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“Most professional operation we've had the opportunity to dive with!”
Review of Eco Dive Barbados

Eco Dive Barbados
Ranked #11 of 75 Tours in Bridgetown
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed May 12, 2014

My experience with Eco Dive Barbados - and Andrew Western - was flawless from the start. From my original email inquiry to the immediate response and professional correspondence prior to our dives, we knew we were going to be in good hands with Andrew. Upon arriving via cruise ship in Barbados, Andrew was punctual, professional, fun, and informative. Not only did we experience wonderful dives with him, but he provided us with directions to beaches/restaurants, etc. within immediate walking distance of the dive shop so we were able to thoroughly enjoy the rest of our time on the island. Andrew and Mikey (dive boat captain) were both incredibly helpful, went above and beyond to ensure our dives were effortless, and were all around fun to be with. We're experienced divers and have worked with several dive shops in multiple locations, and Eco Dive was by far one of the best.

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Reviewed May 2, 2014 via mobile

Organised trip before leaving Australia and wanted great dives and punctuality as we were in town literally for 8 hours. We wanted some time to check out Barbados as well. Andrew picked is up from pier on time and delivered what we expected and had a fantastic time. I would highly recommend ecodive but Andrew is a large personality. He has strong views and rules (lots) but at the end of the day he spent the time explaining and setting expectations that optimises your dive experience and also curtesy to your fellow diver so everyone has a good time. It also makes for a safe diving experience even when we ended up with unexpected strong currents and literally had to hang on and watch the sea life around us. Our second dive was in the bay with 5 wrecks and it was great. Andrew and mikey are both courteous and helpful and andrew is very passionate about diving and has a wealth of knowledge and experience that I respect even after diving for 23 years. If you don't like being told or taught go somewhere else. If you want to learn what diving and curtesy to other divers is about and have a dive experience book with andrew, I certainly will if I get to Barbados again.

1  Thank chillingoutsup
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Reviewed April 20, 2014

I just checked in to this site because Andrew was out of his Eco Dive t-shirts when I dove with him in February this year and wanted to see if I could order one now, saw that very negative review. I totally disagree. Andrew runs a tight ship. If you are like me and want a great, safe uncrowded dive, go with Eco Dive.

2  Thank Asmllc
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Reviewed April 18, 2014

I want to let all who care about taking a quality dive excursion to read this, please!
1. Make sure you can take a drying towel of some sort on board with you.
2. Make sure your dive-boat is at least 25 ft. long in rough seas. Ours was approximately 15 ft. at most.
3. Make sure the establishment respects your diving training. For example, I do not like being grabbed to re-establish where my weights should be on my on own person, they are where I want them to be.
4. Make sure the establishment knows where you stand on facial mucus. This establishment did not allow for any on board their small boat. They douse you coming out of the dive on the ladder with fresh water to clean you before you step on their little boat. Wow, really? You can’t spray your boat down? Remember, you have no drying towel.
5. Make sure the establishment will stay with you on the dive. This establishment states to you on the pre-dive session that they will leave you behind if you don’t stay with the group. According to them, you are a professional, so in accordance that you should wander away for some reason or trouble, you should know how to fix it. One of our group stayed at the wreck to long and they did what they said!
6. Make sure the establishment respects your ability as a diver, advanced or otherwise. It seems all our movements while diving were dictated and choreographed by the establishment. I should have picked up on that at the pre-dive session, but I overlooked it.
7. Make sure the dive-boat captain stays close to the pick-up area. Ours was about 100yds. out and took a very long time to pick-up divers when surfaced. In rough seas it proves to be out there long, very difficult even for the best of shape divers.
8. Last but not least, make sure the outfit you sign on with, offers you an enjoyable dive as oppose to a rough seas dive that promises you more to see when you go down. For the money you are paying these people you deserve an enjoyable dive not one selected by them for their convenience. Did I mention we had no towel, none were permitted on board.
ECO-DIVE in Barbados is one to stay away from! A small outfit with a small boat, to many rules and bad management. I just returned home in April from vacation and it was all good until I went diving there with my wife. So I hope this will help some out there to see some things that I should have seen but missed.

4  Thank mdh941
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Reviewed April 14, 2014

This is the 2nd time we have dived in Barbados, the last time being in Sept 2012. Nothing has changed - Andrew, with the aid of Mikey, still runs a really tidy and professional dive operation.

We spent a week in Tobago before arriving in Barbados and it gave us a great opportunity to have a Caribbean comparison when returning to Eco Dive (I don't think its fair to compare operations like-for-like across the world) - Andrew is polite, professional, very knowledgeable of everything from diving to Barbados to the Caribbean generally and from a lady's point of view, quite a gent! They don't have a shop but an unit which holds kit securely and obviously acts as a classroom for qualifications; the boat, while small, is well kept and tidy. Max we had was 6 divers, which makes for a good sized group while actually diving, and as most sites are 10 - 15 mins away you're not on it for long. There is no problem bringing a towel and sunscreen onboard. Andrew is meticulous about looking after kit and he will ensure all of your own kit is washed out properly daily and before you leave. Supposedly the waters around Barbados is saltier and hence they will weight you slightly heavier on the first dive just in case.

The diving is lovely lazy diving, although the Stav at 30m is lovely deeper dive. The 5 wrecks in the marine park is a fab dive although this time there were lots of snorkellers but that made it a little more fun watching them from below! The surface interval can also be spent feeding and having close encounters with turtles. My partner and I both enjoy underwater photography and Andrew is very knowledgeable and helpful on getting the shots. As a photographer himself, he also dives quite slowly to enable us to catch up. He does give a detailed briefing so if you do veer off, you know what you're doing. If its a dive where you need to stick with him, he will tell you.

Thank tuckers77
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