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“Great dive”
Review of USCG Duane

Ranked #21 of 71 things to do in Key Largo
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Owner description: The 329-foot Coast Guard cutter Duane was sunk in 1987 to create an "artificial reef," which was specially prepared for advanced divers with clear, open hatchways and open rooms to explore.
Reviewed December 11, 2012

The Duane is a great dive. Unlike the Spiegel Gropve which takes many dives to see, you can get a really good look at the Duane in one dive. It still can be challenging because of depth and currents, so you should have the appropriate level of certification and experience. We've been seeing bull sharks there and we've seen baby trunkfish too. If you swim above the gunwale and look below the level of the deck you can often see goliath groupers swimming around the ship. Viz in the summer is often 80 to 100 feet. It can be 30 feet or less if conditions aren't good.

Pay attention to the briefing! Even though this ship is smaller than the SG, things can easily go wrong. You should always use the lines on the way down and up because if you don't you may end up blown off in strong currents and then you end up having to go for a ride in the little basket hanging from the pretty orange chopper after they find you. No kidding. It happens. But if you dive intelligently, don't do penetrations that you are not trained or prepared for, and watch your air this is a very fun dive.

Thank L M
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Reviewed November 25, 2012

I was amazed at the size of the ship. This was a great introduction to wreck diving. We were over warned about the surface current. It was there but I've been in much worse. There is alot to see and do on this wreck and we barely scratched the surface. Saw a Bull Shark and Black Tips and a sea turtle as well.

Thank bill h
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Reviewed November 9, 2012

Dispite heavy current this was a great dive site. We dove there twice and saw large bullsharks both times. Must be advanced and experianced for this site.

Thank Jason L
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Reviewed November 1, 2012

Apparantly we dropped lucky with the Duanne, we were told there was always a current, sometimes quite strong. We dived twice with no current on different days. Brilliant dive, loads of life and the wreck looks amazing. Needed more than 2 dives to fully explore though.

Thank Scuba_GDH
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Reviewed October 12, 2012

Great wreck! Lots to see and shoot on superstructure from 85-105 ft. You can go deeper if you want but it's not necessary. Current was pretty strong on the line.

Thank JYC666
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