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Dive Review of Tilden's Scuba Center/None in
The Continental USA/Marathon,Florida

Tilden's Scuba Center/None, Sep, 2007,

by Jerry Hobart, N.Y., USA (Contributor Contributor 12 reports). Report 3592.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Tahiti(Rangiroa, Fakarava, Bora Bora), Australia( Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea), Dominica, Bahamas( San Salvador, Walker's Key, Nassau, Exumas), Cozumel, Curacao, Bonaire, Niagara River, Grenada.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy, cloudy Seas choppy
Water Temp 83 to 86 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Ten Dollar fee per person was charged to pay for a required guide who checked your pressure gauge and computer twice while you were on the wreck( Thunderbolt). Dive was limited to 20 minutes but you were free to tour the wreck( no penetration) on your own.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments Visibility was rather poor on wreck(Thunderbolt) for photographers.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 1 stars Food 1 stars
Service and Attitude 1 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Tilden's Scuba Center(MM 49.5) was very safety conscious and requires a dive guide on all Thunderbolt wreck dives. Crew was very helpful and did very complete dive briefings.Dive boat was in good condition and had all necessary safety equipment. Did not stay or eat locally but traveled on to Looe Key(MM 27.5) after the morning dives. Thunderbolt was an excellent wreck and if visibility had been better, the dive would have been spectacular.
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