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    OCNJ Recommendations

    Atlantic Divers and American Diving Supply are both in Egg Harbor Township, a stone's throw from each other and a 20+/- minute drive from O.C. ADS uses the Dina Dee out of Barnegat Light and has a sparse schedule and somewhat shallow dives, 70-100'. Atlantic Divers (Atlantic Divers: 2018...
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    NJ dive ops recommendations (Ditto Key Largo)

    Bueller? Bueller? Bueller? Anyone??
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    Key Largo (and NJ) recommendations

    Where to start... First, thanks for all the replies and good info. So... Conch Republic Divers always have been super; I'll be seeing them again for sure. Quiescence is also great; run good six-packs and are also very safety conscious. Wanna try RR (and see how their acquired O.D. assets changed...
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    Key Largo (and NJ) recommendations

    Thanks for the reply, drrich2 - all good stuff. Big or small - boat size not a great concern. Went out w/RR once many years ago when they had a kiosk/shack right by the boats at the MM100 canal. Nice op, friendly folks. Guide service not really of interest. Quiescence hasn't changed in 25 years...
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    NJ dive ops recommendations (Ditto Key Largo)

    Broad topic to be sure. However... I'm in the Atlantic City area and have gone out with Atlantic Divers and American Diving Supply (formerly ECDS). Been on their and others' and my boats from Cape May to Brielle, just not recently. Any thoughts on ops and boats in that area. Also, plans include...
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    Key Largo (and NJ) recommendations

    Broad topic to be sure. However... Plans include heading down to Key Largo in the next few months after a two year absence. Looking for recommendations/comments for dive ops. Recollection has Conch Republic Divers and Quiescence among the best. Wondering about Ocean Divers and HMS Minnow (and...
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    What ever happened to Key Largo?

    Re The Chairman's "...yelled at....": Some years ago: Got (appropriately) mini-chastised from Gabriele (formerly half of Dual Porpoise?) upon surfacing after an O.D. dive sans buddy. I told her what happened: That buddy was a Russian who took off like a banshee as soon as we hit the water. I...
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    What ever happened to Key Largo?

    My impression as of mid-'14: The personality of the shop appeared different. When Joe A was there (in the store) it seemed friendlier, more relaxed. The trip I took with them was, when in the shop, as impersonal as ordering a hamburger in a drive-through. I don't remember much about the actual...
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    What ever happened to Key Largo?

    (The following duly acknowledges the frustration K.L. dive ops must frequently feel but...) To k4kafka - Don't fret the incident but I hope you gave them the appropriate one finger salute. And then told them to f ... Oh, never mind. (Self pre-censored)
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    What ever happened to Key Largo?

    Lots of good info here from you and many others. Thanks, Elena, for your input. But ... too much for an old guy to absorb on short notice so .... I'll make notes. Wow - S.W., Slate & R.R., S-D, P.I. all juggling - I didn't know. Thanks! CRD & Quiescence are a given, as noted by many repliers...
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    What ever happened to Key Largo?

    Too true. Been out with them beaucoup times between '95-'15. Will only use them as an any-port-in-a-storm back-up. (If memory serves - you, Jax and I dove with Kev late July, '15 on a three tanker.)
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    What ever happened to Key Largo?

    Plan on seeing y'all again in July. You run a super op.
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    What ever happened to Key Largo?

    Yep, been out a few times with Garvey and enjoyed it. Will do so again. Thanks for your input.
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    What ever happened to Key Largo?

    Haven't been to the Keys in 18 months and wondering what's changed. What I think I know: Scuba-Do was on the ropes and is now, apparently, Tango Uniform. Never was the same after Tony & Laurie left. Ocean Divers had recently changed management/owners and seemed to have a different personality...
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    3 tanker with UE July 24

    I joined (plus did the AM and PM soirees the following day). First time with U.E. after a couple of unsuccessful previous attempts. The boat was a beaut, as were the dives and company. Kev done good. And Deb at Boynton Beach Dive Center gave uber good support keeping the tanks full and...
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    Best Dive Operators in Key Largo

    Actually it looks like Flakeys absorbed the TDC name and remaining boat when TDC folded some years ago. (Hadn't TDC's/Mike's shop moved a few miles down the road, maybe ~MM82 O/S, just prior to calling it quits?) But, TDC ran a great op during the tenure of several owners. Lady Cyana was great...
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    Best Dive Operators in Key Largo

    Recommend: Conch Republic - super op: Can't imagine them as anything but pleasant and safe. I've seen many examples of both diving with them over the years. Quiescence - super op: Ditto. Comments: Silent World - getting better every day: IMO, is much better now the two previous owners are gone...
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    Thumbs up to Conch Republic Divers once again!

    Pretty much what everyone can expect from Conch Republic. That's why they're just about the best in the area.
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    Silent World Review 11/28 - 30 With new ownership (long)

    I can't imagine what it's like to deal with The Public but the shops know all along it ain't no picnic. I also think that the FL Keys shops deal mostly with "Tourist Divers" and all the negative connotations that label implies. So... My past experiences and shop protocol: Aqua-nuts (former op @...
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