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Dive Review of Bahama Divers in
Bahamas/Nassau

April, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Michael S, MD, USA
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Report Number 4731
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
0-25 dives
Where else diving
Florida
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, cloudy  
Seas
calm, no currents  
Water Temp
77   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
  to    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
??  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Bottom time; depth limits  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
None 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  N/A
Tropical Fish
N/A  
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
N/A
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
3 stars   
Advanced
3 stars    
Comments  
On a family trip to Nassau, I dove for two full days (3 tanks/day) with
Bahama Divers. On the first day, my wife and kids - and many other folks -
joined us on the afternoon boat for snorkeling; the second day, my older
child (age 11) took the "resort course" in the morning and then
joined us for the shallow (<30 ft) dive in the afternoon. Overall, the
staff were friendly and professional. Making arrangements by phone and in
person was very easy, and everything was as described/advertised. 

A few things that people should be aware of:

(1) Bahama Divers only rents shorty wetsuits. This is the only option
listed under rentals, so in that sense they're up front about this.
Unfortunately, shorties were inadequate for many of the divers on my trips;
e.g., the first day, I buddied with a diver who had been so cold the day
before that he bought a full wetsuit for the next day, while another was so
cold after our first dive that she couldn't dive her second tank. Some of
the staff dove using shorties, but at least one dove with a full wetsuit
over a full dive skin, while several others used full suits plus hoods.
Given that - and the fact that a high fraction of their customers were
using rental gear - I think it's unfortunate that the shop does not offer
full wetsuits as a rental option. (I was using my own 3 mm full suit, plus
a beanie on the deeper dives, and was comfortable.) 

On the plus side, they did have kid-sized (shorty) wetsuits - and when they
ran out of rentals, they took new suits from the dive shop and put kids in
those. 

(2) Nitrox is not available. Bahama Divers stated explicitly that nitrox is
not available anywhere on the island, but I've since learned that the other
main dive operator, Stuart Cove's Dive Bahamas, does offer nitrox.

(3) Only AL80s and AL63s were available. On my trips, everybody was using
AL80s. Standard fill was between 2700 and 2900 PSI.
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