My kids and I are new to diving and this trip was our first 'blue' water dive. My husband didn't want a group dive in case we had any problems and Sea Monkeys was the answer. The boat takes no more than 6 out at a time so there's lots of help if you have any issues and can go at whatever speed works for you and your group. Colleen and Bill at Sea Monkey's did a great job of taking us out and making sure we were comfortable and ready for our adventure. On our dives were also my husband and two great friends, all three are experienced divers. They also had a great time and enjoyed the dives. We dove Alligator Reef on Saturday and the Fish Bowl on Sunday. There was a ton of sea life in both areas and the water visibility was good. Colleen paid special attention to both kids and made sure they had a great time, saw all sorts of cool things and, as a mom I really appreciated her attention to them - I couldn't have asked for a better experience all the way around.
If you have not been on small boats in the open water I would suggest taking some motion sickness medicine the night before you dive as well as the morning of your dive to ensure your experience isn't dampened by the motion of the surface waves. Also, if you're really worried about motion sickness book the early morning dive - typically the seas are calmer in the morning compared to the afternoon. Our dives were in late July and we only needed skins to dive in (no wet suits). Sea Monkeys has both skins and wet suits you can borrow (included in your rental costs). Me and my two kids do not have our own BC's or Regulators and we rented from Sea Monkeys. All the equipment was in great shape and new. My husbands personal regulator's mouth piece needed a last minute mouth piece change and the shop was able to take care of it immediatly with no problem. Also, another plus is that Sea Monkeys will store your equipment overnight for you if you are doing a multiple day diving trip (like we were) which is a huge plus (no hauling gear and storing it in the hotel room overnight).
There are bathroom facilities and a 'rinse' shower at the hotel right next to Sea Monkeys. There's also a full, outdoor bar as well at the hotel (you can't drink-then-dive but you can dive-then-drink!) and a full resturant with outdoor seating. Both the bar and food can be eaten in your swimwear (very casual).
Note: When diriving the sign for Sea Monkeys is really easy to miss (as alot of shop signs in the Keys seem to be). It's low to the ground and on the small side.
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