We would NOT recommend LowKey Watersports of St. John. LowKey is not low key. If you want a relaxing scuba dive experience, choose another company. If you want rushed, shallow dives, then LowKey is your place.
With 27 years diving experience all over the world, we know good from bad dive companies. Ann Marie Estes and Bob Shinners are co-owners of LowKey. Ann does a nice job running the shop, is friendly and welcoming, and Bob captains the boat. Bob is really the drag on the business: he is moody and unprofessional, and it's pretty clear Bob wants to do the absolute minimum.
Our experience: All divers were on board the boat for over 15 minutes cooking in the sun waiting for Bob to show up and run the boat. Bob showed up late, never said hello to anyone, and with his mood the dive masters clearly avoided him. Bob selected the dive sites, and he choose shallow dive sites close together for our 2-tank trip. This Bob's MO: shallow dives where there is no surface interval time needed between dives so he can get back home ASAP. Bottom time was 35 minutes, while most dive operators give you 45 minutes or until air runs to 800 psi. Bob rushed everybody off the boat into the water. As we were climbing back on the boat, Bob sat there, refusing to help anybody with cameras or heavy gear and he let the dive masters scramble around and do all the work.
For our 2nd dive site there was strong current to get through a coral canyon and Bob commented to us before the dive, "It's okay to cheat. Just grab on and pull yourself along." (We were horrified because everybody knows you never touch coral because it can injure or kill the coral). Overall, Bob gave us the distinct impression he was bored, burned out, and didn't care about the dive experience people had.
September 2009 Baltimore, Maryland USA
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