this shop is my type of place.....it seems they specialize in the serious divers. a certain amount of respect was given to me as an advaced diver who just doesn't get to go that often. i was in the keys with family as a lone diver and had a 1 day window. when calling around prior i got everything from a blunt no to a 'well you will have to take a $180 refresher course' when i inquired about doing the spiegel grove. this is the only dive i wanted to do.
i will admit my expectations are large but when i called silent world they signed me up and boasted how they go to the grove often and do 'double dips'.....i was excited.
when i got to the shop on dive day i paid etc...then i was asked 'did you want to go shallow?'
i stated i should be signed up for the grove, the owner showed me the schedule and said 'see you are the only one'
then he proceeded to look the other schedule and went on about how people change their minds and things get screwed up etc. then he turned to the captain and was saying that they would have to go to the grove and then go shallow and how others may want to go deep.
so i went to the docks and got all my stuff ready etc when the captain came up and said...they change their minds, they want to go shallow and the owner would give me a voucher for another dive. what was i to do? it was 9 o clock. so i went. the owner did come to the dock to see us off but really didn't converse with the divers.
hey, the dives were nice, but i was truly disapointed. it seemed everyone on board was at beginner level and there really was no intention to go deep at all. i felt bamboozled
when i went back to the shop, the owner was not there and the guy working there had been the first mate on the boat. he had no knowledge of a voucher and really didn't seem concerned, but he did stamp my book so now i can say i have been diving recently if i get to go anytime soon.
i felt almost scammed. i don't think there was any intention to go to the grove that day, but why not just tell me that upfront?
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