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Dive Review of A Deep Blue Dive Center in
The Continental USA/Fla.Keys

A Deep Blue Dive Center, Jul, 2012,

by Andy Kenley, FL, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 21 reports). Report 6628.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Caribean, Hawaii, Micronesia, GBR, PNG, Fl.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 84 to Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 20 to Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions 15minutes bottom time, 500psi in tank upon return to boat.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals N/A Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters N/A Large Fish 4 stars
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
UW Photo Comments Wasn't an issue for me.

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments I find wreck diving relaxing, and, I am checking wrecks off my list. That is how I encountered this organization. Nice boat, covered and very adequate. Entry is via backroll, there is a ladder on the stern, there is no dive platform. We dove the Thunderbolt, it lays in 120' of water, the deck is at 100' and the ship itself is 100' long. There is a sunken mooring buoy,it requires someone to dive down to it and secure the anchor line. The boys ,through no fault of their own (poor vis, 3kt current)had some problems. They persevered and ended up doing a fine job. As a general rule, I have found that any wreck in the Keys that lays beneath 100' will frequently be subjected to powerful currents. On this day, The Thunderbolt didn't dissapoint.
Once I gained the deck of the ship and found some cover, got my respirations down to 10, it was a beautiful thing. I had the wreck all to myself for sometime. Large Goliath, all the usual tropicals were present. I worked my way against the current up to the bow. I set my reef hook and anchored myself into the wreck and flew on the current. Their was a vast school of 8" baitfish covering the entire bow and 20' above and below. Large Pompanos passed through the school. I felt like I was inside a green cloud. I later found out the baitfish were called "Goggleyes". Finished up, did a Pyle stop, ascended to 30', where the crew had stationed a bailout bottle (I didn't need it,but, it was a nice touch), and completed my safety stop and returned to the boat without inccident. The crew were all very customer oriented and very capable.
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