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Dive Review of Blue Waters Dive'n in
Trinidad and Tobago

Blue Waters Dive'n: "Blue Waters Dive'n (Tobago) Ups Its Game", Feb, 2015,

by Daniel Spitzer MD, NY, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 9 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 8508 has 1 Helpful vote.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Widely in the northern hemisphere
Closest Airport Tobago Getting There some flights direct to Tobago, otherwise via Trinidad

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 78 to 79 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 60 to 90 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Reasonable dive profiles are allowed; computer usage is mandatory.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments [None] ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 4 stars
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My introduction to Blue Waters Dive’n (BWDive) certainly was not auspicious. We had travelled well over 2000 miles, arriving fairly late the previous night, so my buddies and I were eager to suit up early the next morning. The first non-frozen water we had seen in weeks beckoned, and as competent divers, each with between 15 and 30 years of experience, we expected few hassles.

As I filled my Spare Air from a tank, Wayne Palmer, who runs the dive operation, sauntered over. “We don’t use those here, and they’re forbidden”.
“They explode, and anyway divers use them to extend their bottom time dangerously, and we come up here at 600 pounds. Besides which, the screw you have there {pointing toward the pressure release valve on the fill yoke} is not the original.”

Indeed, the screw was not the original, since the day before departure I realized it had been lost, so I had replaced it with a brass screw of the same size and a small washer. I had performed the engineering calculations – the screw would be subjected to a maximum push-out pressure of 36 lbs, which is a mere fraction of the safe working limit for that diameter and metal. It was perfectly functional, as I had already filled and breathed down my Spare Air once to test it. And I had emailed the dive shop a photo of the fill yoke the day before departure, asking if they had one, so he knew perfectly well that I was going to bring my Spare Air down, and his staff had not told me of this rule! (And we wont even begin to describe the hassles involved in bringing the empty thing through paranoid TSA security! Note – print out the TSA information sheet and hand it, and the empty/unscrewed spare air to the guards. Even then, hold your breath and smile a lot…)

But do they explode? A Google search that evening revealed no cases that I could document. Anyway, I left the ill-fated Spare-Air behind on the dock, figuring that things could only improve.

And improve they did. Blue Waters Inn (BWInn) is set at the northeast corner of Tobago, a verdant and in ma ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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