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Dive Review of South Florida Diving Headquarters in
The Continental USA

October, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Carol Sommers, IL, US
Reviewer   (6 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 6292
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Bahamas, Belize,Bonaire, Curacao, Cozumel, Cayman Islands, Grenada, North
Carolina, Sea of Cortez, Lake Michigan, Yap, Palau, The Great Barrier Reef
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, choppy, currents, no currents  
Water Temp
72   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
There were time limits on deep dives, but on the reef you were given a flag
and you dived your own profile and they picked you up when you surfaced.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  1 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
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):
Service and Attitude
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
2 stars   
4 stars    
I was diving with a beginner friend (17 dives) and now she feels very
experienced.  October has changeable weather and at times we got back onto
the boat in 4 foot swells. Whenever possible this company goes out and even
phoned us to let us know a dive was going out despite the rain. Wind and
choppy seas are what determines whether a dive is possible or not. Wrecks
were visited by going down a tied-on line and at one site (Captain Dan) the
current (tide going out) was so strong I wrapped myself around the line
with the current to my back so my regulator stayed in and arms wouldn't be
pulled out at the sockets.  The wreck (at 100 feet) was the best I ever saw
even though there weren't many fish except a magnificent midnight parrot. 
The current on it was minimal. Non-wreck dives were drifts.

A calmer dive was Sunkist on the third reef where we floated with a mild
current and saw a large school of spadefish. Grouper Bend had trunkfish,
fireworms, a spotted drum and highhat among others.  The Aqua Zoo wreck
provided a five-foot long goliath grouper (highlight of trip) and a
same-size barracuda, a swimming moray, and another massive one with his
body half in the wreck.

Some other species seen over a period of 12 dives were Spanish hogfish,
rock beauties, porcupine fish, honeycomb filefish, French Angels, porkfish,
black margates, queen angels, scrawled filefish, spotted trunkfish, spotted
moray, scorpionfish, lobsters (there were hunters with us since it was the
season), balloonfish, lizardfish, viper moray and a massive Florida horse

One problem is that unless you attach your own reel to it, it takes a long
time to unwind the cord from your dive flag and if there is a strong
current, you may not end up where you should be on the bottom. On one dive
I was given a small tank (67) because an earlier research group had used up
all the tanks.  When I complained that I had to shorten my dive, the owner
did not charge me for the dive.  If you plan to do a two-tank morning dived
followed by the two-tank afternoon one, you will need to stay by the dock. 
There's a restaurant nearby, but bringing a pack lunch is better.  We were
pretty exhausted at the end of that day; somehow, diving constantly on a
liveaboard is easier than land-based.

With 16 pounds of integrated weights and being a senior citizen, the crew
was very helpful in helping me up the ladder by pulling on the tank.
Passing up weights or floating a bc is much too difficult for all concerned
when the water is rough.  An advantage of unpredictable weather is that
there were no crowds and although they usually only go out with a 4-person
minimum, the day that the other couple was a no-show day they took out the
two of us,(especially since we had missed dives due to weather.) When
picking us up from drift dives, the boat was expertly manoeuvered to put
the ladder right in front of us.  It certainly was a fun way to use up a
timeshare week.
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