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Dive Review of Quiescence Diving Services in
The Continental USA/Key Largo

Quiescence Diving Services, Jun, 2014,

by Robert J Bondi, FL, US ( 1 report with 1 Helpful vote). Report 7637 has 1 Helpful vote.

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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 4 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments These comments are a summary of many years of diving with Quiescence.
I have been diving with Quiescence ("the Q") for more than 35 years. They are the very best and safest dive operation in the Keys. They have three (3) boats that take a maximum of six (6) divers per boat.

Generally, the divers decide on where to go - Molasses, French, The Elbow, Carysfort, Dry Rocks, several shallow wrecks (Benwood, City of Washington) or deeper wrecks (Spiegel Grove, Duane and Bibb)-depending on experience level, etc. The boat captains do make recommendations based on sea conditions, visibility, etc.

You can rent all of your gear from Quiescence or just tanks, weight belt, etc., or bring all your own. They rent quality gear (mostly Scubapro, Sherwood, etc.). Tank fills are always 3,000 psi.

The boat captains have been with Quiescence for several to many years. Johnny Peacock has been there from day one - circa 1977. Not much turnover. Returning divers frequently make requests for particular captains.

If staying overnight, there are several motels, etc. near by. Quiescence has arrangements with some. Also, there are good restaurants in the Upper Keys.

Generally, you have to make dive reservations in advance. Space fills up fast and sometimes well in advance - depending on the season. They have a large "repeat customer" base even though they do zero advertising. It is all "word of mouth". This alone says a lot about their operation, customer service, safety, etc.

Quiescence is particularly sensitive to new and/or inexperienced divers. If the conditions are uncomfortable or not safe for beginners, they will tell divers "we recommend against diving today". A few other dive operations will take new divers out reqardless of conditions. Quiescence's attitude is "we want you to have a safe and fun diving experience, tell your friends, and come back."

I have used dive operations all over the world. Some are very good. Quiescence is by far the very best diver operator I have used in all my years of diving.
Websites Quiescence Diving Services   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Caymans, Palau, Chuuk, Yap, Red Sea, Turks & Caicos, Fiji, Tahiti, Guam, North Carolina, So. California, Papua New Guinea, Bikini Atoll, Solomon Islands, Cocos, Galapagos, BVIs, Bahamas
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 82-83°F / 28-28°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 50-60 Ft/ 15-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Return to boat with 500 psi; dive with a buddy
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Dive captains are very sensitive to handling camera/video equipment. Boats do not have a separate rinse bucket. Boats do have a fresh water tank and small hose. Works well.
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