I'm 60 years old and brand new to scuba. The entire staff at DiveTech was very patient and... read more
I'm 60 years old and brand new to scuba. The entire staff at DiveTech was very patient and... read more
My dive buddy and I were very happy with our trip today. Drew, Tony and Raggie did a stellar job... read more
Went diving on the 1/8/18, and I’d like to give a very HUGE shoutout to Menno, thank you SO VERY MUCH for your patience/ calm and kind demeanour. I very nearly was going to dropout and not do it, my irrational fears sometimes get the better of me. But Menno’s calm reassurances helped immensely. Honestly, you were a star, and the experience was all the much better for it.
It seems we've been getting a lot of huge shout-outs lately. We are glad to hear you were happy with Menno.
Menno was very happy to be there with you and help you to have a good experience.
Thanks for the review, Fatima. Come visit us again soon.
Came for 4 nights w/ my wife who is not as experience of a diver as i am. Goal was to get her diving numbers up. When we first saw the room, we were in total shock. It was gorgeous, and huge (1500sq ft vs our tiny brooklyn apt). The diving op was excellent, well maintained and well staffed. We did an around 4 dives per day. All on nitrox. Tank fills were very generous, usually 3500psi. We did mostly shore dives, althought the one time we did do a boat dive the captain, lee, was excellent. Dives here are great and the house reef is quite healthy. The further wall is awesome, with bigger fish and a huge drop off.
I did a night dive, which was spectacular: saw and octopus eat a snapper! my guide, raggi (probably spelled his name wrong), was great, and made sure i saw everything. Squid, turtles, lobsters, spanish lobsters, octopus, rays, everything. it was great.
Also worth pointing out that the restaurant downstairs was also awesome, it's vegan! (well it also has lionfish). Great to have super healthy food, while diving. Im also on a very strict diet right now (vegan, gluten free, nut free and soy free) and had an easy time eating there.
Thank you for the review, Lewis. We are happy to hear you had a wonderful time with us. I think you got really lucky to see an octopus in action. Only God knows how to spell Ragime's name and maybe a handful of our staff members. He does prefer to be called Raggy so Raggi is close enough. Come visit us again soon.
We did several dives with Divetech, both shore diving from their shop at Lighthouse Point, and from their boat a few minutes' drive away. We had originally booked a few more dives with them, but ended up not being able to do them due to their change of plans. Our last dive with them was canceled a few days after booking it due to an event they were hosting during that time, so we had to make alternate arrangements. Annoying, but it was well ahead of time so I'm not knocking them for that.
The shore dive at their shop was fun, easy entry and good conditions, and some interesting things to see after a short swim. We had hoped to do a night dive the same evening on the shore, but were not able to. After confirming via email, again on the phone, and that morning, that we could get tanks and use our rental gear for the night dive, they abruptly changed their minds when we tried to get the tanks in the evening, saying they wouldn't let us have tanks because they would have to refill them in the morning for their big event. I understand it would be a hassle for them, but this wasn't a surprise as we had requested it weeks in advance and the last-minute cancellation left a bad taste with us and we had no chance of making alternate plans.
The boat dive sites were great, and we had no issues at all with safety or actually completing our dives. The guides ranged from good to average. Some of our best dive experiences elsewhere had the guides telling us what fish etc. to look out for before the dive, and filling us in on highlights we had seen after the dive. None of that here, but this may be more of a regional thing than company vs company. Some of the divetech guides took the time underwater to find and point out interesting features and creatures, and some just swam us around.
Overall, dive sites were great, guides were average to good, and the administration was frustrating for us to deal with and caused us to miss a dive we had planned on because of their last minute changes.
thanks for taking the time to leave us some valuable feedback. First of all we would like to thank you for your understanding and flexibility in rescheduling for the event we hosted.
The event you refer to was Divetech's World Record attempt to celebrate PADI Women's Dive Day 2018. Our goal was to set a record for the longest female human underwater chain. After a somewhat slow start in the final weeks and days before the event it snowballed as island, female and diver spirit came together and ever more ladies entered. We actually had so much interest that we had to close registration.
As we finalized the entry list, it became clear that with the great turn-out for the event we needed to have all our tanks filled the day before, as we would not have time to refill all the required tanks on the day itself. This required a decision quite late in the day that we had to close for shore diving.
We understand that this decision had an unfortunate impact on your scheduled dives. We hope that this is offset by the knowledge that your flexibility and support was very much appreciated, and allowed a World Record to be broken and raise over 3,000 USD for charity. A video of the event was just released on our social media.
We're happy that you enjoyed our boat dives. The guides brief every dive with a hand drawn color map of the dive site, and they include any unique marine life that you might encounter on a specific dive site. It can happen that the more common 'garden variety' of Caribbean reef life found on every dive site is not specifically mentioned. Of course we welcome any guests who have more extensive questions on marine life and the dive site than covered in the briefing, to ask our crew who are always happy to share their knowledge and experience of the local reefs.
Our experience with Dive Tech in Cayman Islands was wonderful. The service was really pretty good. I especially enjoyed diving the Kittewake, although I wish they had suggested taking a flashlight for that dive. But Jess was a great leader for our group. It was the 1st time diving a wreck, and she made me feel very comfortable.
Thank you for the review. We are happy to hear you had a great time with Jess.
We don't usually take a flashlight for the Kittiwake as it has natural light coming in from every openings and once your eye adjust to the lighting/darkness, you can enjoy the site and encounter more marine life without having them dart off or move away from light.
Hope to see you again soon.
Divetech picked us up from our hotel/condo each dive day. We did multiple days of boat and shore dives during our stay on the island. I found the staff to be friendly, the rented scuba equipment to be in fine working order, and the boats in excellent shape. Every single boat dive except the Kittiwake dive lasted at least 60 minutes. The Kittiwake was shorter (48 minutes), but once the ship exploration was completed there was not really more to see at that location. On all the other dives, divers low on air were sent back to the boat under the observation of the DM while divers with sufficient air remaining were allowed to continue to dive in the general area of the boat with a dive buddy under the DM's watchful eye. Roll calls were completed even on dives with only four paid divers participating.
We shore dived the main wall and the mini wall on different days and did a guided night dive along the mini wall. Watch the current on the shore dives as they can be quite strong at times. They are shore dives so an ascent and surface swim to the exit could be necessary if you do not properly understand the current and manage your air supply properly. On an unguided shore dive we went from no current as we headed out along the wall to a strong current about the time we turned around to make our way back along the wall. No, we did not have to do a surface swim.
The thing I liked most was that the company seemed to cater to the bit more experienced diver. There was no constant badgering about air supply. First diver to 1500 to signal the DM, and the DM turns the dive around to head back at a shallower depth. I thought they were safe in the water. We set up our own equipment, but the staff were more than willing to help with any problem and identify any issues that they observed. Orange slices were provided as a snack between dives, and clean towels were provided as well. The first dive of the morning was a deeper dive (~100 feet) followed by a shallower second dive (~60 feet) after the surface interval.
We did the USS Kittiwake dive with Divetech. The ship was cool. It no longer sits upright as one of the storms caused it to list heavily. This caused me a little bit of vertigo, I suppose, as I became a bit nauseated. If you are easily nauseated, you should consider this before doing this dive.
The food at the restaurant next door was great. Try the lionfish curry if you like that sort of thing...great tasting.
Thank you for taking the time to write this review, Ron.We are happy to hear you found us to be professional and safety-oriented.
May I suggest using an underwater scooter next time you venture out to the main wall. Like you said, main wall is worth the visit but the current condition can be unpredictable and when it turns against you, it can be quite exhausting. But with a scooter, the current barely becomes an issue and you can truly enjoy the magnificent beauty of the main wall and cover more areas. Hope to see you again soon.
Good for shore diving and boat trips. Short swim to nice mini-wall. Surface swim to main wall on calm days. Fun night dives. Snorkeling from dock for non-SCUBA visitors.
Thank you for the review, Michael. Our shore diving site was voted #4 best shore dive in the World! Like you mentioned, this site caters to people of every level whether they are diving or snorkeling. Mini-wall is full of life and very easy to navigate for beginner to advance divers and shallow enough for the snorkelers to swim around and have a peak at Guardian of Reef as well.
If you want something different and more challenge, there is the main wall and it's easier to dive there if you use our scooter. Hope you had the chance to dive with one. If not, I recommend you try it next time you are here.