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Dive Review of Underseas Inc in
The Continental USA/Fla Keys

April, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by G Fulkerson, oh, usa
Report Number 1214
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Bahamas, North Carolina, Caymans, Hawaii, Palau, Mexico
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
70   to 72    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
25   to 45    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dive Operators very protective of the reefs - always encouraging control
and asking people not to wear glovesd]  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
Where would you take 40 teenagers who live in Ohio, who had never been
diving, to get fully certified - for about 700 bucks including
transportation?  The Florida Keys!  In winter, Looe Key is an idea shallow
accessable spot with ample camping and hotels about to support such an
operation.  Underseas was clearly taxed by this many novices - but they
took it with good humor (for the most part, better than some of us
chaperones) Classes were held at our KOA camp ground in Sugarloaf Key and
boats left from Big Pine.  Visibility was pretty poor due to recent heavy
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
Good:  Underseas can train a bunch of folks at once if you prearrange -
will negotiate a reasonable rate for a big group.  Use some contract
instructors to beef up their own staff.  

Bad:  Windy and cooler than expected.  We barely hit a window of 3 days of
decent winds so the boats could go out.  Looe Key is pretty tired looking
compared to 20 years ago - they ought to consider closing parts of it in
some rotation to let corals recover.  Typical Keys schools of fish, a few
turtles, one friendly Jewfish and several shark sightings in the 4 to 7
feet range.  All 40 students successfully trained and return home safe. 
Hats off to the teachers who made the effort to lead this adventure for the
kids.  If you wanted to take a big group from school, scout troop or church
to learn to dive - here is a spot.  But know the weater is better for
camping in winter, but better for diving in summer.
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