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Dive Review of M/V Fling in
The Continental USA/Gulf of Mexico

August, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Clay Briscoe, TX, USA
Report Number 2082
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Florida, Cozumel, Grand Cayman
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
83   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
A 3 hour surface interval was enforced.  Dive depths were limited to 130'
on the first dive of the day.  All other dives were limited to 100'.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Although I am not an underwater photographer but, the boat had a large
table specifically for camera gear and two large rinse tanks that they told
all divers was for camera gear only.  They lowered all cameras into the
water before entry and had a line available for camera extraction at the
end of the dive.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
5 stars    
The M/V Fling holds approximately 30 divers + crew.  This trip was a 3 day
adventure with the first events beginning with boarding @ 8:30 pm.  By 9:00
the trip was underway and the 1st dive breifing is a whopper.  The
information comes first from the captin, then the Galley Admiral, and
finally from the Divemasters.  The first day contains 5 dives, the second
day 4 dives, and the last day 2 dives.  The first two days started with a
7:30am dive and ended with a night dive.  The last day has a sunrise dive
and then a morning dive before departing for the long boat ride back to the
dock. The first day is spent on the East and West banks of the Flower
Gardens.  If the weather and sea is accomodating they will attempt to
include a "rig" dive while traveling between the two locations. 
The second day will begin on the Flower Gardens and then they will move the
110' M/V Fling to Stetson Banks.  Stetson is a large shelf that allows for
a congregation point for aquatic life of all shapes and sizes.  Further,
there is not any coral for the critters to hide in.  If the animal is there
you get to see it in all of its' glory.  This is very interesting during
night dives since the edge of the shelf generally runs around 80' and drops
off to well over 200' allowing for a wide range of surprizes on all dives
but particularly during night dives.  Several divers interested only in the
large pelagics would position themselves about 100' off of the shelf at 75'
and wait to see the big boys cruise in from the deeper water.  The time
that my buddy and I decided to join them we were excited to see several
sharks a huge grouper, turtles and rays.  Most of the diving on both
locations is at depths greather than 70'.  Currents can be strong and may
run in different directions at different depths.  This diving is physically
chanllenging.  Space on the boat is a little tight when they have a full
load of divers and all of them are headed for the jump gate.  Entry is a
giant stride from the side of the boat.  (At calm seas the drop from the
boat to the water is approximately 7 feet.)  These dives are challenging
not only due to the physical conditions mentioned earlier but also because
all divers are allowed to dive their profiles and while Divemasters are
available, and in the water, each diver is handling their own navigation
and exploration.  Don't under estimate changing sea environments from the
beginning of your dive to the end.  This is a great place to encounter
large fish and a great number of the Carribean tropicals.  The food was
good. A homecooked style of table fair and there was plenty of it between
every dive.  Sleeping accomodations were a little cramped and this
operation requires you to provide all of your own equipment including a
tank.  (Nitrox diving and certification clases are available.)  However,
for the price this is excellent bargain.  My buddy and I really enjoyed the
trip and we will be booking early for next year's dives with the M/V Fling.
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