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Dive Review of Tarpoon Diving in
The Continental USA/South Beach, Miami

Tarpoon Diving, Apr, 2010,

by Graham McGregor, Kilmacolm, GB (Top Contributor Top Contributor 30 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 5479.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Galapagos, Malapascua (Phillipines), Maldives, Red Sea, Hawaii, Caribbean (various), Spain, Florida
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy Seas choppy, no currents
Water Temp 24 to Celsius Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30 to Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Limited to one hour
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters N/A 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 No real UWC facilities

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments I took a 2 tank morning dive through Tarpoon Diving in South Beach, Miami. They have their own shop but the dive boat is independent of them and there were other divers on the boat who had booked through operators other than Tarpoon. The dive shop was well stocked and the lady who was there was friendly and helpful.However, nobody in the shop or the boat checked my C card? The boat crew were also friendly. It was all very relaxed and informal. The boat was decent but the briefing skimped on safety feature description and buddying was left to your own devices (I was diving alone). There were no dive guides from the boat in the water, guests were left to their own devices.
The dives themselves were pleasant enough. The first was on the Belcher barge at about 15m. A simple barge with a little bit of simple, safe, pentration. Nice big grouper in the open hold and a fair few barracuda. The second dive was on a shallow reef, with not a lot to see. However, a couple of nice stingrays cheered up the dive.
For a nice half day potter in the water, it was perfectly acceptable. The shop were renting 3mm fullsuits and, in the middle of April, with water temperature at 23C we got pretty chilly after about 30 mins in the water!
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