Sardin Run 2009 - Bad experience with Scuba Addicts dive organization in South Africa
- Le sam 29 aoû 2009 à 09:07
- Afrique du Sud
Very bad experience with Scuba Addicts Diving Adventures during the 2009 Sardin Run in Port St Johns. Due to bad weather conditions, we could not launch to sea during our first 5 days out of 6. In Port St Johns, there is no alternative to bad weather and waves are blocking the entrance of the river out to the sea as soon as the strong winds come from South West... which are dominant in June-July. Mother nature presents some risk that we all need to accept and to take responsibility for. As clients, we take on to pay our air plane and accommodations even though we couldn’t dive. However, Scuba Addicts made no reimbursement for the dives that could not be organized by them, even though they made no use of their boats, of the diving equipment, of the dive guides… no petrol used, no tanks refilled… but the guys keep all the money for themselves and don’t offer you any other alternative. As we tried to talk to them while we were there, Scuba Addicts eluded the question and refused to talk longer to us. He also offered no alternatives when we couldn’t dive. Back home, we tried to solve the problem with our tour operator: Scuba Addicts stopped answering their mails and telephone calls!! All Scuba Addicts proposed is 30% refund on a next sardin run! How insulting!! We missed 80% of our dives and they offer 30% refund and, on top of that, we have to wait until next year to be refunded, taking the risk again of 2 or 3 days without being able to dive again!! And all the benefits go into Scuba Addicts pockets!! Everybody should know that bad weather conditions happen very regularly out there at this period of the year. Even if Scuba Addicts don’t admit it, lots of aticles on the Internet testify to it and people in Port St Johns also tell you so. I strongly advise against Scuba Addicts for Sardin Run adventures. These guys are dishonest, not fair and put all the financial risk on their clients! Avoid Scuba Addicts!
Le dim 25 oct 2009 à 19:30
as I'm willing to plan a divetrip in SA, just trying to meet the elusive whale shark and / or go for the classic tourist trip, cage diving on the tip of South Africa (Mosselbaai ?), to introduce me to the great white..
I know those animals are not likely to be seen at the same periods of the year, and I also heard about the sardin run, thus I have to make my decision. I'm aware that a sardin run is not always a success, due to weather conditions, relying on the organisation of the company taht runs the fleet, and so on, but so far, I've never had any report of such a bad experience such as yours.. Nonetheless, I shall go there to dive both east and west coasts, probably at two different periods, and if I decide to go for a S. Run, I shall take into consideration your advice and let you know how it works for me.
' Wish you the best for the next dive trip : )