I recently took a group of 9 divers to dive with Euro DIvers found them to be a very poor outfit.
First impressions were of a well set-up outfit with great shops front, a good boat and good, serviceable equipment.
This all changed when we actually set off for the dive site. The skipper arrived 15 minutes late (even the dive guide commented on this) and with no checks of his boat, hellos to the divers or an apology we set sail for a 75 minute transit over to the Daymaniyat Islands, after 1 hour 45 minutes the dive guide asked 'does anyone have a compass'?
I questioned the skipper and the dive guide as to why we had set out with no compass and no GPS but the skippers only reply was that 'the water was choppy'! Anyone who has dived the Daymaniyat Islands knows that they are reasonably easy to see from a distance away however we had no land whatsoever in site. We then proceeded to search for a further 30 minutes after which the dive guide announced that we would have to return to the marina and dive a local reef. We (the dive party) had a GPS with us and I asked the skipper to get comms with the dive centre and get marks for the islands so that we could use our GPS to get us there. I was informed that this was not possible as we had no mobile phone coverage, no satphone and no SW radio either!
We refused to go back as we had all driven 6 hours to get to this area. We demanded that we head over to the only boat in site to 'ask for directions'. This we did and managed to get a GPS mark from the fishing boat skipper so we managed to eventually find the islands and do some diving.
At all times through this the dive guide was very quiet, appearing to defer to the skipper who was rude and very unprofessional.
Our boat of divers were predominately instructors from the UAE carrying out visits to the area with a view to returning with other groups to dive the excellent sites around Muscat. We all know what are safe diving practices and the perils of ignoring them and also are painfully aware of how quickly the weather can change and become a hazard.
I dread to think what would happen over the dive site if there was a problem. We were on a boat with no working method of communication and no form of navigation. If there was an incident we could not alert the authorities and even if we did we would not be able to tell them the location anyway!
My advice (after 25 years of diving) - avoid this bunch of cowboys and use one of the other excellent dive centres which service this area!
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