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Dive Review of Jupiter Dive Center in
The Continental USA/Jupiter

August, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Torsten Gross, NY, US (2 reports)
Report Number 6692
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
26-50 dives
Where else diving
Key Largo, New York, Pennsylvania, Cuaraco
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
84   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
65   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 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
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
5 stars    
At 8am I checked in with Steve Metcalf who is a dive master at Jupiter Dive
Center. As part of the dive, Steve asked two Dive Masters in Training
(Lauren and Daryl) to join us for the dive (from moment one I felt at ease.
Super nice folks, just as excited about diving as I am). After signing the
dont-sue-us-if-you-die-because-you-did-something-wrong-you-moron paperwork
and reciting my Im-nervous-but-humor-will-mask-reality jokes, Lauren and
crew moved my gear and tanks (Steel 100s) to the boat. The dock, located
behind JDC, has small 3 steps down to get to the boat. The guys lifted me
down with no issue (I am in a wheelchair). Then Daryl and Clay (one of the
great deckhands) backed me down a ramp which, during low-tide, deserves the
double-black diamond rating (vs a green bunny slope when we returned with
high tide). Once on the boat, I strapped myself to the ladder so that I
wouldnt be thrown around during our trip to the wreck. I must have gotten
lucky, because we only had 10 divers on the boat, a luxury for any diver
(and they were all great people. With that much luck I shouldve played the
Our first location was the Zion Train. Sandy, the dive guide, gave a great
safety briefing and explained the plan. Zion Train is a make-up of 3
wrecks: the first is the Zion, a small tug listing on its side, the second
is Miss Jenny, an upside down barge, and the third is the Esso Bonaire, a
large, upright barge. All the divers dropped first. I rolled to the back of
the boat, retied by chair to a rail (don't want it going over with me), and
was lifted down onto the transom. We snapped on my BC and I did a roll
forward into the water. As this was my first deep dive (91'), we descended
slowly onto Zion. I don't recall the Zion because I was concentrating more
on the process than the view. After a few minutes we rose out of the shadow
of the boat where I could feel the current. It wasn't fast, but nice enough
to know that I could drift alone without a problem. We drifted to the next
wreck passing a large (30-40) group of Goliath Grouper (up to 300lbs).
Peering into some of the openings you could see Groupers that (in my
estimation) were so big they couldn't get out of the wreck! As we
approached the top of the wreck, covered by a beautiful green blanket, you
could see straight into the hull. I had never breached a wreck, so this was
an exciting moment. There wasn't all that much to see inside the hull, but
never the less a good practice run for what was to come.
We continued on and explored the Captains Bridge and the aft of the barge.
I peered into one of the openings and felt the urge to go in. As it was a
tiny opening, we entered through another entrance (something I rarely say:
we "used the stairs"). Being 6'5", broad shoulders with a
tank attached to me and not being the most graciously nimble swimmer (but
what the heck right?), heading into the opening was calculated (read:
trying not to hit everything). I exhaled and descended down the steps into
the passageway with Steve in front of me. We made our way to the back of
the barge into the crewmans "lounge". It's really interesting to
see something that has been suspended in time, sprinkled with ash and sea
life. Entering a wreck, with such a small opening, was exhilarating.
At the end of the dive Steve pointed out a shark, sleeping under the cover
of a sideways sheet of metal. During my first conversation with Steve I
asked "what should one watch out for with Sharks?". His reply
"don't wake them up. They don't react kindly to that". Now, I
didn't (and still don't) know if he was kidding. All I could think, while
looking at this shark, is Elmur Fudd tiptoeing whispering "Be Vewy
Vewy Quiet. It's human season".
After 44 minutes we surfaced. Since we had one diver on Air, we had a
longer surface interval (the rest of us were on Nitrox).
The second dive took us to MG-111. This dive was a bit less exciting. We
dropped 60' to see a huge cluster of Goliath Grouper around some steel
posts. One of the highlights was watching Steve catch a lobster with his
hands. Sadly no sharks on this dive. I'm chalking this dive up to
All in all this was an amazing day. The drift currents can be fantastic for
HSA divers since you don't need to exert that much energy to get around.
With that said, if the current is not drifting in the right direction (even
a little bit), it can be difficult (more on that in my next write-up of my
dive on Rons Reef). My suggestion is to use a Steel 100 tank and get Nitrox
certified before you go. With so much beauty, and at that depth, you'll
want it to last as long as possible. 
(To note  I am a diver in a wheelchair. For pictures and a video that
could help others in wheelchairs (and pedestrians too!), see
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