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Dive Review of Jim Abernethy's Scuba Adventures in
The Continental USA/West Palm Beach

May, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Ron & Dawn Steedman, FL, US
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Report Number 5621
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Bonaire, Grand Turk, St. Thomas, Fla Keys, Barbados,Roatan, Belize,
Florida Keys, Palm Beach,Barbados,Hawaii,
Grand Cayman-East End. 

Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
76   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
70   to    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
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  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
4 stars    
Abernathy's is a consistently good,top-notch, solid operation - always
safety conscious, helpful, and friendly.We went out on the Deep Obsession
(custom built for diving)for(2)2-tank dives over the weekend. We use
Nitrox, as the dives average 60-70 ft. most of the time. This trip we were
diving with some members of our dive club, also our son, Quinn  from
Atlanta. Our 13 year old grandson, Christian, with over 50 dives, was doing
his first drift dive.
We timed this trip so that we could hit the Blue Heron Bridge with our
second dive on Saturday afternoon. After a thorough briefing, complete with
drawings,we entered the water, along with divemaster who led the way with
the float ball. (You may go on your own if you choose).  Our first dive
site for the day was The Breakers, a consistently good drift dive. Water
temp was around 76, and visibility was good, around 70. It was a really
pretty site, soft corals, barrel sponges, and abundant life, numerous
angelfishes, Atlantic Spades, large balloon fish, and, unfortunately, a
lionfish (dispatched). The highlight was a Stargazer sitting right out in
the open on the sand!  A huge chub school, around 100+, was there on our
ascent. Back on the boat we were greeted with fresh pineapple- carved into
a lion fish, snacks of all varieties, sodas, and water. A roll call was
taken and we were on our way to the bridge. We got back to the Bridge and
caught the tide just right. We entered the water by the docks, south of the
bridge,  and worked our way to the bridge- this area was more interesting
than the bridge itself. To say the dive was fantastic would be an
understatement, too many things to list: Playful octopi, cow nose rays,
southern stingrays, decorated urchins, chocolate chip seacukes, tiny
flounders, yellow basket stars, flying gurnard- just amazing. Those who had
dove this previously from the shore said that this was a totally different
experience. Back on the boat are shower heads with shampoo.

We all headed over to PA BBQ that evening- our traditional dinner spot, and
enjoyed the company and conversation. Sunday morning we hit two more great
sites, first doing Rons Rock, drifting down to the Flower Garden, again
lots of life, king crab, arrow crabs, numerous angels, lobsters, scorpion
fish, many sea fans, and barrel sponges. Our last dive was the Trench,
spotted moray, large orange filefish pair (not orange-spot or white-spot,
but orange- never had seen those before), large cuda, black margates, and a
green turtle. Although there sometimes is a brisk current there, it was
really mild, so everyone could go slow and appreciate the critters, plus
small vase sponges, translucent barrel sponges, and sea fans. 

It is always a pleasure to see how diverse the fish population is, and how
large sized they are on the East Coast- probably due to the proximity of
the Gulf Stream to the Palm Beach coast.  It was a great weekend both for
diving and getting together which the crew of Deep Obsession made

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