We visited Phuket a little less than a month ago. I am a very avid diver as is my girlfriend, but she has only a handful of dives under her belt. We stayed across the street at the Boat House and wandered in and met Kevan. He immediately gave us both a great feeling about their operation. Up until this point, because my girlfriend is a new diver, she was still slightly nervous about diving all the way out in Thailand. But we went forward and booked out trip to Racha Yai. The next days diving was average at best, but still a great operation. But Racha Yai provided the perfect dive to get wet again after not diving for nearly a year. Two days later we came back for more and decided to do the more difficult dives at Shark Point, King Crusier Wreck, and Koh Doc Mai. These dives were exceptional. Visibility was incredible, and the girl (my girlfriend) who was a beginner diver two days before was navigating wrecks and drift dives like she'd done it all her life.
Now to the real story.
After an exceptional day of diving, we returned to our hotel and my girlfriend started complaining of blurry vision and sore legs. Naturally I shrugged off that it could be serious, but by the minute her conditions worsened and I quickly confirmed that she had the bends. A diver's nightmare. Without any other solution half-way across the world, I immediately called Kevan back at the dive shop. We rushed back to the dive shop and Kevan immediately put her on Oxygen, but it was very clear to him that she would have to go to the hospital. Throughout the entire ordeal, Kevan and Chantal were still as calm and collected as he was the day we walked in his door. And despite the horrible situation we were going through, we both still felt safe. Kevan quickly organized a cab for us to SSS Hyperbaric and spent the next 24 hours in and out of the chamber.
Now, as I stated earlier, this was an absolute nightmare. But this is by no means a negative review. The bends happen for a number of reasons, but I can say with all certainty after diving for nearly 15 years that our dive was very normal. Our dive masters were top notch and paid special attention to my girlfriend given that she was a beginner. This review is a raving positive because without the compassion and quick decision making from Kevan, we would probably still be navigating the admittance forms in some Thai hospital.
Despite the awful experience, which in no way shape or form represents the professional operation that Kevan and Chantal run, I would go back to Phuket Scuba Club any day.
We owe you our lives Kevan and Chantal
Michael and Deena
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