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“Enjoyable couple of days diving.”

Scuba Steve's Diving Ltd.
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: British owned and operated PADI Five Star Dive Centre established in 2006 and delivering high levels of Customer service. Situated five minutes from most Hotels in the Rodney Bay area and offering free pick up/drop off each day in our own air conditioned mini bus or by Dive Boat. We offer daily guided dives for certified divers, snorkeling and PADI Certification courses for beginners and certified divers. We operate two well equipped custom dive boats that get you to the best dive sites in St Lucia quickly and comfortably.Our team are highly qualified, safety conscious and above all fun to be around. Call or email to arrange some of the best diving and snorkeling the Caribbean has to offer. Let us help you to enjoy "Simply Beautiful St Lucia"
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Reviewed 6 April 2018

This was our first visit to St Lucia so we were not sure what to expect. We contacted Steve via email and received prompt replies. Initially I requested to dive the Northern dive sites but Steve advised that this is not possible during March due to the seas being rough which also causes reduced visibility. When we went across to Pigeon Island we went up to Fort Rodney where you can see where the Northern Dive sites are it did indeed look very rough so good call.

So we booked two days diving heading down to the Marine reserve. First day Steve collected us with our gear from the hotel with our gear, after that the boat dropped us off at the inlet in to the marina next to the Happy day Bar as this was next to our hotel. Very convenient.

Check in process was easy, paperwork done then hop on to the boat which is at the private pier at the dive shop. Again very convenient.

We were on a different boat each day with the same guides but a different skipper. Both boats were in first class condition and both skippers were very good. The 40 minute ride down the coast is great as you get to see a lot of bits of the island you would not otherwise see. First day we called in to one of the bays to pick up a couple of divers who were staying there, and the next day the same with the addition of calling in to the pier next to the cruise ship terminal.

The dive guides were great, once they saw we were good in the water and on air (we both have several hundred dives) they were able to focus on the less experienced divers in the group which is better all round.

We did 4 different sites Keyhole Pinnacles, Turtle Reef, Fairylands and Superman's Flight. All dives were enjoyable but Superman's Flight was a fantastic drift right at the foot of the Pitons, great scenery above and below the water.

Dives are to a max depth of 18m which is fine as most marine life is seen in the top 18m of water anyway. Dive times were about 45-50 minutes with about 45-50 minute surface interval. Between dives you get fruit juice, a snack and some fruit which was great as you do not get back to Rodney Bay until just after lunch.

After the first day we were dropped off at the dock near our hotel and the guides took our gear and rinsed it, stored it at the dive centre and loaded it the next morning so when the boat picked us up at the dock all our gear was already on the boat, great. At the end of the second day we again got dropped at the dock near our hotel but we took our gear with us as the hotel was only about 50m away.

All in all we were happy with our couple of days diving. Booking process was easy, the dive centre is good and clean, the boats are in great condition and have two powerful outboards (the one we went on the second day can get up to 40 knots). Boat skippers and guides were first class and made both days very enjoyable.

If we get the chance to get back to St Lucia I would be happy to dive with them again.

4  Thank Marksweaver
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Reviewed 5 April 2018

There are some positives and some things that were out of Steve's control, so let me start with that. The positives: pickup from St James on time, and Neil, one of the guides, was very kind and supportive, as I am not a diver, I am not a great swimmer, and I just wanted to snorkel a bit. Neil stayed with me, and helped me along. Thank you! What was out of human control was the weather - it was stormy, a rough sea, and the 40 min boat ride each way to the diving/snorkeling spots and back were not pleasant in the least. The low point, though, came at the end of the trip - the waves were big, the boat dropped us off about 15 meters from the shore, we had to swim back, and they threw our bags and personal belonging in the hope we would catch them, while in the water. Shirts and other items ended up in the water. The right thing to do would have been to get off with us, bring our items up to the beach, make sure we were on land safely, given the strong currents and waves.I do not recommend this company.

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ScubaStevesDiving, Owner at Scuba Steve's Diving Ltd., responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2018

I am sorry that did not have an enjoyable snorkeling experience. It's a shame that you did not call us and let know immediately afterwards as this would have given us the opportunity to address your disappointment.

At the time that you came snorkeling we were experiencing some very rough seas and unusual weather. There was a trough in the Atlantic Ocean that was affecting the whole of the Caribbean and this is the first time that we have ever seen conditions like it (big waves and extremely rough seas). We had cancelled a tour 1 day that week due to the weather but on the day that you were with us the conditions had improved quite a lot. What we didn't realise until we arrived at your hotel beach by boat was that there were still a lot of wave action there. If we had known in advanced we could have picked you up by vehicle rather than by boat.

You are absolutely right the staff should made sure that reached land safely along with your belongings. We have spoken to staff about this in the hopes that this won't happen again.

If you come back to St. Lucia please come back to us again and give us the opportunity to put this right.

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Reviewed 3 April 2018

We went to Scuba Steve's shop in Rodney Bay to ask about diving later that week; what their schedule was like, where they would be diving etc. We were met by a nice English lady, who tried her best to talk us through the spaces they had for the week and the dive sites they were visiting. I say tried her best because she was continuously barked at by "Steve" sitting in the next room; who argued with her, shouted at her and interrupted anything she was trying to say. We tried to involve him by calling out "Hi, is that Steve?" but he didn't come in, just kept shouting from the other room, at one point so loudly, the three of us jumped. Needless to say, we walked out and did not go back.

We are dive professionals who have traveled the world diving and I have never experienced anything quite like that. Dive shops should be engaging, friendly and diver focused. First impressions are everything!

Steve - please don't bother sending us an angry reply like you have to others; you didn't meet us, didn't get out of your chair and obviously didn't care what opinion you would give us.

3  Thank Oglet25
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ScubaStevesDiving, Owner at Scuba Steve's Diving Ltd., responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2018

I think that it is a sad reflection on our society that any moron with access to the Internet and a keyboard is able to write whatever they wish and post it on websites such as Trip Advisor or Social Media without any fear or consequence because they are able to remain anonymous by hiding behind a screen name. It's easy to be brave when nobody can see your true identity!

I think most people reading this post (and my reply), will have heard too many times about loathsome individuals persecuting people (and businesses) by writing fiction on the Internet, this is most disgusting when it concerns kids at school who on occasion have committed suicide as a result of this type of activity.

I think it is high time that our society takes a stand to make people that post untruths about others on the internet face the consequences of their actions in a very public manner.

I have no idea who you are and absolutely no recollection of the events that you have written about. Furthermore, I seriously doubt that if we exhibited the behaviour described above, that we would continue to be the most successful independent Dive Centre on St Lucia and still be in business after 12 years.

To conclude; telling me not to send an angry reply because we did not meet, .... really, .....you think it is OK for you to write lies about me and then seriously expect me not to reply? I have to wonder, which asylum did you recently escape from????

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Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

This is the second time we have dived with them and both were great. Party of 8 (4 adults and 4 teens) reserved private boat with captain and 2 divemasters. Had all equipment on boat for us and picked us up on pier right off cruise ship. Excellent safety briefings and explanation of dives. They were able to accommodate the different needs of our two family groups and chose sites best suited for conditions of the day. Served juice and roti between dives and told us about the island in our boat ride. Would definitely use them again and highly recommend to anyone!

2  Thank Mary Lou H
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Reviewed 30 March 2018

Had two great dives when we pulled in to St Lucia. Awesome crew, very professional and knowledgeable.
Would recommend to any divers wanting a good dive trip.

2  Thank Ryan G
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