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Dive Review of Roger's Suba Shack/n/a in
Barbados/South shore

May, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Roberto Labrador, NY, US
Reviewer   (3 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 5500
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Bahamas, Barbados, St Maarten, Saba,  Key Largo, St Lucia, St Corix,
Bermuda, Bonaire
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, windy  
Seas
choppy, currents  
Water Temp
81   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
30   to 50    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
?  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
General guidelines were set but the divemaster let members of the group
dive their own profiles.   
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
no 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
N/A  
Large Pelagics
  N/A
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
Comments
None to speak of.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
N/A
Food
N/A
Service and Attitude
N/A
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
3 stars    
Comments  
Things at Roger's SCUBA Shack are shall we say, a bit labor-intensive.  I
came down for a three day dive-only trip.  It seems that I picked the wrong
week to dive here and perhaps I should have done my homework as far as dive
shops go. Not a bad experience just that expected a little more from the
shop.

Vis was just bad!  Thats not the fault of the dive shop for sure. 
20-40.  A lot of rainfall down south has forced a lot of sediment into
the current coming north from South America.

Dive Ops: Small boat (20-24) maxed out with divers.  Not a dive boat but
a tender for a larger vessel.  Their main dive boat got beat up in a storm
and is in the yard.  No slots or holders for tanks, just dumped on the
deck.  Its about 100 yards to the surf line from the little shared staging
area where you get your tank. Entry is through the surf to about chest
hight water then a hop, skip and a jump on board (I hit the deck hard my
first time)  I was told to assemble my gear and lug it out to the boat.  In
between each dive we headed back to the same shore site to go though the
proses all over again. Ugg. Each time to get back on the boat I had to
remove my BC and pass it up. No snacks. very little water onboard.  No
rinse buckets, no room. One small rinse barrel on shore and a hose.  No
dive shop or office to speak of.  They may be in the proses of setting one
up.  Just gear rooms and a fill room.  Good fill on every tank, 3k psi each
one.  The dive team seemed to be a little unorganized.  My first day, first
dive the dive-master got separated from of us upon decent.  We descended to
80 with no bottom in sight before we figured out we were with out a guide.
 I couldnt see ****, 20 max in blue/green water.  We hung out for a while
at 50 then made a controlled ascent and back to the boat.  To be fair,
they did make that dive up to us, we got in two full dives that day, each
time going back to the shoer site.  Just a long day that started with an
08:15 hotel pickup and ended at 16:30 drop off, for two dives! I did six
dives in three days, no afternoon dives on the weekend and the Monday I was
there was a Bank Holiday.  No night dives offered.

The owners are good natured and friendly, and know the sites well.  They
tried to point out what they could but it was tough to find anything unless
you were right on top of it.
A bunch of good guys on the crew but a lot of work is expected from the
customer.  I like these guys, but next time Ill try another shop.
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