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Dive Review of Admiralty Dive Center 888-900-3483 in
Virgin Islands/St. Thomas

Admiralty Dive Center 888-900-3483, Feb, 2008,

by Al, MD, USA . Report 3906.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Catalina, North Sea, Mediterranean (Greece and Spain)
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 78 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 80 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Dive Master and 3 to 5 divers, return to anchor before first person went under 500 psi, return to boat before you went under 500 psi (but usually with the group.)
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [Very helpful with camera on entry and exit, No special facilities (wash bucket, table) on boat. Very good at finding and pointing out small critters for photographs.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments This was my third trip using Admiralty Divers so obviously I like them. They go way beyond to provide equipment and help for new divers especially to find a warm wet suit for my daughter who gets cold even in warm water. On Monday I went out with two other divers and they made a point of going to some more advanced sites because they knew we would be going to easier sites for the rest of the week since my daughter and son in law would be going with us. This was her first open water dive after becoming certified and his introduction to scuba. He got certified, beginning to end starting in the pool at their office on Monday, training dives on Tuesday and Wednesday and diving on Thursday. He did the class work on-line through their web site, www.admiraltydive.com, before the trip. T. On Tuesday and Wednesday the instructor went with my son in law, a dive master went with my daughter, myself and one other diver and the Captain stayed on board the boat. Three staff members for four customers! They did a good job of finding places to drop for training that were close to places that were interesting for certified divers and about increasing the sites depth and variety as the new divers became more comfortable. On previous trips they were very good about finding dive sites that were interesting for all the divers and they remember where people have been and try to go to new locations for everyone. They are also very accommodating about picking divers up from the Marriott dock at Frenchman's reef. St. Thomas may not be the absolute best diving in the Caribbean but these guys provide the best and the most friendly diving on St. Thomas.
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