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Pirates Diving Network

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Hurghada, Egypt
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About Pirates Diving Network
Pirates Diving Network was established in 1990 and is now recognized as a leading PADI 5 star Instructor Development Center and is holding the highest award of excellence in the scuba diving industry.
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shadll1207 wrote a review Oct 2019
Birmingham, United Kingdom108 contributions19 helpful votes
Lovely boat team seemed really nice . On the way to the coral reef it was quick we were told we would go to 2 locations a bout 10 - 15 mins apart the first location was lovely people were in the water for about 30 - 50 mins . The team were great then everyone was asked to re board the boat . Expecting to have a 10 - 15 min journey to the next location , we move about 100 metres they re anchored people had already smoked to the “ new” location so very few got back in the water . Really strange . The highlight was the food it was really lovely even if you don’t eat fish . Then they seemed really drag the return we were told we would visit an island that didn’t happen disappointed really . The they came round with a bill wallet asking for tips and checking what everyone was giving I did feed back that they should just put a box as people were leaving . They also gave feed back forms which felt intimidating I was honest on my mind and was quizzed on my responses . Clearly don’t like constructive feedback . Not my idea of a nice end to an otherwise enjoyable trip .
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Harry1982 wrote a review Jan 2019
Antwerp, Belgium13 contributions13 helpful votes
If you look up information from this via their website (piratesdiving.com/diving-center), everything looks fine. Until you are on the spot. Shop does not exist; one is renovating. Days that nothing happened. You will then be sent to another dive center without any explanation. Outrageous, mafia, never again. This store must close !!!
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Date of experience: January 2019
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Paul E wrote a review Dec 2018
Marston Green, United Kingdom20 contributions18 helpful votes
This for the dive centre located on the pickalbatross site with 2 boats. Booked 4 dives & a fishing trip(more on that later). Dive locations are ok - nothing special. Dive equipment is ok, wetsuits & BCD in good condition, can’t say on the regulators as I had my own (use din). I’m open water qualified my friend is not (theory side & confined water only). 1st dive instructor more bothered about getting you to do middle finger gestures to a camera than let you dive - I’m there to dive not act like a child. 2nd dive was what really showed the lack of safety. My friend was told what was the dive plan? Remember he’s not qualified yet only he was told what was going on & the instructor would join us at some point! 3rd dive witnessed an open water student struggling on a dive and constantly being alerted to his problems by another qualified diver & on the 3rd dive I had my hand grabbed by an instructor looking at my dive watch? Why because no instructor had a dive watch on! Oh & the dive log books were stamped but not filled in or padi number of the instructor (thankfully dive watch recorded it all) I was tempted to do the advanced course but I’m glad I didn’t after this. It’s ok if you’re qualified and don’t have any issues underwater because I’d hate to see what plan they have to fix or help you. The fishing trip! Oh dear oh dear😔 glass bottomed boat? Not chairs or rods anywhere? We’re a bit confused but I’m thinking he must have telescopic rods nope it’s 3 crab lines with bait catching small fish about half a mile off shore😂
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Date of experience: December 2018
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patrick f wrote a review Mar 2018
Cardiff, United Kingdom58 contributions38 helpful votes
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Just to clarify this was for pirates diving based at beach albatross hotel..some of the other reviews here refer to another centre at the Hilton hotel.. It's a smallish set up a centre equipment compressor for air (no nitrox) there are two boats and all the diving was from these.. So if you are looking for the very highest standards in practice and safety then this probably isnt for you.. i had not dived with them before and no one checked my qualifications log book or insurance details.. The equipment is reasonable quality.. quite a few leaky hoses but overall not bad.. A small tip the water is a little chilly at this time of year and i found i needed a 6mm wetsuit. One slight criticism i had is that the centre was quite laid back about whether or not people had their own computers.. quite a few other places i ve been to insist on this and make you hire one of theirs if you don't have your own... again they were a bit too laid back about all of this for my liking... The trips start at 830 and most of the sites are about an hour or so away.. when we went it was pretty quiet.. usually about 4 qualified divers with an instructor, a couple of people on discovery dives with another instructor and maybe a few people doing snorkelling.. the days were quite long.. with all different groups doing their thing typically one after another we got back between 3 and 5 pm with 2 dives.. Boat staff really helpful with kit and helping before and after dives.. I have to say theu were great getting my box on and off the boat and cleaning and drying it all overnight.. it made the diving very low stress and a pleasure.. The sites we went to were all really easy with very little current or swell The places we went to had good coral and lots of varied small marine life.. we saw a few stingrays turtles on about 50% of the dives morays.. no sharks this time.(14 dives).. most of the diving was only to about 10-15m.. good visibility.. we did one or two deeper dives to about 30m and on request they took us to a couple of wrecks We were always accompanied on the first, deeper dives but the instructor seemed happy to let us go off together as a group for the simple 10m second dives.. I'm not sure this is ideal practice.. So overall i reccomend them.. I know I ve pointed out a few concerns/ lax procedures and practices but this is Egypt!! I would in particular point out that theu were really helpful on the boat and with the kit. We used to go to sharm quite a bit before and is personally reccomend hurghada as an alternative
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Date of experience: March 2018
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paulspindler wrote a review Mar 2017
Farnborough, United Kingdom38 contributions11 helpful votes
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My wife and I and a number of Friends Had the Pleasure of using Pirates for a week of diving in March this year. Everything was perfect, The weather, the sea , and most importantly the way we were treated from Day 1. As experienced divers we were able to self guide on many sites which meant we could amble along at a pace that suited us. The boat was not to overcrowded even on days when snorkelers accompanied us. The staff at Pirates were also excellent and my personal thanks goes out to the CEO who took time to ensure we all had the best time. I will definiteley be using pirates again.
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Date of experience: March 2017
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