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Dive Review of Ocean Quest/Sandy's Sunday in
The Continental USA/Palm Beach, FL

Ocean Quest/Sandy's Sunday, Aug, 2009,

by Dawn Steedman, FL, United States (Top Contributor Top Contributor 39 reports with 8 Helpful votes). Report 5026.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments The capt. of Sandy's Sunday- Sandy, ia a former employee of Abernathy's Scuba Adventures. Vicky on shore, Sandy, the capt., and Matt, our dive master, were all super friendly. Matt is only 18, but a real joy to be around. His enthusiasm is over the top. We did 2 drift dives with them, and they are a bit short- handed and disorganized. The operation changed the times of our dives the day before we were to go, and then they were over a half hr. late arriving, making it later in the day for those driving back the same day. We were told that weights were included, but I was glad we took ours along.There were 2 buckets with a jumble of weights and belts,not the right weights for most of the divers, so it was a challenge to make them work. The 30' boat is cramped. and it has strong deisel fumes when under way. There are only 2 people, as crew- one being the capt., and the other the guide, so no one was there to help anyone getting back on the boat. These are drift dives- but there is no spotter on the boat.One of the divers surfaced- luckily not in trouble, but he wasn't seen as the capt. was cutting up fruit; this could be a safety issue. By the way, they put out a great spread, in between, and after divies (fruits, cookies, crackers). The visibility wasn't very good on the day we went-30' on one, and 20' at best on the 2nd.There was a pretty good current- and a thermocline at 60'- going from a balmy 84 down to 74 degrees. None the less, we saw tons of fish.There was a Hammerhead spotted at the Trench, 3 sea turtles, large angels of all types, and species too numerous to list. When we docked, the capt. had trouble getting into the slip- one of the divers helped her out after several tries. Without the fumes, with another hand, and more organization, this could be a very nice operation.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Fla. Keys, Bonaire, Barbados, St. Thomas, Grand Turk, Cozumel, Hawaii, Belize, Caymans, Roatan
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather Seas currents
Water Temp 75-84°F / 24-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 20-30 Ft/ 6-9 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions no deco, back with 500 psi
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars 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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