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Dive Review of Jim Abernathy's Scuba Adventures in
The Continental USA/Riviera Bch, Florida

Jim Abernathy's Scuba Adventures, Sep, 2008,

by Dawn Steedman, Fl, USA (Top Contributor Top Contributor 33 reports). Report 4412.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Fla Keys, Caribbean, Hawaii
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather cloudy Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 20 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No deco, 50 min.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

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 4 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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]

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments I arranged a dive with this operation for our local club from the west coast of Fla. almost a year in advance. With a discount in price for a group, unfortunately, often comes a "discount in service". Not with this operation- they were over the top in service. We had spear fishers, lobsterers, photographers, and fish watchers all in the same group. JASA let us know ahead that they had no coolers on board for fish. When we arrived, there was ice avail. for the coolers the club members brought. We were cheerfully greeted by Racquel in the office,and by the crew on the boat. Unneeded dive bags were stowed down below by the crew; a boat orientation was given, and some great dive site drawings were done by Laz. For 2 days we were divided into 2 groups: the hunters (spear fishers) and gatherers (lobster season), and the Tourists ( photo bugs and fish watchers). The crew was attentive to all, and gave a hand where needed- fixing a reg., helping someone on with equip.,redropping someone who got lost, etc. The vis was up and down, due to Hurricane Ike having just passed; the current varied from site to site. The crew would try to find the best sites possible for the conditions they faced. Snacks of soda, water, chips, cookies,and fresh pineapple were served both before and after the dive. Everyone in the club was very pleased with the level of knowledge, service, and friedliness of the staff- not an easy task with such a diverse group. As we were leaving the boat, we had the added perk of seeing Jim Abernathy, who had a cooler of baby leatherbacks and loggerheads ready to be relesed. We will definitely return to dive with this operation again.
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