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“Open water check out dives”

Quiescence Diving Services
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Since 1977 Quiescence has concentrated on providing it's clientele with an un-crowded and personalized way to enjoy the sport of diving - both scuba diving and snorkeling. We have three boats here at Quiescence, and each operates with a maximum of six passengers to provide each customer with personalized attention, comfort, and safety. This also gives us the ability to take our divers out to spots not normally visited by divers. Our charters operate within the Key Largo National Marine Sanctuary, John Pennekamp State Park, and beyond. Each dive location is selected first and foremost by the customer's wishes, supported by recommendations by the Captain as to local conditions.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Reviewed December 27, 2013

My fiance and I just flew down to the Keys for Christmas to do our open water checkout dives for open water certification. We chose Quiescence based on their small boat size and their great reviews. Our dive master Matt was a fantastic instructor. He was very professional but took the time to point out lots of interesting things during our dives. If we had trouble completing particular tasks, he helped us by giving us multiple chances to get the skill right. The boat's captain Don was also great in that he checked all the diver's gear (even experienced divers), and gave us all detailed orientation to the dive sites. He also helped us take our equipment on and off. It was nice that we all decided as a group where to go each day. In the end, we became certified divers, and saw a whole bunch of great things: green sea turtles, green moray eels, large southern sting ray, parrotfish, angelfish, great barracuda, lots of grouper, cowfish, lionfish, squirrelfish, yellow snapper, and lots of others!

Our only complaints were not really related to the dive company. We both got seasick both days due to the choppy weather (~3-4 foot waves), and the small boats (25 ft) did not really help. Also, we dove using 6 mm suits. They do not have full 5 mm wetsuits, so we had to rent a long-john style and layer it with a 3 mm shorty. All equipment was in new condition except for a few old O-rings. They also do not provide free guides on their dives, and no free snacks--but there is a cooler where you can place food/drink items.

I highly recommend Quiescence. Ask for Matt for any courses!

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Reviewed November 17, 2013

My husband and I recently had a great dive with Quiescence Dive Company. We love this company's 6 diver maximum. This trip definitely ranked up with our top dives (8+ years) due to their courteous guides, the dive sites chosen, and all that we were able to see - sharks, a spotted eagle ray (beautiful!), lobster, Moray and green eels, beautiful corals, lionfish, and a turtle who loved posing for us. Our guide, Cate, was very attentive and made sure we stayed properly weighted for photo shoots at different depths. Results? Great photos of a great day! Thanks, Cate! We'll be back!

Thank Itsjustme52
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Reviewed November 17, 2013

This dive company was recommended to me by two different people and we were not disappointed. The staff were clear with us about the diving conditions, what to expect and asked lots of questions to ensure we were at a skill level that we were able to dive the site we wanted to. The day we went out had a 6 ft. chop and in a small boat, that was a tough slog. After diving the Duane, we asked to come back in instead of doing a second dive and there no questions asked. The gear was new and well-maintained. The boat was clean and the boat captain was knowledgeable and friendly. My only beef (and it is a MINOR one) is that they didn't have rental fits that I could use with my wetsuit boots - I would have like to have had that option.

It's a small boat (max 6 divers) and there is no head aboard. They don't provide snacks. You know that in advance of the dive, so there's no surprises.

Highly recommended.

Thank JDBradshaw
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Reviewed October 24, 2013

We dove with this dive shop during the week Oct 13 thru Oct 19, 2013. They take a maximum of 6 divers per boat. Nice boats and laid back attitude. Boat captain assists with donning equipment so you don't have to walk with equipment, just sit on side of boat and it is brought to you. Very nice. At front desk in dive shop they are vigilant of new divers and check the dive log if they are diving a deep wreck. Had one new diver without enough dives want to do the Spiegel Grove wreck. Since she did not have enough experience, she had to go with the shop's dive master as a guide. During the week's diving, we picked which dive sites we wanted to dive not the dive shop. Dives were great and water temp 81 degrees. This is our third year diving with Quiescence. Oct and Nov are great times to visit the Keys, water temp still warm and the crowds are gone. Went out one day with only 3 divers on boat. Very good dive shop.

Thank Scubatony9
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Reviewed October 23, 2013

We dove for the first time with this group on 10-19-13. They are very laid back and it was a relaxing time. There is no rush and they accommodate all types of divers from beginner to experienced. They handle all tanks on the boat and switch tanks for you between dives, while assisting with donning equipment before each dive. Excellent service.

The seas were 2-3 feet and with only a 20% chain of rain we somehow seemed to find it during both dives!! The boats are 6 packs,which causes a smaller boat to rock a bit getting geared up, but once you're under its smooth diving. This was a great trip for my brand new OW diver GF to experience her first boat dive. We will be diving with them again soon.

Thank Abaco24
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