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Dive Review of Golden Rock Dive Center/The Old Gin House in
St. Eustatius

February, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Charlene J. Carlock, OH, US
Reviewer   (3 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
Report Number 6460
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Solomon Islands, Thailand, Australia, Bonaire, Belize, Curacao,Little
Caymans, Honduras 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
78   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Maximum depth was suggested for each dive. Otherwise, we were permitted to
dive our own profile and stay down as long as we wanted with the provision
that we were to come up when at 500 psi  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
3 stars    
Above everything, safety is important but many dive operations can be lax
about attending to safety details. Yet, the owners and staff of Golden
Rock, Glenn and Michelle were very attentive to our safety which I
appreciated immensely. For one, the staff directed us to use the anchor for
descents and ascents which, in itself, prevents many accidents. 

In addition, staff dealt very effectively with a dive issue my dive buddy
arrived with. Kerry had had a problem the her BCD and injured her ears in
an uncontrolled ascent on a prior dive trip to Honduras and was very
insecure about diving again.  I informed the staff and they took special
care with her at the outset, giving her and me pointers on our diving and
staying close to her especially in the beginning of our week there. 

In another instance, one of the owners, Glenn was diving with us one day
and noticed me struggling with my BCD, which it so turned out was
re-inflating on its own.  He disconnected my cable once he figured out it
was malfunctioning. That was another big wake-up call for us, GET YOUR BCD
SERVICED WITH REGUARLITY! We had grown sloppy about that maintenance but
always had our regulators serviced on a yearly basis.

The operation also allows each diver to choose the level of assistance
desired with regard to setting up your gear for dives and entering and
exiting dives. We choose the max assistance and were well-cared for.

The above data demonstrate how personally attentive and responsive this
dive operation is. Plus, they were all warm and interesting people.
Michelle, another of the owners was great with hospitality and handling all
of the details of our dive trip.  There was not a snag in the process and
everyone on the staff gave us plenty of tips on local restaurants and
sights. We had a fun and relaxed time aboard their well-equipped dive
boats. I'll definitely dive with them again!
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