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

Quiescence Dive Center/Innerspace Dive Center/N/A, May, 2009,

by Chris Doering, ME, US ( 2 reports). Report 4820.

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

Weather rainy Seas choppy
Water Temp 78 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 15 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions QDC-one hour time limit, IDC-profile specified on wreck, otherwise time limited (50-40) on reef.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments 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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