I was diving with Frogman on Koh Rong Samloem and was not impressed by the safety, the service or the value for money. They happened to be the most expensive dive school on the island.
With just 15 dives, I consider myself a beginner. The dive master who was going to do my buddy did not do any safety checks with me or let me check his stuff. I expressedly asked him if he could have a look at whether I did everything correctly.
There were 4 divers and 2 snorkelers on the little dingy with the dive master. This meant that everyone left the boat. I don't even want to imagine what would have happened if there had been a strong current or a problem. There was no one on the boat to pick us up.
The first dive was ok. The coral was nice and the dive master pointed out sting rays, nudibranches, etc.. After a dive of a little under 60 minutes we climbed back into the boat and after a 5 minutes ride arrived at our second dive site. The dive master was in a hurry because he was responsible for the shuttle service for one of the day-tour boats. So after a surface interval of 10 minutes we went under water again. After 45 minutes we had to resurface again to hurry back to the island. The large boat was already waiting for him to take its passengers to land.
He dropped us at my resort: the lunch that was included in the dive trip was to be had at the resort, because there was not time to do anything else. There were talks about lunch in the fishing village when I would. In the end, we could order anything up 5 USD: which left a huge choice of fried rice or fried noodles. Haha.
The already expensive dives became more and more expensive with the short dive times and the most minimalistic lunch I ever had on dive trip.
What I found also very odd: under water, rather than using his fins for swimming, the dive master, on many occasions, grabbed the coral to pull himself forward. I much prefer no-touching policies I have to say. There was no current or anything that made it necessary to hold on to something.
All in all, I wasn't impressed with the experience with Frogman. For the remainder of my stay on Koh Rong Samloem, I dived with a different dive center and was much happier and felt much safer.
I did complain but that fell on deaf ears. The dive master said he was leaving too and basically he started a rant. Great. Oh well, a problem shared is a problem halved I guess....
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