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Florida Dive Operators with user unfriendly policies

Discussion in 'Florida' started by Leighen, Feb 20, 2020.

  1. Leighen

    Leighen Banned

    Asked and answered.

    Some do. Did you make exceptions or was it a blanket policy? If you didn't make exceptions for the divers who knew what was in their best interest then your explanation makes no sense.

    You're suggesting that I make my own rules regardless of what the dive operator says? So I should pay them what I think is fair, take over the helm and drive to my favorite wreck diving sites, and if necessary cancel inside the posted deadline and refuse to pay for the diving?

    You're saying that all the other dive operators in the Keys that do more than one wreck dive per day are being reckless by engaging in high risk activities?

    I dive locally with my own boat. Florida is a plane trip for me. So it's not practical but thanks. Besides I found some great dive operators as I stated earlier in this thread, who are an excellent fit for me and my group, did you miss that part in your haste to chastise me for my risky diving activities on more than one wreck per day?

  2. Steve_C

    Steve_C Contributor Rest in Peace

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Raleigh, NC USA
    City of Washington is similar to the Benwood. When I dove it there were a couple of photogentic shots. Also a friendly goliath and large nurse shark. It was a bit further probably why it is not always run. At that time Horizon would run there if you set it up to go.
  3. FullThrottle

    FullThrottle Contributor

    ...And the thing is, the demand in the keys is so high that operators don't have to compete for your business. They can set the terms as they please and still make money.
  4. Leighen

    Leighen Banned

    Huh, that's odd. I wonder why so many show open schedules for the next couple of months.
  5. Wookie

    Wookie Curmudgeon Apprentice ScubaBoard Business Sponsor ScubaBoard Supporter

    Those of us who frequent the place know that the weather pretty much blows from now through late April/Middle of May.

    I never even scheduled dive trips this time of year. I took birders to the Dry Tortugas instead. The crossings sucked, but at least we could hole up in the harbor.
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  6. Leighen

    Leighen Banned

    Oh, we will be there the third week in April, hopefully we'll just miss the blowing then.
  7. Wookie

    Wookie Curmudgeon Apprentice ScubaBoard Business Sponsor ScubaBoard Supporter

    We call it 40 days of wind.
  8. Leighen

    Leighen Banned

    Well if the diving is no good maybe I'll look you up we can have a beer or something and talk about dive boat operators and their policies.
  9. drrich2

    drrich2 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Southwestern Kentucky
    I don't think folks here can give you full closure as to why some dive op.s have restrictive policies you don't like, not being privy to private business decisions behind them. It's something divers often run into...as you'll see in threads talking about who does and doesn't allow solo diving in other places.

    Yes, at times there could be an element of 'We've never done it that way,' and I imagine in the competitive Keys market op.s would specialize into niches a bit (that's what animals do in tropical rainforests where there are many species, each needing its own niche). I wonder if perhaps the risk of doing a 'double dip' deep wreck morning trip in terms of DCS is a concern? Or maybe they've gotten used to divers who like a shallower, and thus longer, 2nd dive, since those deep dives can be short.

    Speaking of which, for wreck-interested people, anyone know whether any of the upper Keys operators rent big steel tanks? Back in 2013, IIRC Rainbow Reef Dive Center had me an AL-100 (which, per other threads, at 3,000 PSI would have around 91 or so cf, since fill pressure is rated at 3,300). The Spiegel Grove or Duane are dives I'd like to do again...with a 120-cf steel tank and EAN 32%. Deep wreck dives may be NDL-limited, but I still like plenty of gas on my back.

    markmud likes this.
  10. sportxlh

    sportxlh Contributor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: formerly Palm Beach Gardens, FL: now Atlanta
    One of my favorite dive trips was on the MV Spree to the Dry Tortugas....... you ran a fun, and safe, boat.

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