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Dive Review of Looe Key Dive Center (LKDC) in
The Continental USA/Florida Keys (Looe Key)

Looe Key Dive Center (LKDC): "Great outfit to dive Looe Key!", Apr, 2018,

by Timothy Bever, WA, US ( 2 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 10426 has 1 Helpful vote.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments We were 5 divers, two with 35yrs experience, two w/20yrs, and one newly certified 12yo. Sara & I had previously dived Looe Key many times with Underseas, but it had been absorbed by LKDC. After reading reviews we signed up with LKDC, and are really happy we did.

We requested a dive master. Normal dives here are DIY (our preference), but with a new 12yo (and a larger group) I was more comfortable with a dive master in the lead so I could assist (safety first!). Mark turned out to be wonderful, engaging, and very attentive to our newbie and our group.

We had two very relaxed dives, with Mark pointing out all kinds of wildlife. During the second, our 12yo figured out he could sing underwater if he kept his regulator in full purge mode, and Mark handled his going-to-be-out-of-air-soon brilliantly by noting his accelerated bubbling, keeping tabs on his air, and getting him to the surface within reach of the boat. He had us stay on the bottom so he could come back and continue the dive with us. No worries, and afterwards he just said 'that's what 12yo's do'.

Given the recent hurricane, the fish weren't as plentiful as our last dives there (just after Andrew, which hit further north) but the scenery was wonderful and the reef seems to be recovering.

Captain Ron handled everything topside, kept us comfortable by warning us which sides of the boat would get wet when underway, when to hold on in the swells and getting us in and out of the water. He took care of us with wit and panache that made the trip fun.

I'd highly recommend diving with this outfit, especially if you can get these two characters (sorry, professionals).

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Mexico, Caribbean, Thailand, California (N&S), Puget Sound, Hawaii
Closest Airport EYW Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp -°F / -°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 30-40 Ft/ 9-12 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Be back by ...
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available?

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
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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