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Dive Review of Scuba-Do in
The Continental USA

Scuba-Do, Aug, 2010,

by Andy Kenley, FL, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 21 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 5649.

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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 3 stars
Comments Key Largo is a dangerous place for experienced solo divers.The passengers on a dive boat there represent a wide range of experience levels.I went on a trip to the USCG Cutter Duane (one of my favorite dives in the world).We were 6, 2 fellas,an instructor and her 2 aow students, and myself.I have dove the Duane 10 times over the years.80% of the time, the current is at least 2 knots. It was calm. The instructor told me to go first.I grabbed on to the line to the buoy.The current was running,but,diveable.I consumed 300lbs of my precious gas,while my fellows dithered. That was it.I went to the buoy and pulled myself down the line to the smokestack.I clipped on to it with my reef hook and awaited the others.After awhile, I perceived that they were making some tentative movements down the line.Well done! I unhooked and dropped down to the deck and worked my way into the current until I reached the radar tower. I looked behind me,the school had reached the smokestack, good for them,they were gaining valuable experience.I fooled around inside the structure,wandered further towards the stern.I saw it was time to rise a bit,I floated up to the radar mast,rehooked, and "flew" in the current until I had expended my bottom time.I ascended and returned to the boat.There I get a lecture from the 20 something skipper.I don't know what to do, I love diving the Duane,but,if you go down there by yourself,more than likely your buddy (through no fault of their own)won't be up to the current.
On a better note. We dove Molasses Reef for the second dive.It looked really good.The Coral is coming back,and,the fish were varied and plentiful.
Websites Scuba-Do   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Bahamas, all parts of Fl., GBR., PNG., Fiji, Hawaiian Islands, Micronesia
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas currents
Water Temp 86-°F / 30-°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 60-70 Ft/ 18-21 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions limits of your computer,stick with the herd.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars 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 Rinse barrel for cameras.
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