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Dive Review of Johns Diving Charters in
General Travel/Other Locations/Scapa Flow - Orkney Islands

Johns Diving Charters: "Awesome wrecks in Scapa", May, 2017,

by Lee Martin, AB, CA ( 2 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 9716.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 2 stars Food 1 stars
Service and Attitude 2 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments John is a very experienced charter operator. So experienced that I think he finds non expedition level divers without rebreathers boring. Our boat was all experienced Tec Divers, including our group of 5 Canadians, but John didn't seem very interested in engaging with us, or doing any sort of dive briefing or discussion before and after. His boat is fairly spartan as well. The boat docks each night and the crew leaves so you're on your own in the evenings. I would definitely choose a different charter next time.

That being said, the diving itself is spectacular and worth the trip. The wrecks are massive, mysterious and covered with life. You couldn't see it all here in 1000 dives I think! Go before they rust away into nothing.
Websites Johns Diving Charters   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Caribbean and lots of Canada West Coast
Closest Airport Kirkwall Getting There London-Scotland-Kirkwall airport or Scotland-car ferry to Orkneys

Dive Conditions

Weather windy Seas currents
Water Temp 8-10°C / 46-50°F Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 20-50 Ft/ 6-15 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No restrictions. John has oxygen, helium and a booster on his boat so he can blend whatever backgas and deco mixes you want.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals N/A Tropical Fish N/A
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Power and space is available on the boat.
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