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Dive Review of Horizon Divers/House rental in
The Continental USA/Key Largo

Horizon Divers/House rental, Jul, 2011,

by Donald A Ricetti, PA, USA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 8 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 6212.

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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 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments The fist day of diving was on the larger of HD's two boats, the CheecaView which was stable even in the choppy water. This was the first time I was instructed to walk to the forward entry point while fully geared up with fins on which made life interesting. HD tended to pack the boat so space was at a premium until some had splashed in. The double dip on the "Duane" was awesome once you got down to it. The crew did not really try to match me up with another diver so I basically was on my own. The next day was a longer trip to the "Eagle" with a group of technical divers on the smaller boat "Pisces". They indicate that there is room for 14 diver or 8 technical. We had a large group of technical divers 8 but also 6 regular divers as well. Once the techies splashed in there was room but the weather had deteriorated with 2'-4' waves which made getting back on board very interesting. The second dive was on a shallow reef which I passed on due to conditions. At one point the ladder was straight out from the transom due to wave action. The last dives of this trip were on the "Spiegel Grove". Again we were on the smaller boat with a full load. This wreck is as awesome as it is billed to be and would take many dives to do it justice and see it all. On the plus side HD did provide good briefings and both boats were equipped with DAN O2, communications and roll was taken after each dive. Nitrox was available and you were required to analyze each tank and log it in before leaving the dock.I would go with them again but would first check as to which boat it was and the makeup of the divers.
Websites Horizon Divers   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Great Lakes, San Diego
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 82-84°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 60-90 Ft/ 18-27 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No deco unless a tech diver, back on board with 500psi.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

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 4 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments Wanted to primarily dive wrecks so corals & small critters were not expected. The wrecks themselves were awesome to photograph as were some of the largest groupers I had seen. There were not really any separate rinse tanks for cameras and masks were routinely dunked into the "camera" rinse barrel.
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