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

Roger's Suba Shack/n/a, May, 2010,

by Roberto Labrador, NY, US (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 5500.

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
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
UW Photo 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
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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