I went on the 90 minute extreme rib adventure for 2 booked through Virgin Experiences bought for me as a birthday present. The Ocean Village Southampton where the experience begins has changed a lot from how I remembered it and all for the better although at present it is very much a building site with a few bars and restaurants waterside. The arrangement was that you would be met in the Pitcher and Piano by a member of staff wearing company branded T shirts. We arrived 1 hour prior to the experience and had lunch inside the pub and kept look out for any sign of this person. We had fun guesssing which, if any, of the other bar customers may be taking part in the Rib adventure. I was certain that the host would make his presence known but with under 15 minutes till the booked time I asked the waitress if she knew if any of the people in the bar were from Seadogz, she told us that he was sitting outside in the sunshine, it would not have been clear to anybody immediately that he worked for Seadogz although when I saw him waiting for the next trip he held a clipboard which made him easier to recognise. We were told that they had already left a message on our voicemail warning us to turn up or miss out which I retrieved after the adventure and that was pretty much the tone of the voicemail. We were escorted to a company van a 5 minute walk away close to the pontoon where the boat was waiting where we were given a safety briefing, which is very important but felt that it raised our expectations of a truly extreme adventure which were then dashed due to a calm sea. From the literature supplied I was expecting to get a close up view of the big ocean liners but that wasn't part of the tour although we could see Queen Mary 2 on the other side of the waterside developments. The Seadogz theme tune was blasted out of the sound system followed by James Bond etc and it was fun, there was very little commentary from the skipper except when we stopped for a quick orientation talk and staged photographs - This would have been better with a skipper and host which we had on the Poole Sea Safari the following day. Skipper tried his hardest to get behind ferries that were creating some movement in the calm sea and this was great fun and passengers on the ferry certainly enjoyed watching us ride the waves. We then were told that we were going to do a figure of eight and then an emergency stop and this was very exciting and I was looking forward to catching some more waves from the ferries after but I soon realised that we were already heading back to the marina after only 30 minutes out on the real sea, speed then drops to 6 knots and this seemed much slower than when we came out, maybe due to the speed we had just enjoyed or maybe because skipper was filling time? We got back to the pontoon 75 minutes after the safety briefing started, another picture was taken of the group out of the boat and our experience was over. We both enjoyed every minute of it and felt the boat was of a very high spec, be warned your inside leg may remind you of your adventure for the next day or two as you are instructed to use your legs to keep yourself upright. The improvements that we felt could be made would be regarding the arrangements of where to meet at the Pitcher and Piano and more honesty regards time on boat - I expected 75 minutes on the boat and 15 minutes briefing ( The 90 minute RIB adventure we had in Poole the following day was a full 90 minutes on the water ) I would definitely do it again but possibly by hiring the boat so the adventure can be created to our specifications.
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