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Dive Review of Ocean Quest/Sandy's Sunday in
The Continental USA/Palm Beach, FL

August, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Dawn Steedman, FL, United States
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Report Number 5026
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Fla. Keys, Bonaire, Barbados, St. Thomas, Grand Turk, Cozumel, Hawaii,
Belize,Caymans, Roatan
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
75   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 30    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
no deco, back with 500 psi  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
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  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
2 stars   
4 stars    
The capt. of Sandy's Sunday- Sandy, ia a former employee of Abernathy's
Scuba Adventures. Vicky on shore, Sandy, the capt., and Matt, our dive
master, were all super friendly. Matt is only 18, but a real joy to be
around. His enthusiasm is over the top. We did 2 drift dives with them, and
they are a bit short- handed and disorganized. The operation changed the
times of our dives the day before we were to go, and then they were over a
half hr. late arriving, making it later in the day for those driving back
the same day. We were told that weights were included, but I was glad we
took ours along.There were 2 buckets with a jumble of weights and belts,not
the right weights for most of the divers, so it was a challenge to make
them work. The 30' boat is cramped. and it has strong deisel fumes when
under way.  There are only 2 people, as crew- one being the capt., and the
other the guide, so no one was there to help anyone getting back on the
boat. These are drift dives- but there is no spotter on the boat.One of the
divers surfaced- luckily not in trouble, but he wasn't seen as the capt.
was cutting up fruit; this could be a safety issue. By the way, they put
out a great spread, in between, and after divies (fruits, cookies,
crackers). The visibility wasn't very good on the day we went-30' on one,
and 20' at best on the 2nd.There was a pretty good current- and a
thermocline at 60'- going from a balmy 84 down to 74 degrees. None the
less, we saw tons of fish.There was a Hammerhead spotted at the Trench,  3
sea turtles, large angels of all types, and species too numerous to list.
When we docked, the capt. had trouble getting into the slip- one of the
divers helped her out after several tries.  Without the fumes, with another
hand, and more organization, this could be a very nice operation.
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