I've been diving now since 2000, most of the time in Grand Cayman. For the first 8 or 9 years, I intentionally went out with a number of dive operations, to meet new people and have different dive adventures. However, since Nat Robb left a large operation a few years ago to strike out for himself, I have found my diving home on Grand Cayman.
I have been diving exclusively with Nat and his partner in crime, Art Hintze, since, I guess, 2010, and have never had a bad experience with them. When I want to shore dive in the afternoons and my dive buddy would rather take a nap, Art is kind enough to go out with me. I do have to pay her, but the company is great, and she takes me to neat and overlooked shore dive sites. The price I pay for those "guided shore dives" is more than worth it.
On the two occasions when I have visited GC for the day off a cruise ship, Nat and Art have adjusted their schedules to accommodate me. Just a few weeks ago, I dove with them at Black Forest and the top of Lemon Reef [north side], and had just a great time.
Nat has his own cool boat, the Peaceful Warrior, which in another lifetime was a Navy Seal craft. It can go, uh, real fast. It's comfortable and intimate, at the same time.
Nat and Art cater to the dive experience of their guests, which means that for the more experienced divers, they give them plenty of freedom; for the more novice divers, they keep a weather eye on them to ensure safety and a good experience. Many dive operators are perfectly fine, but they cater more to the lowest common denominator of diver, meaning that the more experienced divers are limited in their dive experiences.
Nat is a highly qualified CCR/rebreather diver. In fact, Nat back in 2005 took my dive buddy and me out on a "Discover Rebreather" dive. If you are a tech diver or want to get into tech diving, Nat's your man, and InDepth's your operation.
Because the boat is fast, they can dive on the west side OR the north side, depending on weather and chop conditions. Many dive operators kind of pick one side or the other, because it costs too much in fuel and time spent to drive their boats from one side to the other.
Some diver operations run cattle boats with up to 20 or more divers in the water. They make money, but it's a sucky dive expereicne to always be running into other divers in the water. Nat's boat is small, and he caters to the small group. I think the most crowded I've ever seen his boat is maybe 8 divers.
Some dive operators, because they are more interested in saving fuel and getting back to shore quickly, will often pick a less fun or even inappropriate second/shallow dive. For example, one operator I was with a few years ago took us to Eden Rock/Devil's Grotto for a second boat dive, despite the fact that ER/DG is most assuredly a shore dive. Clearly, they went there because it was convenient and not out of their way. It was a nice dive and all, but I was not happy about that, because I could dive that site without having to pay for the boat dive. Face it, we want a boat dive from a boat, not a shore dive.
Nat and InDepth, on the other hand, give you bang for your buck, so to speak. Not only are Nat and Art firendly and personable, they are highly -- highly -- expereinced and qualified. They take you to interesting dive sites. They take into account where YOU, the diver, want to go, if you have preferences. The best part is they have plenty of Fritos and other chips for the dive interval!
I have become friends with both Nat and Art through InDepth. I was acquainted with them before, but never socially friendly. We have become friends because I have a great time every time I go out with them. Believe me, if I had reservations about InDepth, I simply would not have written this review.
InDepth justifiably is becoming the first call diver operation for the discerning diver who wants a first rate and personal experience, without exception. Give 'em a call; you will thank yourself later!
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