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Dive Review of Blue Water Divers in
The Continental USA/Key Largo, Florida

Blue Water Divers, Apr, 2007,

by Scott Anders, VA, USA . Report 3358.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving St.Lucia, Grand Bahama, Nassau, Hawaii, Dominica, Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, North Carolina, Virginia Beach, Cozumel, San Salvador (Bahamas), Roatan
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy, surge, currents
Water Temp 75 to 78 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30 to 90 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Be back on board with 500psi.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities 1 stars
UW Photo Comments Complete list of all camera accomodations: 5-gallon bucket.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Vis: 90 feet first dive, 30 feet second dive. Water: 75 to 78 F, 4 seas. We went on one two-tank trip with Blue Water Divers. $75 for a non-guided 2-tank trip. Although the majority of our dives were with Key Dives in Islamorada, we booked two trips with Blue Water Divers so that we could dive the Speigel Grove and the Duane, both of which are more easily accessible by dive operators in Key Largo. When I booked I asked for nitrox for the first dives of the day but didnt get it.-not sure where things broke down but I didnt mention it to them when I noticed it wasnt on board. Due to cancellations and rough seas we ended up on just one trip with Blue Water Divers. We had five divers on Blue Water Divers ~30-foot boat. Seas were forecast to be very rough that morning and Glenn, the boat captain, gave my wife and me plenty of warning about it and ample opportunity to back out of the trip. There was one divemaster with a student and another divemaster who assisted onboard but did not lead any dives. The captain was instructive and friendly but it wasnt hard to tell that he would not have the patience for the high-maintenance diver all of us have seen out on the water once in a while. The first dive was on the Duane. Seas were rough and the current fairly strong. The captain tied into the mooring line aft-end first (waves were coming in to us at close to 90 degrees from the current direction). From there it was an easy giant stride in and an easy grab on to the line. The Duane was immediately visible from the surface. It was an absolutely fabulous dive. We had great visibility, ~90 ft, saw abundant marine life, and there was a thick coating of coral all over the upright and intact wreck. I rate it as one of my best wreck dive experiences. Upon returning to the boat, we found it turned around per normal boat dive-boat operations and everyone boarded without incident. The second dive was at Molasses Reef at Winch Hole. The divemaster briefing was good and included detailed navigation tips that helped us easily find the Winch. A camera and mask bucket was provided. No head. No diveshop.-just meet at the boat. The captain smoked. One of the divemasters smoked.
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