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Dive Review of Tarpoon Diving in
The Continental USA/South Beach, Miami

April, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Graham McGregor, Kilmacolm, GB
Sr. Contributor   (24 reports)
Report Number 5479
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Galapagos, Malapascua (Phillipines), Maldives, Red Sea, Hawaii, Caribbean
(various), Spain, Florida
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
rainy  
Seas
choppy, no currents  
Water Temp
24   to    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
30   to    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Limited to one hour  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
None 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  N/A
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
No real UWC facilities
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
N/A
Food
N/A
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
3 stars   
Advanced
2 stars    
Comments  
I took a 2 tank morning dive through Tarpoon Diving in South Beach, Miami.
They have their own shop but the dive boat is independent of them and there
were other divers on the boat who had booked through operators other than
Tarpoon. The dive shop was well stocked and the lady who was there was
friendly and helpful.However, nobody in the shop or the boat checked my C
card? The boat crew were also friendly. It was all very relaxed and
informal. The boat was decent but the briefing skimped on safety feature
description and buddying was left to your own devices (I was diving alone).
There were no dive guides from the boat in the water, guests were left to
their own devices.
The dives themselves were pleasant enough. The first was on the Belcher
barge at about 15m. A simple barge with a little bit of simple, safe,
pentration. Nice big grouper in the open hold and a fair few barracuda. The
second dive was on a shallow reef, with not a lot to see. However, a couple
of nice stingrays cheered up the dive.
For a nice half day potter in the water, it was perfectly acceptable. The
shop were renting 3mm fullsuits and, in the middle of April, with water
temperature at 23C we got pretty chilly after about 30 mins in the water!
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