I was very impressed by our dive-master (Anthony Luciano) and boat captain (Frank Lazu) in their respect for both the divers and our dive site. Captain Frank told us that we might not be able to get out to Desecho island because the seas were a little rough, but that his first responsibility was to ensure our safety. When we did get out without mishap, he emphasized the delicate nature of the coral and wildlife in the reefs of Desecho (a Federally protected wildlife preserve) and told us that the only specimens we could remove were bottle or can 'fish.'
Dive master Anthony was telling our team of 4 to get ready for a 75 foot dive, when I felt I had to say that i was (newly) PADI certified to only 60 ft. He immediately agreed that this is all we would do, assuring everyone that there was plenty to see at 60. The dive was fantastic -- nurse sharks, morays, giant crabs, tube sponges as big as trash cans, and visibility that must have been at least 90 feet. What a great team.
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