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Dive Review of Quiescene Diving Service in
The Continental USA/Florida - Upper Keys

Quiescene Diving Service, Aug, 2003,

by Bill Harward, OR, USA . Report 635.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Pacific Northwest, Canada, Calif, Hawaii, Missouri, Bahamas, Florida
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 86 to 0 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 60 minute dive or 500 psi
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Did a two tank afternoon trip, booked based on reviews in the Chap Book. They have 3 - 6 pack boats and plug themselves as not being cattle boats. Boats are in very good condition and well run, professional outfit. Boat I was on was late leaving the dock and the captain apologized for the delay. Went over basic boat layout, safety and dive restrictions (60 minutes or 500 psi). Got to the site and he gave us a good site briefing. Was last one in the water and started return at 50 minutes, about 5 minutes out captain started moving the boat toward us (that's cool). Once everyone was back onboard he explained that we were at the best site given current conditions and that there was no reason to move (??). He did move us a short distance to another buoy, but we stayed on the same site (Dixie Shoal). Second dive was actually better, stayed closer to boat, last one in again. At 50 minutes was under the boat and the captain was leaning over the side looking at us. What he meant by 60 minutes was out of the wate and back on the boat! Returned to dock and we were off quickly, boat was reloaded and the captain was gone out again. They don't run cattle boats, but they turn the boats around 3 times a day and they stay on a tight schedule. Even though we were late leaving the dock the captain still stayed on schedule. Felt the dives were rushed, no rinse bucket or any place for cameras. Came up and found my camera stuck in a bucket with boat cleaning gear! Don't think I'll dive with them again.
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