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

Jim Abernethy's Scuba Adventures, May, 2010,

by Ron & Dawn Steedman, FL, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 33 reports). Report 5621.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Bonaire, Grand Turk, St. Thomas, Fla Keys, Barbados, Roatan, Belize, Cozumel
Florida Keys, Palm Beach, Barbados, Hawaii,
Grand Cayman-East End.

Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 76 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 70 to Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments 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 possible!



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