We were told that our diving was being changed from 8am to midday at 6pm the day before. We arrived at midday and sat waiting in the dive shop until 2pm as no trucks were available. We did the same dive twice on our first day and our guide spent most of the dive teaching an advanced course rather than guiding.
The second day we were persuaded to pay more to dive in Gozo (not what we'd booked) which did turn out to be an improvement on the previous day. We dived the Blue Hole and the Inland Sea which were very impressive but, again, our guide was busy teaching advanced students so we weren't sure where to go and ended up hovering with the rest of the group. I was expecting the guide to point out interesting things and identify fish as with all of our previous guided dives.
My main concern was during our final dive when we were asked to let the guide know when we only had 120 bar remaining as we had a fairly long swim through a cave to get back to shore. I noticed I was down to 120 bar but the guide was not around. He had gone deeper than I am qualified to go with the advanced students so I was down on air by the time he'd returned. This resulted in a fairly frantic swim back through the tunnel to ensure everyone had enough air to do their safety stop. Another member of our group had the same experience, so I wasn't alone in being somewhat alarmed by this.
Regardless of the slightly unconventional setup of these dives, they were quite enjoyable but would have been much better if our guide hadn't been so preoccupied elsewhere and had had the time to point more things out.
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