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Dive Review of Sea Seacher II in
The Continental USA/Texas Gulf Coast

August, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Larry Day, TX, USA
Report Number 50
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Florida Keys, Fort Lauderdale, Belize, Roatan, Cozumel, Texas
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy  
calm, choppy, surge, currents  
Water Temp
84   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Strict buddy rules. Logged depth (max130),air consumed,Time in/out.
Monitored Nitrogen loading since we were able to do 8 dives over two days.   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars   
4 stars    
The Sea searcher II operates out of Freeport, Texas and makes runs of
approximately 100 miles to the Flower Gardens Marine Sanctuary.  Departures
are typically Friday evening with return on Sunday evening.
We were able to do up to eight dives during the trip.  We were at four
different locations during the trip which included The Flower Gardens East
bank, Stetson Bank and a deep oil rig. Stetson Bank was my personal
favorite due to the unique geology and the wall diving.
From the moment we boarded, the crew did everything possible to make sure
we had a safe and enjoyable trip. We were briefed regarding dive operations
before we ever left the dock and there was a thorough briefing priior to
each dive.  We were issued a number tag which we wore on our BC throughout
the trip and was used to monitor entrance and exit times, depths, and air
consumed.  Our nitrogen loading was estimated since we were doing eight
dives over two days.  The dive deck had fresh water shower with plenty of
water and cold drinks.
The boat was immaculate and roomy for up to a maximum of 16 divers.  Four
to a cabin with fresh linens, towel, and pillows provided.  Food was well
prepared, varied, and plentiful.
This trip is not recommended for newly certified divers.  The conditions
can quickly vary from dead calm to strong currents, surge. and 5-6 foot
waves.  We saw all of those conditions.  The giant stride entrance is 6-8
feet above the water.  Navigational skills are essential for safe diving. 
A zodiac boat is used to retrieve divers that get carried away from the
mother ship.  The crew said they would rather pick you up than have you try
to stress yourself to swim to the boat.
This was a very enjoyable trip and our group is alredy planning next years
trip.  July-September is thr preferred time for the trip with the coral
spawn being in late August full moon.
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