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

Golden Rock Dive Center/The Old Gin House, Feb, 2012,

by Charlene J. Carlock, OH, US (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 6460.

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

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 78 to 79 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 60 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
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
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments 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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