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Dive Review of HMS Minnow/Private Residence in
The Continental USA/Key Largo

HMS Minnow/Private Residence, Jul, 2006,

by David Lindaman, MO, USA . Report 2604.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 30 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Dive your own profile (computer or table), but be back on the boat in an hour with 500 psi in your tank.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 1 stars
UW Photo Comments [None]

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 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments I am a repeat customer with the HMS Minnow. Capt Jeff Jarvis and his wife Betty run the nicest little six-pack you could ever hope to find. They are friendly down to earth folks that want you to have a good time, at a good price, and come home safe. You will pay a little more than going on a big boat, but you will come away with new friends and a personalized experience that you will never forget. Jeff lets you dive your own profile, you just have to be back on the boat in an hour with 500 psi in your tank. Onboard the HMS Minnow you will find iced drinking water, fruit juice drinks, two small rinse buckets, and a fresh water spray rinse, but no head. The HMS Minnow is also equipped with modern navigation equipment, first aid and oxygen. In six years, I have never had a short fill in one of Jeffs tanks; he uses full size aluminum 80s. He can provide Nitrox if requested. At the dive site you will get a good briefing. You will usually be the first boat at the site as he tries to leave the dock 30 minutes before all the other dive ops. He strives to get everyone to the type of location they want. This year I booked a one trip spot for my non-diving spouse and eight year old son, Jeff was very helpful to them as they snorkeled while I dove with the other divers. This is a one man operation once the Minnow pulls out of her slip leaving Betty on the dock, but Jeff will help you gear up at the beginning of the dive and will be waiting at the top of the fin ladder to relieve you of it at the end of your dive. Jeff will not be in the water with you, but he will gladly arrange for a guide or for an instructor should you need to complete your open water or any other instruction.
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