I have recently just returned from a seven day visit to Tobago which included a five-day diving package with R and Sea Divers. Being used to diving in the UK, I am used to things being basic on occasions but what we experienced wasn't just that. For what was supposed to be a professional diving operation, it left a lot to desired. The dive centre could only be described as a concrete shack on the beach. No proper changing facilities. No toilet facilities. The premises were not properly maintained or clean. The water in the tanks for washing out your dive gear was dirty and sandy and looked as if it hadn't been changed in some while. The dive boat was basic and not well maintained. No sign of oxygen on the boat in the case of emergencies. No proper space for storing your gear which led to several items being damaged. The dive guides were not particularly friendly and did what they wanted to do. Dives were hurried with no allowance for guests to explore at their own pace. It was keep up or get left behind. Although we complained about this to John and Wendy, the owners, they were either powerless or chose to do nothing about it. The vehicles used to transport divers to and from the dive site were poorly maintained with one having no rear seat belts. If you are offered a trip to Speyside to go diving be extremely cautious. One, as to the state of the vehicle hired and the competency of the driver, the lack of which on both counts led to I and most of my diver colleagues being involved in a major traffic accident. Second, as to whether the boat that has been hired will accommodate the number diving adequately, which was not the case for us.
R and Sea Divers has obviously been going through a lean patch and it really shows, which is unfortunate for them but also for anyone who chooses to dive with them. Not value for money. It will take a lot of investment in to get things back to a reasonable standard.
A wasted opportunity at what I am sure is beautiful location.
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