from 3 reviews
PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Dive Resort
3rd December 2011 by 1029ruatanstreet
Use caution with this outfit
Visit Date: November 2011
Been diving since 1984, so I have a little experience in the water. Off a cruise ship last week for two dive. At the shop was told only 12 divers plus crew, not true 16 plus . of 4. Boat very small & exhaust cover the back of boat. 8 divers & Tony was our DM.
No real instruction from Tony on depth, name of wreck & how to get back on boat & never mentioned currents. Waves were about four feet & current pretty strong. Three divers went back to boat about 15 minutes into dive & swam over 100 yards on surface. Then Tony got lost & had a problem finding our boat. When the DM gets looking up not a good sign. The five of us were down to 200PSI. Next was suppose to be drift dive, Tony made more turns & was confused again.
Management Response from Scuba Fun Dive Center:
We are sorry that you didn't enjoy your dive with us, but I must explain a few things : The "very small dive boat" is a 33 ft custom dive boat registered for 20 divers plus crew. We dive in groups of 6 divers max + 1 crew. Because 1 of the diver was a Divemaster, 1 of the group was 6 divers plus the dive instructor, and the DM, the other group was 6 + the instructor. There is also a boat captain : 8 + 7 + 1, that makes 16 people on board.
Yes you have exhaust but it "does not cover the back of the boat, it is not a sailboat but a motor boat. 3 divers decided to leave the group and to come back before the end of the dive, as they didn't use the line, they came up far away from the boat and they had to dive.
When a boat is on a mooring line, it is safer to use the line to go up. As yourself say, it was a wreck dive, I don't think Tony got lost on the wreck, and you all went back on the mooring line.
The second dive was a drift dive, because all the other dive spots were used (, as per the "St-Maarten Marine Park" it is forbidden to anchor on any dive spot to avoid any damage on the bottom, we actually just followed to local regulation and decided to do a drift dive, because there was no mooring available).
20th February 2011 by Allistoy
Visit Date: January 2011
We had the pleasure of spending 10 days of enjoyable diving with this very professional group. The crew was very attentive and helpful without interfering with our dives. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a class operation.
11th May 2009 by RalphvdH
Professional PADI dive center with a good crew :)
Visit Date: September 2008
I've done my PADI Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Rescue, EFR and Divemaster at Scuba Fun. Nice people, professional instructors. I'd recommend anyone to dive with them, even paid my girlfriend's OW course at Scuba Fun as well.
Divesites are just as good, some nice wreckage and reefs.
I'd recommend going here, coming back for a visit myself as well.
(everything rated 5/5, only bad experiences I've had were due to hurricane Omar passing past Saint Martin)