We did 5 days diving last week with Andrew and Mikey and they couldn't have done a better job at making us feel welcome!
Andrew collected us from our apartment and was very pleasant from the start. He is very knowledgable about Barbados in general so we were able to chat freely with him. As soon as we arrived at the shop, Andrew did the general briefing, completed our medical self-certs and showed him our qualification cards (as is normal practice in reference to an earlier negative review! I'd be more concerned with an operation not asking for this...) while Mikey took our own kit away and put it together - even on a liveaboard we don't get that service! Once we'd checked it over, we kitted up into our wetsuits and jumped aboard. Their boat is a typical small dive boat, kept clean and tidy with shelter from the sun. As most of the sites are only 5 - 20 mins away its perfectly acceptable.
The diving in Barbados is good recreational diving but don't expect Egypt! We did a small amount of research (we were diving with friends who had been before) and felt it was probably not as good as the other islands. After chatting with Andrew over the days and learning about the sites, it seems Barbados seas suffer through storms, and were badly affect by Hurricanes Katrina and Ivan with huge sand movements which either covered coral and reefs or cleared sandy areas to bedrock. Saying that we saw plenty of life plus some rarities - frogfish, seahorses! And plenty of turtles above and below the water!! During one of our surface intervals, they took us to a place where the turtles are happy to interact with us, so we spent half an hour swimming and feeding them!
Andrew was a fantastic dive guide. He is a photographer and as keen amateur underwater photographers he completely appreciated the way our group like to dive - slowly! He knew what to expect and where to find the rarer life on the dive and always went on the hunt and pointed these out. The briefing prior to each dive was informative and appropriate to the site i.e. if it was a shallow reef and easy to navigate it was short and on the boat, but for something like the Stav (large wreck) it was in the shop, more in depth with illustrations.
Every dive day, Andrew and Mikey took care to hose our equipment down and we felt comfortable with the security at the shop to leave our kit there. On the last days diving they spent extra time washing the kit off properly knowing it would fully dry by the time we got home.
Price-wise, we felt it was good value for money. We pay a similar amount here in the UK for a 2-dive day (or morning) - the difference is we have to set up our kit, wash it off, and its cold down there!
So overall, we were totally impressed with Andrew, Mikey and Eco Give generally. We'd thoroughly recommend them for fun, relaxing and informative diving!
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