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A Deep Blue Dive Center

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Key Colony Beach, FL, USA
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About A Deep Blue Dive Center
Come with the A Deep Blue Dive’s crew to explore the only living coral reef in North America. The "Melissa Renee" our 30 foot twenty two passenger island hopper or the forty-nine passenger, 45 foot Corinthian Catamaran "Tortuga." Colorful tropical fish, beautiful corals, moray eels and more are waiting to be discovered beneath the Keys' pristine waters.
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Judy wrote a review Aug 2021
6 contributions2 helpful votes
Do not go with Deep Blue to scuba dive. Where to begin? 1. Mixed with snorkelers 2. Boat looks nice and is not great for divers. You sit on bench by your gear, don it, and then shuffle to the stern with fins on. Contrast this with another Keys based dive operation that has you walk to the stern, sit with feet on the dive platform, don fins, then they bring you your bc and tank. 3. The ladder is very bad. It is too narrow with a curved bottom step. It looks all nice and shiny and this means slippery! We resorted to putting gloves on as it was the only way we could grip the ladder without our hands slipping. 4. When you get to the top rung of the ladder there is nothing you can reach to pull yourself up. The railing is too far away. They have a piece of wood they slide up against the ladder and we used the tips of our fingers to have that help us. I have over 500 dives and I never needed an assist to get back on a boat. I gave up on this boat and asked for a lift on my tank so I could get my hand to the railing. None of us could reach it. Contrast this with a wide dive ladder wrapped with rope so you can place your feet and hands without slipping and a big grab bar in easy reach at the dive platform. 5. Once back on the boat you walk back to your tank spot to remove your gear. Contrast with sitting down on the stern and having the crew take your tank back to its slot. 6. Snorkel gear is all over the place. Noodles for the snorkelers were on the deck blocking the water entry site. We had to shuffle around them. 7. The back hatch that closes off the dive platform when the boat is moving is dangerous. It flew up out of its track more than once when the captain throttled back on the engine. 8. There is no rinse tank at the dock for your gear. 9. On the one day they had all divers, they carried more divers than they have tank holders. Loose tanks were set on deck with nothing holding them in place and they rolled around. The boat was extremely crowded. 10. Dives were limited to 50 minutes That included entry and exit, not just bottom time. With a few fixes this could be a good operation, I’m just not sure that will ever happen.
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Date of experience: July 2021
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Response from Robert G, Lord of the Oceans at A Deep Blue Dive Center
Responded 1 week ago
Sorry to hear you were disappointed Judy. While, I personally was not present on this trip, I would like to address your concerns. First off, it's true that we do mix snorkelers and divers at times. We have so many shallow spots on the reef system that accommodate all needs, so this is for most people not an issue. I do want to point out that we offer the option of chartering private groups. Perhaps this would have been a better choice for you. The boat does look nice. We work hard to keep it that way. I am not sure what your issue is with donning gear as described by you. We do assist each diver on and off the boat, which we do for safety. This is standard procedure on 99.9999% of all dive boats. Personally, I have dove all over the world and have thousands of dives, and never experienced the Valet style entry and exit you describe. Neither have I come across a rope covering the ladder. I would love to hear more about that. Regardless, you describe the ladder as bad. The USCG thinks its good. The boat manufacturer thinks it's good. Your fellow divers think it's good. We think it's good. However, as a precaution, I have told the bad ladder to straighten up or else. The "dangerous" back hatch you describe that is 100% safe. What you saw "flew up" is a hinged lever at the bottom that allows water to flow off the deck. There is additionally a safety line at the doorway. The USCG inspects this vessel yearly and does not share your opinion. With regards to there not being a rinse tank at the dock for your gear, you are correct. The rinse tank is located at the shop, not the dock. We do though have fresh water washdown on the boat to use, along with a water hose at the dock. We also have carts to move your gear the 25 yards between the shop and the boat. In conclusion, I realize some divers do not like to share a boat with snorkelers. We do offer private charters should you wish to separate yourself from non-divers. We would be more than glad to accommodate you this way in the future.
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Alia C wrote a review Jun 2021
8 contributions1 helpful vote
Dove with my 3 teenage sons, and my husband and sister snorkeled. Our captains were very kind and knowledgeable. The dives were amazing and they gave us great recommendations about where to go. All equipment was in good working order. Need to be independent divers, as they do not go in the water with you. We went to Coffin's Patch - just gorgeous!
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Date of experience: June 2021
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Response from Robert G, Lord of the Oceans at A Deep Blue Dive Center
Responded 2 weeks ago
Glad you had a great time.
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Carla K wrote a review May 2021
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What an amazing experience!! Not the best “wind” conditions for snorkeling, but Admiral Bob “Lord of the Seas” made up for the crazy wind with his fabulous personality!! A note, the snorkeling was still extremely amazing we saw an array of tropical fish, barracuda as well as a green sea turtle!
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Date of experience: May 2021
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Response from Robert G, Lord of the Oceans at A Deep Blue Dive Center
Responded 2 weeks ago
Glad you had a good time. That Bob guy sounds fabulous. Hope to see you again.
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Annie McD wrote a review Jul 2020
7 contributions5 helpful votes
Our 10-year-old son needed to complete his certification checkout dives, and my husband and I wanted to dive as well, leaving us scratching our heads about our 6-year-old daughter. We decided to go with A Deep Blue Dive Center as recommended by several vacation rental owners. After some quick and responsive email correspondence, we booked a snorkel guide for our daughter. Our son was in great hands with Brantley leading him through his skills, and the dives really cemented his love of scuba. Our daughter became mildly obsessed with Leslie, who snorkeled with her, and it was fun for us hearing her chatting away through her snorkel while we were on the reef. All the staff including Mike, Bob and Francis were super friendly and helpful and kept us laughing. Both kids asked every other day of our trip if we could stop by the shop and say hello. We hope to return to the Keys soon and would very happily rebook with A Deep Blue Dive Center.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Response from BobGayler, Lord of the Sea at A Deep Blue Dive Center
Responded Jul 25, 2020
We are pleased to have had you as customers.
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Debbie P wrote a review Jun 2020
Boynton Beach, Florida, United States306 contributions38 helpful votes
Went out with 4 snorkelers and 2 divers. Had Capt Mike and Bob, The self described Lord of the Seas. We went to Coffin's Patch off of Marathon. The snorkeling was great, but one of our divers got sick and had to sit out the second dive. Capt Mike had such a calming presence and great advice about moving forward with the next dives and how to de-stress. Very helpful and much appreciated. Everyone on board had a good time. If you are staying on Key Colony Beach, I would recommend booking a trip with them. Lots of experience and they make you feel welcome and comfortable.
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Date of experience: June 2020
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Response from Robert G, Lord of the Seas (Yep) at A Deep Blue Dive Center
Responded Jul 12, 2020
Thanks for the lovely review. We hope you visit us on any return visits to Marathon.
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