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PADI Dive Center
Fihalhohi Island Resort
South Male Atoll
|28th December 2012||Padi dive centre at FIHALHOHI island resort in South Male. Replaced Ocean Venture Diving||No|
|19th September 2012||Gute neue Tauchschule||No|
|3rd September 2012||New Management, New Services, New Equipment||No|
|31st August 2012||BEST DIVES EVER||No|
|16th June 2012||Old island experience with a new dive school||No|
28th December 2012 by h2omaiden
Padi dive centre at FIHALHOHI island resort in South Male. Replaced Ocean Venture Diving
Visit Date: December 2012
Hi - I have read the latest reviews for Aeolus Dives and have tried to contact Julien today (28th November 2012) bothe email addresses rejected :-( Anyone got any new contact details?
Try - firstname.lastname@example.org
19th September 2012 by Gunivere
Gute neue Tauchschule
Visit Date: September 2012
English translation follows the original
Da ich mir vor meinen Ferien unnötig Sorgen gemacht habe wegen der angeblich so schlechten Tauchbasis werde ich in meiner Bewertung vor allem über die Tauchbasis schreiben.
Der Rest der Insel ist wie eh und je und die Getränkepreise sind auch nicht so dramatisch gestiegen (oder wieder gesenkt worden) wie von vielen beschrieben. 3.50 Dollar für 1.5 lt. Wasser und 10 Dollar für die meisten Cocktails + 16% Steuern und Service Charge, ist für die Malediven leider normal!
Nun zu der Tauchschule Aeolus Dive Fihalhohi:
Ich war nicht das erste Mal auf Fihalhohi (bin also auch mit der „alten Basis“ getaucht) und auch sonst schon an vielen Orten … Ich kann euch versichern, alle Gerüchte die im Internet über die neue Tauchbasis kursieren sind schlicht und einfach falsch (und nein ich bin für diese Bewertung nicht bestochen worden)!
Es sind momentan mehrere qualifizierte Tauchlehrer vor Ort: Ein Schweizer, eine Französin, ein Franzose (Julien, Basisleiter) und ein Ägypter. Somit sind sie sprachlich schon sehr gut abgedeckt (englisch, französisch, deutsch, schweizerdeutsch, arabisch). Dann hat es zusätzlich noch 2 maledivische Tauchguides (sprechen beide auch englisch) die alle Tauchplätze extrem gut kennen. Und natürlich der „Besitzer“ der Tauchschule, mit dem man aber nichts zu tun hat (das ist der Typ von der Surfschule der zur Management-Familie gehört).
Julien ist der Basisleiter und macht seinen Job sehr gut! Wir hatten am Anfang auch gewisse Differenzen mit einem der Tauchlehrer, diese kann man aber einfach und konstruktiv lösen in dem man die Probleme direkt anspricht!
Es sind nach wie vor 2 Tauchboote vorhanden (das eine momentan in der Werft) mit derselben Crew wie bisher.
Es wird wie üblich ein Checktauchgang gemacht (wie üblich mit Brille abziehen, Oktopus Atmung usw.). Die Briefings vor den Tauchgängen sind immer mehrsprachig und mit Umgebungsplan. Notfallsauerstoff und Apotheke sind auf den Booten vorhanden. Sicherheitstechnisch ist die Basis eher konservativ eingestellt auch, was alleine Tauchen angeht, und alle angestellten Tauchlehrer arbeiten auch nicht erst seit gestern in ihrem Job! Das Mietmaterial ist alles sehr neu und in gutem Zustand. Preisliste kann per Email angefordert werden, da die Homepage erst in Arbeit ist: email@example.com
Kurz gesagt: Eine super Basis, die auf dem besten Weg ist. Leute, sprecht Kritik oder Probleme direkt an, falls es welche gibt und ihr werdet eine gute Zeit mit super Tauchgängen haben! Die extrem negative Kritik, die man überall lesen kann, kann ich mir eigentlich nur damit erklären, dass es für eine Basis extrem schwierig ist, neu zu beginnen, wenn die Messlatte von der letzten Basis so hoch gelegt wurde.
Ich würde jederzeit wieder gehen und viele „Wiederholungstäter“ die ich au Fiha angetroffen habe, haben mir das ebenfalls bestätigt.
As I booked my holiday before the allegedly bad dive, I'll write my review, on the dive centre.
The rest of the island is as ever, and the drink prices have not increased so dramatically (or been lowered again) as described by many. 3:50 dollars for 1.5 liters of water and $10 for most cocktails + 16% tax and service charge is, unfortunately, normal for the Maldives!
Now to the diving school Dive Fihalhohi Aeolus:
It was (have also dived with the "old dive centre") not the first time on Fihalhohi and I have traveled to many places ... I can assure you, all the rumours that are circulating on the internet about the new diving center are just plain wrong (and I have not been bribed for this review)!
There are currently several qualified instructors on site: a Swiss, a French woman, a Frenchman (Julien, base manager) and an Egyptian. Thus, they are linguistically already very well covered (English, French, German, Swiss German, Arabic). It has additionally, 2 Maldivian dive guides (both speak English) who know all the dive sites extremely well. And of course, the "owner" of the dive school, with whom one has nothing to do with (that's the guy from the surf school).
Julien is the dive centre manager and does his job very well! At the beginning, we had certain differences with the instructor, but this was easily solved
There are still 2 dive boats that are available (one currently in the shipyard). The crew is the same as before
As usual, we made a check dive (as usual remove mask, octopus breathing, etc.). The briefings before the dives are always multilingual with an environmental plan. Emergency oxygen and medical supplies are available on the boats. Technically, the dive shop security is set too conservatively when it comes to diving alone. The rental equipment is all very new and in good condition. A price list can be requested by email, as the website is only under construction.
In short: a great dive centre that is on its way. People should refer, criticism or problems directly and you will have a good time with great dives here! The extremely negative criticism, which you can read everywhere, can really only be explained in that it is extremely difficult for a dive centre to start again when the bar of the last dive centre was set so high.
3rd September 2012 by julienscuba
New Management, New Services, New Equipment
Visit Date: August 2012
Dear Diver Community,
Welcome to Aeolus Dive, Fihalhohi Resort.
I am Julien Lartigue, the new Base Leader at Aeolus Dive since the beginning of August. Many of you like to know more about our dive operation. As well, I am concerned about those bad comments but we have already changed many things during the last two weeks and we are still improving the quality of our services.
First thing is, we got hand over the dive center 01/05/2012 and just we start our operation as the last dive centre use to. We did not change any Price and we still accept the discount voucher from the previous dive center.
The Dive center is open from 8h00 to 17h30 and from 19h00 to 20h30 for the night dives.
Since we have been the operating center, we like to provide an excellent service. All our dive equipments and our compressor are brand new. We give a personal box for our divers to store their equipment and hangers for BCD or wet suit are present too, we really take care of your dive equipment. Moreover, divers are getting water bottles free of charge.
In regards to those really “bad comment” that we can find around different dive forums, I’m concerned about the veracity of them. I understand some of you are disappointed because your friends had to leave the dive operation here in Fihalhohi but I don’t think you are helping the dive community with those unprofessional comments which don’t reflect the real quality of our new services. By the way when I ask personally to the divers who have previously dive here and now diving with us, they have nothing to complain about.
Our Boat Captain and his crew remain the same, they know everything about safety and they perfectly know about the dive spots.
Our Dive Masters, Itey and Mode, check current as usual before any dives. Both from Maldives, with more than 4000 logged dives each, they know perfectly what “Safety First” means. They take care of all the divers, and never lost any one; and we do not take inexperienced divers to Cocoa Thila or other technical dive sites.
Mohamed Sharaf Master Scuba Diver Trainer from Egypt, speaks Arabic, English and German with more than 13 years of experience in guiding and teaching diving. (Red Sea, Oman Ocean and Maldives).
Phillip et Isabelle, Swiss French Couple, both German Speaker and Italian conversant. After been diving around the world ( South East Asia, Philipines and along Central America) for the last 3 years, Maldives is now their Diving Home.
We are four Professional Dive Instructors, all with hundreds of students, and we will share with smile and pleasure our experience to help beginners to get better skills underwater and we love to spot tiny creatures with our experienced divers.
As I use to say “there is so many way to enjoy a dive, we will make sure to find yours”. We are really flexible and we don’t oblige you to book one day before.
The dive briefing can be conduct by native German and French speakers; Italian on request too.
I want to apologize that our web site is not updating, for the moment you can have a look on Fihalhohi Resort Face-Book Page.
Do not hesitate to contact us for any further questions or any clarifications.
firstname.lastname@example.org or at email@example.com
Best Regards and we are all looking forward to meet you here!!!
Greetings from Maldives!!!
AEOLUS DIVE TEAM
31st August 2012 by MelindaDnh
BEST DIVES EVER
Visit Date: August 2012
What a first week at Fihalhohi island, my mum, my bro and I have obtained the Open Water Dive certificate with our wonderful instructor Julien. We are so lucky to dive in a such marvelous place. Reefs are very impressive and so much life underwater to discover!
16th June 2012 by Jerwick
Old island experience with a new dive school
Visit Date: May 2012
This is my experience of the Aeolus Dive School. I have been to Fihalhohi before diving with Ocean Venture Diving. The resorts watersports centre has taken on the dive school after the management gave OVD notice that they were closing them in May 2012.
There were five staff comprised of a base leader, two instructors and two dive guides (3 locals, one from Austria the fifth from Egypt).
My first dive was on the house reef for the check dive. The instructor explained the plan for the check dive well. When we commenced the actual dive he turned left swimming into the sandy area away from the normal house reef dive which is to the right. After a short time we turned and commenced the house reef dive. When we reached the end of the house reef dive (which I recognised) he ascended (appearing to get his bearings) before he turned us around. Just prior to our dive I was present when he was asked for local currents conditions on the north of the island by other divers. He didn’t really answer the question.
My second dive was on the dive boat. There was only a handful of us. My companions spoke German with some English. The guide explained the dive in English asking us to buddy up and prepare, as the dive site was minutes away. We had no briefing on the operation of the dive boat. My buddy having only done 6 dives had never been on a dive boat before. Whilst gearing up, I tried to brief him on what he needed to know from what I could remember from 12 months ago when I last dived, even as we jumped in. I had to remind him to put his regulator in his mouth as he let the air out of his BCD to descend. Unfortunately his mask misted up straight away and after 25 min he was on 50 bar. Happily for me the guide buddied up with him for me so I could continue my dive with a couple who I then befriended.
At the dive school I took the time to read the information on their notice which said surface balloons were issued and were to be used. I never got one, I had my own anyway. I asked four other divers who said they knew nothing about this. It continued to say if you lost your buddy search for one minute then ascend.
On my forth dive again there was only a handful of us. My companions spoke German with some English. The briefing was again in English. On the dive after several minutes we came across a lost diver, his buddy was the guide. We were at about 15 -17m on a thila in light current with visibility of 15m. He stayed with us for 3-4 minutes before commencing his safety stop. Within 4 minutes we met the guide leading the other divers coming the other way. I did express my concerns on the surface that their own procedures re lost divers were not be followed.
Aeolus Dive School operate a dive boat in the morning and afternoon. The dives are displayed on a notice board which you put your name on for everybody to see. The morning trip leaves at 8.30 for a half day/two dive trip. Whilst I was there to dive the deep 'big fish/shark dives' Coca Thila or Guraidhoo channel you have to take the two dive trip. On the one occasion the morning trip was just the one dive which myself and my buddies intended to take. They cancelled it in favour of a request from divers who wanted to dive Coca Thila on the two dive trip. There were already several names down for the morning single dive, which they put a black cross through. I found this disrespectful to those divers.
On my sixth dive with other German divers, the briefing was in English. I struggled to understand all what he said. My German buddy didn’t understand, so he told me he would just follow me. The guide did the current check. The dive was on a outer/inner channel starting in the north swimming south then turning east into the second inner channel. On the dive I was leading on the corner when the guide stopped us, indicated current and turned us around to swim back the way we’d come for the last 20 minutes. On the surface I queried why he didn’t mention the current coming west out of the inner channel after he’d checked the current. I was in front and hadn’t experienced it when he turned us around. And why we didn’t start the dive further north or even on the corner and swim north.
I have dived both with and without a guide. In general they didn’t add anything swimming for example on a site with caves/overhangs at between 7 to 20m they may swim at 15m with no torch and don’t explore or take you to any features. I found I was keeping an eye on them as they swam off whilst we explored the dive sites. I’ve seen them picking their nails and stretching as if bored whilst leading us.
On my eighth dive the briefing was in German. I had to identify myself as being English and request I was briefed in English.
The equipment they hire is new. In the equipment/drying room they were removing all the hangers for the BCD and regulators. I was told to place all my equipment in a plastic crate the weight belt, regulators, BCD (deflated), fins etc… I did express my concern that after six months of being stored wet in a confined space, with heavy equipment on it this may have an detrimental effect on the hire equipment.
The dive school is open from 8.00 till 6.00 and is under PADI. They have nitrox and will take a minimum of two divers on the dive trips.