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Dive Review of Fla. Keys Dive Center in
The Continental USA/Islamorada, FL Keys

Fla. Keys Dive Center, Jul, 2009,

by Dawn Steedman, FL, United States (Top Contributor Top Contributor 35 reports). Report 5025.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Palm Bch., Fla. Keys, Bonaire, Barbados, St. Thomas, Grand Turk, Cozumel, Hawaii, Belize, Caymans, Roatan
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 84 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 10 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 2 stars
Small Critters N/A Large Fish N/A
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

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude 1 stars Environmental Sensitivity 2 stars
Dive Operation 1 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 2 stars
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments We dove 4 dives (2 days) with this operation. The employees in the dive shop were very friendly , and the check-in went smoothly. We were ref. to outside to get our weights/rental equipment. We waited,at the window for over 20 minutes, in the hot sun, while the employee inside totally ignored us. He finally, grudgingly, gave us our weights-many of us have integrated BCs- and he was upset at having to give us so many 2 & 3 lb weights, rather than the 6 lbs he wanted us to use. The boat we were to go out on was late returning from the morning dive, and tanks had to be refilled. The crew was in a rather bad mood, and gave cross looks, if anyone looked like they might get in their way. A man with a clipboard came to our group, and started calling out a roll-call which was obviously none of us. When we told him he had the wrong group, he snapped at us, and continued calling it out anyway. When we finally got on the boat, it was very packed. The dives were unremarkable- lots of grunts and snappers. The crew stayed to themselves the whole trip. They were not helpful to divers getting back on the boat.There was to be a storage area for overnight- but it was so small, we took our gear back to our room. The next day was much the same as the first. Some of the group requested we go somewhere more prolific, as we had dived the Keys many times before, and knew there was so much more.. The next dive had vis of 10-15 ft.; it looked like a snow storm under water- we basically stayed under the boat and watched what went by. With better vis., this would have been a nice dive sight. The greenish color of the water, should have been a sure give-away of what was below! When we got back on, the capt. said he'd take us somewhere with better vis. Only 10 min. away was a very prolific reef with 50-60 ft. vis. We would not think of diving with these people again.
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