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Dive Review of Dive Key West in
The Continental USA/Key West

Dive Key West: "Very restrictive for experienced divers", Oct, 2018,

by Bill McManus, TN, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports with 5 Helpful votes). Report 10541 has 2 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 2 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments Upon arrival, we were forced to attach our bcd and reg to a tank - to test pressure, analyze nitrox, prove our reg could breathe and the bcd inflate/deflate!!! Mind you, these were my own tanks and I've used my equipment for years - and always keep maintenance up to date. I had my logs so I could prove my experience. They eased up on following days, but if you're experienced - you may want to have your dive shop call ahead of time to inform them of your lack of need for special attention (though I'm not sure it will help!).
We did 4 dives with them and were very limited on time at depth. On a wreck dive (first dive of the day at 77' max) we were forced to begin to ascend after only 20 minutes!! I ended up back on the boat with 1600 lbs!!!!
This may be appropriate for some of the beginner divers they assuredly get in the Keys, but I'd like to dive my own profile. I don't think I would return.
We arrived at a time when the seas were relatively high, consequently the viz was poor, so the diving wasn't as good as I expected the Keys to be. This may have colored my sensitivity, but still...
Websites Dive Key West   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Historically, mostly cold-water (quarries, Great Lakes), but have been on all Florida's coasts, Grand Cayman, Turks and Caicos
Closest Airport Miami Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy, dry Seas choppy, surge
Water Temp 80-85°F / 27-29°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 3-20 Ft/ 1-6 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Time of dive (50 minutes to get back onboard! Time at depth (20-25 minutes at < 80 feet!!!); Air (they actually logged this when coming back on board)
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 2 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 [None]
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