Went to Grenada on Oct 7-17 and loved the island, off season was great. Had the island to ourselves, (wife and myself). Ate at seven or eight different restaurants, all were wonderful. Thats the good, now the bad. My wife doesn't dive so I was the only one diving. Which in all fairness may be the reason I got less than stellar service. I signed up to dive five days and left it open to dive more. I usually dive every day but the price ($104.50) was too much for that. When I showed up the first day, the owner said we would be taking the small boat out, very understandable, under the circumstances. The boat was not set up for diving and with a center console was rather cramped with fins on, but we made do. To clarify, I often dive cozumel and mahahaul out of pangas, so I'm used to small boats and back-rolls. We took a very short boat ride out to a wreck just outside the St. Georges' harbor. The divemaster splashed first to tie off the boat, and told me to get ready. As soon as he surfaced he started telling me to hurry up because there was a turtle on the wreck. I guess his intentions were good, but most divers I know do not want to be rushed, and I knew that chances were, the turtle would be gone by the time I got in anyway. Plus having more than one thousand dives, I've seen plenty of turtles, not that I wouldn't like to see more, but it's not the end of the world if I miss this one. So now we are in the water, vis is 30'-35' at best, not anyone's fault but going out a little farther might have improved the clarity. It was the end of rainy season, not much anyone can do about that. After 45 minutes divemaster signed to surface, I still had half a tank, but I quess that was it. During the SI I asked if it was policy to end dives with so much air left, and was told " We dive these sites all the time, after 40 minutes we get bored". I was shocked, I am a divemaster and have led many dives as well as been led on many more and have never heard of telling a diver that I found the dive "boring" (even when some are). So now we have a SI of about twenty minutes and the divemaster tells me to get ready. We had moved the boat to a sandy patch in about 35' of water and the divemaster throws out an anchor with about 50' of rope on it. All I could think was "good luck". Now the divemaster and the boat driver ( I refuse to call him a captain) are switching jobs, which is fine with me. We hit the water and the first thing I see is the anchor has dragged all the way across the sand patch, and has lodged in some of the reef, and is tearing the reef apart. This "divemaster" ignores the problem and swims off. This guy wasn't even a real diver let alone a divemaster, I realize people have to get experience, but not like this. His fins were constantly on the bottom or kicking the reef as he swam at a heads-up 45 degree angle. I admit, I am a very slow mover, and the first divemaster told him that, but the only way I could keep track of this guy was by the cloud of silt he had kicked up. No fish at all, very little to see, so after 45 minutes when he said surface I was more than ready. By now the anchor had torn up a strip of the reef (soft coral and sponges) about 80-100' long. Needless to say, I will be looking to dive with someone else next year when I do go back. Yes, go back, the island itself is that nice, friendly people, great food, beautiful beach, and oh yea, Carriacou, which is a short, and very enjoyable, ferry ride, is supposed to have better diving, so I'll try at least once more.
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