From Andrew M.

Hi Guys,

I just wanted to drop you an email to say that I had a fantastic time over the course of my IDC training and the IE. Sally is a fantastic Course Director and I felt that I learnt so much from her. She is a fountain of knowledge and I feel privileged that I was able to become an instructor under her tutelage.

But I just can’t sing Sally’s praises. Everyone at the dive shop was fantastic and so helpful. There are few dive shops that I have come across that rank as highly as yours. I would like to say a big thank you to everyone there: Sally, Pam, Yvonne, Carstan, and Stephanie. They all really helped to make my trip there fantastic.

I hope that I will be able to come back soon and if any of you are ever in the Bahamas, please look me up.

Thanks for everything.



Sept. 17, 2010 • 12 a.m.

News and Information From the Monroe County Tourist Development Council

Admiral Allen: BP/Transocean Well Intercept Completed

In a statement released late Thursday night, National Incident Commander Admiral Thad Allen confirmed that the Development Driller III relief well has intersected the BP/Transocean Maconodo well in the northern Gulf of Mexico.

“Through a combination of sensors, embedded in the drilling equipment and sophisticated instrumentation capable of sensing distance to the well casing, BP engineers and the federal science team have concluded that the Development Driller III relief well has intersected the Macondo well,” Allen said.  “This determination was made based on a loss of drilling fluids that indicated communication had been established beyond the relief well, the pressure exerted against the drill bit as it came in contact with the well casing and, finally, an increase in pressure in the choke line of the Macondo well blowout preventer.”

“Accordingly, we intend to proceed with preparation to cement the annulus and complete the bottom kill of the well,” he said.

The “bottom kill” is the final step in a long process to permanently seal the well that gushed millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico between April 20 and July 15.

No significant amounts of oil have leaked into the Gulf of Mexico since July 15 when a cap was installed on a failed blowout preventer.

There have been no reported physical oil impacts to the Florida Keys, according to Coast Guard officials.


Spill-related websites, primarily focusing on affected areas, include:


TDC website with spill-related information for Keys visitors:

What a perfect day!

What a great day of diving in the Florida Keys. Check out this picture from another satisfied diver on Pete’s Reef. Sure is a pretty boat! Thanks to Susan and Malcolm for the great shot.

Florida Keys Wreck Trek and Reefs, Scuba Capital of the World

The Florida Keys is the Diving Capital of the world, from Key Largo, Tavernier, Islamorada, Marathon and Key West, amazing reefs and wrecks abound. All the diving a diver could ever want, and it’s right here in the U.S. The Florida Keys has the dives that divers dreams are made of. Enjoy the underwater video.