My wife and I decided to squeeze a morning dive in Key Largo into our week in Ft. Lauderdale. On the recommendation of a friend, we contacted Rainbow Reef and reserved a Friday morning excursion. We arrived at the parking lot outside the Comfort Inn and proceeded to check in, pay, get gear (we drove to FL so didn't bring any equipment) and get on the boat.
The staff were all friendly, approachable and knowledgeable. We received a short briefing from the boat captain, then proceeded to the first dive site. They gave us the "10 minutes to arrival" warning and we all geared up and waited our turn. It was the typical line up/giant stride/hang on the line/descend together operation, with up to 6 divers per divemaster. The divemaster routinely ensured we all watched our air and were doing well. Most of the group we were in, were fairly inexperienced/rusty, so the pro attention was welcomed.
The dive sites were excellent and we spent plenty of time at each site.
Overall, if I'd just sat back and thought about how I'd like this morning to go - imagining if all went really, really well: that's how this morning went. Everything was easy, efficient and pleasant.
We will definitely return to Rainbow Reef when we're diving nearby.
Our prior experience is not extensive, but includes prior dives in the Keys, Aruba, St. Maarten, Mexico and Hawaii. We've been certified about 20yrs.
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