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Dive Review of Horizon Divers in
The Continental USA

Horizon Divers: "Horizon Dive Charter Key Largo, FL.", Oct, 2016,

by Barry Fox, CA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 9139 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 1 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 1 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 1 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments My dive partner and I decided to do the Florida Key Wreck Trek last May. We booked the dives through a broker. Our first day of diving was with Horizon Divers of Key Largo to the USS Spiegel Grove. The ride out the Spiegel Grove was not at all fun with swells ranging from 6'-8' with water coming over bow of the dive boat. When we got out to the wreck water was still coming over the bow. We attached the mooring line to the mooring ball and another line attached to the mooring ball, we were told to hold onto the 2nd line with our hand otherwise we would be washed away with the current and not find the mooring ball. There was also a third line put out as a tag line for when we reached the surface to get back to the stern of the boat. Getting in the water and to the mooring ball was quite the experience if you didn't hold onto the 2nd line you'd never made it to the mooring ball. Once you got below the surface to a depth of about 15' the current was slight and the dive was uneventful. After completing the dive and on the surface the fun began again trying to get back on the boat was like riding a roller coaster. All the divers made it back on successfully and we then did a 2nd dive with the same entry and exit. The ride back into the harbor was not as bad as the ride out as we had the seas at our backs. The next day my dive partner and I went out with a different dive operator in Key Largo, we were told by that operator that no one else had gone out the but Horizon Divers the previous day because the conditions were way to hazardous to put divers in the water, when we told the Captain we had dove with Horizon Divers he was shocked that they had gone out. Thankfully no one was hurt getting on and off the dive boat or worse yet lost due to fast moving current. Makes me wonder if that is the type of service Horizon Divers always provides or were we just unlucky in getting a Captain and crew that placed money over the well being of the divers. And yes I know ultimately it is the decision of every diver to dive or not dive. But being from the West Coast with no prior experience diving the Florida Keys, we weren't sure if these were the normal conditions. If I ever go back to Key Largo I will not dive with Horizon Divers.
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Mexico, Truk, Bahamas, Hawaii, California
Closest Airport Key West Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas currents
Water Temp 78-81°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 45-55 Ft/ 14-17 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions None that I remember
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals N/A Tropical Fish N/A
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 [None]
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Subscriber's Comments

By robert h Neff in FL, US at Jul 23, 2018 22:18 EST  
horizon divers is now OFF my list! I can visualize just what was going on - been there, done that!
By Daniel Zielinski in NY, US at Nov 09, 2018 22:49 EST  
I dove with Horizon in June of 2017, but just the shallow reef for a 2 dive trip. When they tell you 60 minutes of dive time, they mean the whole boat. If you're the fist one in, you get 60. If you're the last one in, they want you back in less than 60.
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