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Dive Review of Bahama Diver/NA in
Bahamas/Paradise Island

October, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Anonymous, GA, USA (1 report)
Report Number 4511
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Cancun, Bonaire, Far North Queensland, Great Barrier Reef, Phuket,
Thailand, Turks and Caicos, Florida
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
rainy, cloudy  
Seas
surge  
Water Temp
75   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
1
Water Visibility
50   to 70    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
no  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Time limit 40 minutes, no Nitrox available  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
None 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
1 stars  
Small Critters
  N/A
Large Fish
N/A  
Large Pelagics
  N/A
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
N/A  
Boat Facilities
N/A
Overall rating for UWP's  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
N/A
Food
N/A
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
1 stars
Dive Operation
2 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars    
Beginners
1 stars   
Advanced
1 stars    
Comments  
This dive site and operation was the worst ever experienced.  The dive site
had little or no coral, few fish of any size resulting in an extremely
boring dive.  I am easily pleased when diving, and have never experienced a
boring dive, as there is always something to see.  Not on this dive.  This
was my buddy's first open water dive since becoming certified and he had no
desire to return to the water after this first dive as, "it's not
worth it".  The dive masters did not introduce themselves, pushed the
purchase of fish food and attempted to surreptitiously attract fish by
dumping "fish" food throughout the dive. Even then, few fish
showed up for the free feed. The boat and gear were old and showed many
signs of repair.  The dive boat did not have enough lead weights to
properly configure the weight requirements of the divers.  The weights were
so beat up, the weight markings were indiscernable, and the divers hefted
each weight to attempt to guess the proper weight.  The boat engine was
turned off by yanking a rope on the engine.  The BC's did not use
incorporated weights and required the use of separate weight belts.  The
boat ladder did not provide sufficient hand holds above deck level,
requiring hand and knees boarding.  Fire extinguisher was present, but I
could not locate the oxygen.  Water was on board, but not pointed out by
the crew and had to be located by the divers.  No interval wait time snack
(e.g., oranges, sandwich) were provided.  During the dive, my buddy was
"working" his buoyancy to find his "sweet spot".  The
dive master swam over and messed with his gear, smacked his hand off his
valve and wagged his finger at him.  What???  He was not near coral, bottom
or causing damage to any coral, since the coral was nonexistent.  He was
not bouncing at different depths.  He was fluctuating between 1 - 2 feet as
he adjusted his air, and I was observing his actions to ensure his safety. 
Also, when my buddy was at surface, the crew asked him to take off his BC
and hand it up to the boat (Note:  this is his first open water dive after
receiving certification and dive operation was made aware of this fact). 
His response, "uhhh, don't you want my belt first".  As he was
the last diver in the water, this could have been a serious situation.
Fortunately, his level of trust in their capabilities was already
compromised and he second guessed their directives.  On the second dive
there were more fish and coral, but the dive masters continued to feed the
fish and yanked critters out of their homes (e.g., lobster) to show the
divers.  When I refused to partake in their activities, they felt the need
to shove the lobster in my face so I could appreciate their helpfulness. 
The second dive site has numerous (greater than ten) lion fish of great
size.  (Note:  Reportedly, previous laws inadvertantly protected the lion
fish, but have recently been changed to allow divers to spear fish the lion
fish due to the damage to the reef fish populations).  Conversely, the dive
shop was excellently appointed with fantastic gear and opportunities to
purchase many items.  When we had to cancel our second day of diving, due
to sinus illness, the dive operation rudely refused to return our prepaid,
full priced, fees.  We paid $119.00 for a $50.00 dive.  As the purpose of
our long weekend was specifically to dive and celebrate my buddy's long
anticipated certification, the expensive trip was a bust.
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