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Reefers & Wreckers Dive Shop

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BoardingPass600331 wrote a review Oct 2020
7 contributions9 helpful votes
We had a great week diving with Phil and the team. Probably my shortest ever dive was the best under the cement works, topped off by a mantaray gliding past right in front of us..spectacular. Phil is a super guy who cannot do too much for you. Highly recommended.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Dave B wrote a review Sep 2020
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I worked with Phil at Reefers & Wreckers to complete my Open Water Diver PADI certification. And it was the best! Phil is an experienced and patient instructor who made sure that I was confident and capable with all of the skills necessary. And the spots he took us for our open water dives were out-of-this-world beautiful. I cannot recommend Reefers & Wreckers enough for anyone on looking to dive or learn how to dive on the west coast of Barbados. And a shout out to boat captain Jamali for the smooth sailing on some swelling seas! Can't wait to come back and dive some more with these guys.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Paul T wrote a review Feb 2020
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My wife and I have just spent a week diving with Phil at Reefers and Wreckers. We had an amazing time with them and had some great dives. The staff here are very relaxed and friendly but still maintain professionalism. This is certainly a hidden gem of the dive community and is very welcoming. During the surface intervals you feel well looked after with snacks and refreshments. We dived with many returning customers to this dive centre which goes to show they give an excellent service. I have dived all over the world and I can say that this dive centre is probably the most memorable out of the many I've visited. I strongly recommend this dive centre to anyone, thanks for a great week and I look forward to returning one day.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Laura E wrote a review Feb 2020
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I did 6 dives with R&W and agree that Phil, the owner, is a hard worker, runs a clean shop and listens to his customers. By accounts, he is a great instructor but I am a certified recreational dive master with 150+ dives and did not experience his instruction first hand. As Phil is juggling many things, it can be a bit of "island time" diving but all divers were flexible. My first 2 days of diving were good. We saw some cool stuff. I am writing this review, however, about my last day of diving as it is important for other divers to be aware of what happened. Phil could not join the boat dives as he was instructing off the beach. He set it up for Jamal to guide the dives. Archie was the boat driver, as was typical of the prior days. There were 3 tourist divers, a man, Eric, his teenage son from Norway and me. There was one local diver on board who is friends with the staff. The young boy was nervous when he got in the water so Jamal rightly paid close attention to him. During the dive the 3 tourist divers stayed with Jamal and the local diver went off to spear fish the barracuda. That unto itself was disturbing because we were all there to see the fish and when we went down initially there were several barracuda but the Norwegian man was having ear equalization problems and didn't see them on descent. By the time he and his son were ascending to the boat with Jamal, all the barracuda were dead on the local diver's stringer and they never got a chance to see them on the reef. The local diver took approximately 10 barracuda before the 2 dives were over. Too many in my opinion. But the review is really about the diving. The boy needed to ascend after 25 minutes on the 1st dive as he was low on air. Jamal signaled that he was taking the boy and the father to the boat. As I was on the reef alone (the local diver went off on his own), I signaled that Jamal needed to take them to the boat but come back down. As we were drift diving, I requested he leave the floater with me so there was no question how to find me as it was very choppy on the surface and bubbles may not have been apparent. Jamal got them on the boat and came back for me and we finished the dive. However, on the 2nd dive, we were on a mooring ball this time on a wreck in about 55 feet of water. It was fairly near a harbor entrance that can be very busy with boats. After 35 minutes Jamal gave me on ok sign and started to descend with Eric and his son. I stayed near the wreck and waited for him to come back down. He never did. At that time, I did not know that he got on the boat with the father and son and left me by the wreck on my own. He had no idea how much air I had left as he did not inquire or provide any instructions. He did not expect me to ascend with them so it was very surprising that he left me alone in 50 feet of water. When a few minutes went by and he did not return, I ascended to the top of the wreck in about 30 feet of water still expecting him, thinking maybe there was some delay. When I realized that he was not coming back and it was 45 minutes into the dive time, I ascended to do my safety stop. At this point, I hear the boat engine start up and watch the boat leave! Wow! I went back down a few feet as I was a bit concerned about potential boat traffic and hadn't fully completed my safety stop. I assumed they were coming back for me but started making contingency plans in my head in the event they didn't. Several minutes later, the boat comes roaring back and picks up the mooring ball. After it settles in the water, i ascend and learned that during the first part of the dive, Archie took his friend back to the reef and dropped him off to dive. The friend had a partial tank & was back on the surface before me. So they left me alone to pick him up. It is very bad judgment to leave a tourist diver alone in 50 feet of water. It goes against all I learned with PADI. I do not ever dive alone as a hose could go or a health issue could happen and I did not appreciate what took place this day. I spoke with Phil and he assured me he would address it with them but be aware.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Silviu P wrote a review Jan 2020
Hong Kong, China2 contributions
We had an absolute blast diving with Phil at Reefers and Wreckers and would highly recommend him! Although he does work on his own ‘island time’ schedule in terms of pick up punctuality etc, this is due to how hard he works trying to simultaneously co-ordinate with all his different clients whilst running his business etc. This is only a slight knock, however, he was fantastic overall. His equipment was great, and he was very safe and professional. Definitely one of the best dive masters/instructors I’ve come across (I’ve done 50 dives across 10+ countries), he was particularly great in terms of safety and encouragement with my girlfriend plus another inexperienced diver in the group. Would highly recommend many thanks Phil!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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