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Dive Review of Quiescence in
The Continental USA

Quiescence, Apr, 2006,

by CHED MILLER, nh, usa . Report 2786.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Caribbean/Florida/NH
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 78 to 76 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions 1 hour/ 500psi
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 4 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 5 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments I dove with Quiescence(Q) Dive (mm103.5)in April of 2006 for a two week. Q runs three 6 packs out of Key Largo. They have been around for many years and know the best dive spots based on the weather and ocean condition in the Marine Park. There were several times when we went out and I looked at the ocean and said this is not going to be a great day and it turned out just fine due to the locations that were chosen.

Their captains know diving and how to ensure the divers have the least hassles given the diving conditions. Two examples; we were diving the Spiegel Grove and it was blowing pretty good all the other dive boats on the site were tied up bow first to the mooring buoys and their divers were going off the stern and having to swim/pull their way up to the buoy to descend. John had us suit up while we were still coming up to the site and then tied up stern first so we stepped off the boat right next to the buoy and were able to grab the line and descend to the wreck with little effort. When we came up the boat was bow first and we drifted back to the stern and got on board with the boat as protection against the wave action, on another day a couple, who were new to diving, came up rather far (maybe 15 yards) and down wind from the boat which would have meant a tough swim back to the boat - John dropped the mooring and moved the boat to them so they could easily board. The captain executed these actions effortlessly and with only a positive impact on the divers.

The captains move your equipment from the spent tank to the new tank before you even get your mask and weight belt off so you were all set for the second dive before you left the first dive site. They want you on the boat with 500psi or after you have been down an hour, other then that dive as you want.

Keys Largo diving is always great from a fish prospective, sometime there are so many fish you have to almost push them aside to swim forward. We saw nurse sharks almost on every dive, numerous rays, morays, groupers, angels. You name it they were there.

The Shop folks were great as well - I ship my equipment down UPS so I don't have to hassle with the airlines, my reservations were as requested and we were able to change them around to accommodate some changes in our plans. The shop is a scuba ranger shop and SCUBA Steve gave my 10 year old grandson a great introductory scuba lesson in a near by pool. They are a top notch shop in every way.

I stayed at an Ocean Point Condo, only ocean side condo with a beach- it has a pool and tennis courts as well. The continental breakfast was just what you needed before going diving. Ask for a condo in building 4 or 5 since they are the ones with ocean views.
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