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Dive Review of Jim Abernathy's Scuba Adventures in
The Continental USA/West Palm Bch

Jim Abernathy's Scuba Adventures, May, 2009,

by Ron & Dawn Steedman, FL, USA (Top Contributor Top Contributor 39 reports with 8 Helpful votes). Report 4831.

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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 $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Jim Abernathy's operation is always top notch. This was a club dive,on the Deep Obsession with only half of our usual number attending, due to the economy. A thorough briefing, including illustrations (great ones by Laz)is always give, and a roll call never missed. We had both photographers and hunters on this trip- they were dropped at seperate locations without a problem. These are drift dives, and due to the depths, I would recommend Nitrox. The current was really ripping on this day, though the seas were calm. Guides are put in the water with float balls- but you are not obliged to stay with them. There was a nearby school of dolphins who were still there as we entered the water- but quickly disappeared. There was abundant life- many varieties of angels, parrots, and filefish, puffers, cowfish, spotted, goldentail, and green morays. A large green turtle swam below as we started our ascent back to the boat. The boat comes right up to you in the water- no swimming to it against current, etc. it is an easy entrance back onto the boat. In between dives is lively conversation with the crew who offer freshly cut pineapple, packages of nuts, crackers, cookies,& snack bars along with sodas or water at no charge. On the second dive, somehow,our guide with the float ball missed the reef, and it was a sand desert dive at 80 ft. We saw 2 lobsters, and a one tiny patch with 2 sm. ocean triggers, 2 gray angels, and an intermediate fr, angel. That was it. On our return to the boat our capt. immediately announced that he was a diver, and didn't like that kind of dive either. When we arrived at the dock, there were passes made out in each of our names for a return complimentary 2 tank dive. This was unbelieveable.There has been the rare occassion where this "miss the reef" has happened with other dive operators in the past-but - it's always been an "oh well.." We never expected this. The second day, the seas were even flatter- if that was possible, and the current had died way off. Both dives were outstanding- there was so much life there. Scorpionfish, grunts, high hats, spotted drums,conies,butterflies, plus everything from the previous day and more. On our last dive we had encounters with 2 small green turtles- one swam to within inches my face (he knew I didn't have a camera.) Just before we were ready to start back up, we saw a huge boulder on the bottom, which turned out to be one of the largest loggerheads I have ever seen. On our return to the docks, the crew unloads the gear(they also load all the gear onto the boat).I highly recommend this great operation.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Bonaire, Barbados, Hawaii, Caymanbs, Virgin Is., Fl Keys
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather Seas calm
Water Temp 78-81°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility - Ft/ - M

Dive Policy

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

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters N/A Large Fish 3 stars
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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