Very unimpressed. Being a reasonably experienced leisure diver with around 50 dives under my belt this was, without doubt the worst diving experience in have had from the dozen odd companies that I have dived with across the world, including two other dive schools on Koh Tao.
Bad points - The boat is VERY poor. We went for a full days diving when the day got to about 35 degrees at its hottest. No sunshade on the boat, no seats on the sun deck with about 20 people on the deck which probably had space for at the top edge 12. To tables to eat at. No boat briefing to explain where to smoke, eat, where drinks are etc. No explanation of who is staff. Ordinarily this might not be a problem but DJL seems to attract early 20's Dive Master trainees and its very unclear whether they are staff or customers. All of them in the same T Shirts that the actual Dive Masters are in with different ones giving customers differing advice. Felt like the punters on the day trip were an inconvenience for the DMT's who were loud, annoying and played hilarious games that required other customers having to move even though they were comfortable. Staff/DMTs eating before customers and leading to one customer having only rice for lunch. Drinking water was warm, cups were left unwashed all day which in the heat was very unhygienic. Were due to go to three dive sites, the third of which was almost barren of marine life less what was contained within fisherman's nets. This meant that we ended up at a fourth dive site, exclusively for the DMTs to get another dive in for their log books and we got back around two hours late. I was overweighted and my repeated requests for a buoyancy check with one of my Dive Masters was pretty much ignored, in spite of the tongue lashing I got for struggling with buoyancy (When diving with another company my DM insisted on checking buoyancy first and I found out that I was about 3Kgs over weight) Finally, the head of the company broke the number one rule of diving by jumping off the boat on his own to check out a dive site. This in front of Open Water and Advanced Open Water trainees who have just been taught the first lesson. The DMTs predictably thought this was hilarious and a great example to set!
Good points - One of the Dive Masters that led me was excellent. A very calm and calming man to dive with and because of this we saw plenty. The food was better than most. The dive sites were good.
Summary - There is a reason these guys are cheaper than most. Spend the extra couple of hundred baht (which is the price of a coffee in Starbucks) and go somewhere else.
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