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Dive Review of Scuba Shack in
The Continental USA/Pensacola

Scuba Shack: "Excellent night dive", Sep, 2015,

by Bill McManus, TN, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports with 5 Helpful votes). Report 8448 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations N/A Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation N/A Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Dove the Joe Patti Barge twice on a recent Saturday night. It was terrific - lots of small sea life, including 2-3 octopus, which hide among the many holes and metal sculptures. It was warm, shallow (50' to sand, 40 to deck), and had no current or jellyfish (on a different visit a month earlier we were surrounded by jellies). You see several different types of sea life among the muck, on the end of the barges and on top. If you turn off your lights and clap, you should be rewarded with bioluminescence.
The dive operator was the Scuba Shack, though not on their larger boat. This was a smaller boat, we had just 6 divers and a Dive Master - Chris, who I found as attentive as you wanted/needed him.The Captain (Ty?) was friendly and helpful. I've no qualms about recommending them and would gladly dive with them again (this was my 3rd trip with the Scuba Shack).
Plenty of water and fruit during the breaks.
Websites Scuba Shack   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Historically, mostly cold-water, but have been on Floridas East coast and Grand Cayman
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather dry Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 80-82°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 30-40 Ft/ 9-12 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions None - the captain and Dive Master knew my dive buddy and I and our capabilities. They made sure our descent and ascents were observed and allowed us our freedom or to join him as desired
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals N/A Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 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 [None]
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