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Dive Review of Scuba Tech/N/A in
The Continental USA/Florida Panhandle

July, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by David Reubush, VA, USA
Top Contributor   (45 reports, with 8 Helpful votes)
Report Number 2579
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Australia, Belize, Bimini, Bonaire, Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, Curacao,
Dominica, Galapagos, Red Sea, Roatan, Turks & Caicos, Virgin Islands   
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
80   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 40    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Come back with 500 psi and don't go into decompression  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
1 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Had a rinse bucket on the boat for cameras, otherwise nothing.  However,
considering the visibility and what there was to see I can understand the
limited accomodations for photograhers.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
1 stars    
Had an invitation to spend a week with friends at their summer place in
Destin, FL.  I did an internet search, found that there was diving, and
since I was driving I decided to haul my gear along.  First the good.  I
went out with Scuba Tech of NW Florida, Inc. (850-837-2822).  I called on
Monday of the week we were there and went out on Wednesday.  Scuba Tech is
located on U.S. Hwy 98, which is the main drag in Destin.  Their boat is
docked at a marina behind some stores across the street from the shop so it
is very easy to find both the shop and the boat.  The boat is a 45 ft.
converted crew boat with an enclosed cabin and covered open area in the
back that gives you fresh air but keeps you out of the sun.  The boat was
in good shape and had absolutely the cleanest head of any dive boat I have
ever been on.  The whole operation was very well run.  Most of the divers
were newbies and they had several dive masters on the boat who split the
newbies up into small groups so that they could pay attention to them.  I
buddied up with a relatively experienced diver and we were allowed to do
our own thing with no hassle.  During the surface interval between dives
the crew swapped our tanks for us and then cut up a fresh pineapple for our
snack.  Now the bad.  The visibility was only about 30 feet and once on the
bottom there wasn't much to see anyway.  Our first dive was on a
"reef."  Actually, a step in the bottom which ran for several
hundred yards with a little bit of coral.  The depth was 80-85 ft. and my
buddy sucked air so we had limited bottom time.  The second dive was to the
Destin bridge rubble (concrete slabs).  This dive went from 60-70 ft. so
there was also not a huge amount of bottom time.  The only interesting
things to see were a few neat star fish and lots of highhats of which I had
only seen 1 before in all my diving.      
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