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Dive Review of Scuba-Do in
The Continental USA

August, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Andy Kenley, FL, US
Sr. Contributor   (21 reports)
Report Number 5649
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean,Bahamas,all parts of Fl.,GBR.,PNG.,Fiji,Hawaiian
Islands,Micronesia
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
currents  
Water Temp
86   to    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 70    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
no  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
limits of your computer,stick with the herd.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
None 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
N/A  
Large Pelagics
  N/A
 
 
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  
Comments
Rinse barrel for cameras.
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  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
Beginners
3 stars   
Advanced
3 stars    
Comments  
Key Largo is a dangerous place for experienced solo divers.The passengers
on a dive boat there represent a wide range of experience levels.I went on
a trip to the USCG Cutter Duane (one of my favorite dives in the world).We
were 6, 2 fellas,an instructor and her 2 aow students, and myself.I have
dove the Duane 10 times over the years.80% of the time, the current is at
least 2 knots. It was calm. The instructor told me to go first.I grabbed on
to the line to the buoy.The current was running,but,diveable.I consumed
300lbs of my precious gas,while my fellows dithered. That was it.I went to
the buoy and pulled myself down the line to the smokestack.I clipped on to
it with my reef hook and awaited the others.After awhile, I perceived that
they were making some tentative movements down the line.Well done! I
unhooked and dropped down to the deck and worked my way into the current
until I reached the radar tower. I looked behind me,the school had reached
the smokestack, good for them,they were gaining valuable experience.I
fooled around inside the structure,wandered further towards the stern.I saw
it was time to rise a bit,I floated up to the radar mast,rehooked, and
"flew" in the current until I had expended my bottom time.I
ascended and returned to the boat.There I get a lecture from the 20
something skipper.I don't know what to do, I love diving the Duane,but,if
you go down there by yourself,more than likely your buddy (through no fault
of their own)won't be up to the current.
On a better note. We dove Molasses Reef for the second dive.It looked
really good.The Coral is coming back,and,the fish were varied and
plentiful.
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