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What ever happened to Key Largo?

Discussion in 'Florida' started by F106A, Mar 16, 2017.

  1. F106A

    F106A Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: NJ, GSP Exit 36 (24,000' from the Atlantic)
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    Haven't been to the Keys in 18 months and wondering what's changed.

    What I think I know:
    Scuba-Do was on the ropes and is now, apparently, Tango Uniform. Never was the same after Tony & Laurie left.
    Ocean Divers had recently changed management/owners and seemed to have a different personality.
    K.L. Dive Center (formerly GCDC?) seems to be active.
    Conch Republic Divers and Quiescence are probably still doing well, as they should, n'est-ce pas?
    What about HMS Minnow, Horizon, Bluewater, Silent World (under another new management a/o ~10/'15)?
    Any new ops - good or bad?

    Going to try to get back there later this year and looking for updates, opinions and suggestions.
    TIA
     
  2. sportxlh

    sportxlh Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: formerly Palm Beach Gardens, FL: now Atlanta
    2,599
    1,374
    I've limited my dive operators to just a handful who I consistently have good experiences with: #1 (by a long shot) for me is Conch Republic Divers. #2 is Rainbow Reef and #3 is Horizon. RR can be a bit cattle boat like and I don't like the fact that they don't have big nitrox tanks, but their boats are nice and the crews are great and the hotel deals they offer are way below market rates. I'd probably consider Queiscense if I were traveling with a small group and wanted a six pack. I also went out with Islamorada Dive Center last November on one afternoon when CRD didn't have enough divers to make a trip. They seemed like a pretty good operator as well, nice people, nice boat and off-the-beaten-path dive sites.
     
  3. scubaguy655

    scubaguy655 Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Atlanta GA
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    If it has only been 18 months then you know the HMS Minnow is under new ownership. My wife and I dove with Jeff on the Minnow for many years and miss having him around. That being said, the new owner Capt John Garvey is perfect for us as he is a low keyed friendly guy who accommodates our diving style. As with Jeff, we have been out several days with just the three of us. The biggest difference is where Jeff liked to get out early, John leaves around 8 or so when most others do.
     
  4. scubadada

    scubadada Diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Philadelphia and Boynton Beach
    14,484
    10,903
    I dived with Ocean Divers a lot between 2004-2009, don't think I would go back now, completely different flavor
     
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  5. drbill

    drbill The Lorax for the Kelp Forest Scuba Legend

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Santa Catalina Island, CA
    22,811
    5,998
    I second Conch Republic. Had a great experience with Gary and Brenda
     
  6. Capt Gary

    Capt Gary Dive Shop

    # of Dives:
    Location: Tavernier, Florida Keys
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    Were still here and ready to dive



    Come see why we're not just another dive shop.

    Capt Gary
     
  7. F106A

    F106A Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: NJ, GSP Exit 36 (24,000' from the Atlantic)
    607
    19
    Yep, been out a few times with Garvey and enjoyed it. Will do so again. Thanks for your input.

     
  8. F106A

    F106A Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: NJ, GSP Exit 36 (24,000' from the Atlantic)
    607
    19
    Plan on seeing y'all again in July. You run a super op.
     
  9. F106A

    F106A Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: NJ, GSP Exit 36 (24,000' from the Atlantic)
    607
    19
    Too true. Been out with them beaucoup times between '95-'15. Will only use them as an any-port-in-a-storm back-up.
    (If memory serves - you, Jax and I dove with Kev late July, '15 on a three tanker.)
     
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2017
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  10. scubadada

    scubadada Diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Philadelphia and Boynton Beach
    14,484
    10,903
    Hi @F106A

    Sounds right, July 24, Castor, Delray Ledges, and 007/Clubhouse, good times

    Very best, Craig
     

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