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Dive Review of Quiescence Dive Center/Innerspace Dive Center/N/A in
The Continental USA/Florida Keys

May, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Chris Doering, ME, US (2 reports)
Report Number 4820
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Fiji, Bay Islands, Bonaire, Belize, Cozumel, Zihuatenejo, Puerto Rico
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
78   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
15   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
QDC-one hour time limit, IDC-profile specified on wreck, otherwise time
limited (50-40) on reef.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 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
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
4 stars   
2 stars    
Quiescence Dive Center in Key Largo-friendly and efficient dive operation. 
3 6 packs with not a lot of shelter in the rain, no DM in the water with
you, 45 minute run to the reef.  1 hour limit on shallow reefs, I think 40
feet was the deepest.  Good briefing.  Vis was good or so-so, depending on
the site.  The coral at Dry Rocks (Christ of the Abyss site) was beat, at
other sites it was OK to good.  Large barracuda, 6 foot+ eagle ray, sting
rays, morays, large schools of big midnight parrot fish, nurse sharks,
turtles.  One dive on the City of Washington, a shallow, broken down
wreck-a nice dive.  Great dive operation.

Innerspace Dive Center in Big Pine Key-first two dives cancelled for vis. 
After diving with this op for a couple of days, I was sure it was a
straight-up call and the new owner, Brent, didn't want to take divers out
when you wouldn't be able to see your hand in front of your face.  Next
dive on the A. Busch Sr.  Thoroughly briefed and guided.  I went down too
light and burned up my nitrox fighting bouyancy and current-Brent provided
able assistance with an air-share at the safety stop.  Someone else would
be better qualified to comment on the quality of the A. Busch wreck dive
because my dive here was short and I haven't been on enough wreck dives to
compare.  The last three dives were on the Looe Key reef.  30 foot max
depth, DM in the water.  Schooling large barracuda, goliath grouper, free
swimming moray, tarpon, nurse sharks, large schools of big midnight parrot
fish, abundant smaller tropicals, lots of lobster.  The reef is deeply
undercut in many places, making for an interesting lobster and eel hunt. 
Vis was OK.  Good and thorough briefings.  The owner (Brent), boat captain
(Chris) and shop staff are all friendly, knowledgeable and helpful.  The 6
pack is clean and fast.  Took 2 of us out the first day and just me the
second-no problem.  I will dive with them again when I am in the Keys.

Overall, a good diving fix without leaving the country.
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