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Dive Review of Southpoint Divers in
The Continental USA/Florida Keys

Southpoint Divers: "Key West Vandenberg 2-tank dive", Jun, 2016,

by Sue J Estey, CA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports with 7 Helpful votes). Report 9086 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 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments The boat was far from full; there were 6 divers plus one dive guide, captain, and deckhand. This was good.
There are buoys stationed over the Vandenberg. The boat crew set up lines for us to use from the stern down about 10 feet (a spare tank and reg was fastened there), a line leading aft to another buoy for our ascent, and a line leading forward to the buoy's anchor line. They encouraged us to pull ourselves along the lines to save air for our time on the Vandenberg. My max depth on the ship was just under 100 feet; We were diving air and our total dive time was less than 30 min.
Because one of us has just "open water" cert, we were required to go with a guide - this was good because she knew interesting routes through the ship and brought us back to our starting point each time.
Most remarkable to me was that her non-thermal protection was a bikini - and there were some sharp metal edges along our path.
Websites Southpoint Divers   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving California coast, eastern Indonesia, Fiji, Micronesia, Florida coast, caves and springs, Baja California, Curacao, Easter Island...
Closest Airport Key West, FL Getting There We rented a car at Miami airport so we could tour the Keys

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy Seas calm
Water Temp 82-°F / 28-°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 15-30 Ft/ 5-9 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions We were required to follow our guide due to certification level. Other divers were on their own.
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 1 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments There was a shelf that could hold cameras, and a rinse bucket.
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