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Antigua's terrible scuba diving safety standards...

Mag - Half-day scuba course / Doctor
July 19, 2008 at 17:19:46

In April 2005 I had first-hand experience of the terrible standards for safety for scuba diving at Cades reef, Antigua, run from Club Colonna:  one instructor leading five novices, that had half a day of instruction, thrown into choppy waters. The current was strong, the water was so agitated that the visibility was limited to one foot. I felt sick, I was wretching. I asked to surface but the instructor was reluctant,as there were so many people to gather up. I signalled again and I started to vomit, regulator between my teeth, at 30 feet.

To this day, I remember the long way up. I was lulling in the swell for a while after surfacing because the instrutor had to go and see if everybody managed to surface. By that time the swell was so bad we could hardly make it on the boat. There was never any concern shown, or any apology for taking so many inexperienced people out on a day when no scuba diving should have been done! (never mind diving at Cades Bay, where there are strong currents).

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