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Dive Review of Quiescence in
The Continental USA

April, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by CHED MILLER, nh, usa
Report Number 2786
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, choppy  
Water Temp
78   to 76    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
1 hour/ 500psi  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 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):
5 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
I dove with Quiescence(Q) Dive (mm103.5)in April of 2006 for a two week. Q
runs three 6 packs out of Key Largo. They have been around for many years
and know the best dive spots based on the weather and ocean condition in
the Marine Park. There were several times when we went out and I looked at
the ocean and said this is not going to be a great day and it turned out
just fine due to the locations that were chosen.

Their captains know diving and how to ensure the divers have the least
hassles given the diving conditions. Two examples; we were diving the
Spiegel Grove and it was blowing pretty good  all the other dive boats on
the site were tied up bow first to the mooring buoys and their divers were
going off the stern and having to swim/pull their way up to the buoy to
descend. John had us suit up while we were still coming up to the site and
then tied up stern first so we stepped off the boat right next to the buoy
and were able to grab the line and descend to the wreck with little effort.
When we came up the boat was bow first and we drifted back to the stern and
got on board with the boat as protection against the wave action, on
another day a couple, who were new to diving, came up rather far (maybe 15
yards) and down wind from the boat which would have meant a tough swim back
to the boat - John dropped the mooring and moved the boat to them so they
could easily board. The captain executed these actions effortlessly and
with only a positive impact on the divers. 

The captains move your equipment from the spent tank to the new tank before
you even get your mask and weight belt off so you were all set for the
second dive before you left the first dive site. They want you on the boat
with 500psi or after you have been down an hour, other then that dive as
you want.

Keys Largo diving is always great from a fish prospective, sometime there
are so many fish you have to almost push them aside to swim forward. We saw
nurse sharks almost on every dive, numerous rays, morays, groupers, angels.
You name it they were there. 

The Shop folks were great as well - I ship my equipment down UPS so I don't
have to hassle with the airlines, my reservations were as requested and we
were able to change them around to accommodate some changes in our plans.
The shop is a scuba ranger shop and SCUBA Steve gave my 10 year old
grandson a great introductory scuba lesson in a near by pool. They are a
top notch shop in every way.

I stayed at an Ocean Point Condo, only ocean side condo with a beach- it
has a pool and tennis courts as well. The continental breakfast was just
what you needed before going diving. Ask for a condo in building 4 or 5
since they are the ones with ocean views.
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