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Dive Review of Our own boat/our own RV in
The Continental USA/Keys

May, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Bruce Wallace, IN, USA
Report Number 2754
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
22 different islands in the Caribbean since 2002
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

choppy, surge  
Water Temp
82   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Recreational limits   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
We own our own dive boat, a 16' RIB inflatable with 40hp outboard.  We set
up a fresh water rinse tub and have a 10 gal fresh water shower on board. 
The reef of the Florida Keys are nearly unmatched for UWP.  They are all
there and if you let them, they will come to you for having their pictures
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
My wife (100+ dives) and I (1,000+) dives arrived in Key Largo in May 06
for a four month stay to dive the Pennekamp and Florida Marine Sanctuary. 
We own a 16' inflatable hard hull boat rigged for scuba diving.  Our RV
camp was located right on the Adams Cut with direct access to Largo Sound
and the open Atlantic.  Our runs to the reefs averaged 20 minutes.

We started at Carysfort Reef/Light and spent the next four months diving
nearly every mooring bouy group all the way down to Molasses Reef at the
extreme south end of the Pennekamp Sanctuary.  We dove depths from 5 feet
to 130 feet with general conditions of no current (or not noticeable),
waves between dead calm and 2 feet, visibility averaging 60 to 70 feet
(measured by two divers holding up fingers)and mostly on reefs with the
usual Grove, Duane, Bibb and Benwood wrecks thrown in for interest and
T-shirts.  The Benwood was our favorite at 35 feet (average), very
distributed debris field, tons of hiding places and the greatest
"scare" of all when a group of Tarpon "fly" through
your dive area.  

Name the reef fish in the books and they were there to test your
recognition specialty.  Most fish are people friendly as they see hundreds
and hundreds of divers and snorkelers every day.  The Barracuda are
particulary nerve-racking as they have been fed by dive operators and show
little waryness to approaching divers.  This can be disconcerting when we
were easily approached within a couple of feet by 4 to 5 foot great
barracudas looking for a "hand out" (try to keep your hands close
to your body and use the camera housing for your defense moves.

All in all, we dove over 100 dives in the four months.  Air refills from
World Watersports were $2 each.  We dove 80's, 63's and a 50 to see how our
time was impacted.  The 63's were the best as they were lighter and we
still exceeded 60 minutes (or wife's thermal limits).  There is simply no
need to dive 80's when max depth is less than 100 feet.

We shot over 1,000 still pics and 30 hours of digital video.  All in all,
it was an "Endless Summer" to be remembered.  THANKS!
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