays. A large green turtle swam below as
we started our ascent back to the boat. The boat comes right up to you in
the water- no swimming to it against current, etc. it is an easy entrance
back onto the boat. In between dives is lively conversation with the crew
who offer freshly cut pineapple, packages of nuts, crackers, cookies,&
snack bars along with sodas or water at no charge. On the second dive,
somehow,our guide with the float ball missed the reef, and it was a sand
desert dive at 80 ft. We saw 2 lobsters, and a one tiny patch with 2 sm.
ocean triggers, 2 gray angels, and an intermediate fr, angel. That was it.
On our return to the boat our capt. immediately announced that he was a
diver, and didn't like that kind of dive either. When we arrived at the
dock, there were passes made out in each of our names for a return
complimentary 2 tank dive. This was unbelieveable.There has been the rare
occassion where this "miss the reef" has happened with other dive
operators in the past-but - it's always been an  "oh well.." We
never expected this.  The second day, the seas were even flatter- if that
was possible, and the current had died way off. Both dives were
outstanding- there was so much life there. Scorpionfish, grunts, high hats,
spotted drums,conies,butterflies, plus everything from the previous day and
more. On our last dive we had encounters with 2 small green turtles- one
swam to within inches my face (he knew I didn't have a camera.) Just before
we were ready to start back up, we saw a huge boulder on the bottom, which
turned out to be one of the largest loggerheads I have ever seen.  On our
return to the docks, the crew unloads the gear(they also load all the gear
onto the boat).I highly recommend this great operation.
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