OK, so I'm probably just starting to get paranoid, but someone on a scuba message board said that Amigos Del Mar has had many people get DCS (the bends) after diving with them. That person might just be stirring up trouble (sound familiar?) but is there any way to check on the safety record of the different dive ops? I have a brand new Open Water Certification and my friend will be taking a resort course, so we need competent babysitters! Thanks, MamaLiz
Just replying to the message about Amigos divers being unsafe. Whomever posted that message obviously does not have a clue as to who we are. The people who do know us can verify that we have the best safety record of any dive shop on the island. We have been in service going on 9 years. If anyone has questions about our service please feel free to e-mail us at email@example.com.
The message you read was probably in response to one I posted on Rodale's message board. My husband had a problem a couple of weeks ago in Ambergris, and we were extremely impressed by the professionalism and caring of the Amigos del Mar staff. I researched who to dive with extensively before we went, and they came up first choice everywhere I looked. You can't go wrong with them.
Thanks everyone... I didn't want to make Amigos Del Mar look bad; I have heard so many wonderful things about them. Then this bozo started to stir things up. I wasn't really worried, but it just got me wondering if there was a way to check on a dive operator's record, ANY dive operator. After all of the glowing reports, I am looking forward to diving with Amigos Del Mar and bragging about the experience later.
No dive shop should say that they have the "best safety record on the island," especially without statistical evidence. Actually, no-one except the local Hyperbaric Chamber is keeping statistics and those are confidential.. However, Amigos Del Mar, like just about every other serious dive shop on Ambergris Caye, has a good safety record. Potential diving guests of Ambergris Caye should be aware that no matter which of the better known established dive shops they dive with they will be subject to high standards of safety and supervision.