I'm not used to large diving companies or groups, having about 30 dives completed with most of them from liveaboard / small island / remote locations.
Initially was a bit overbearing, but got used to that and the style for which you operated. I think to be young, single and out to party and meet loads of people is a perfect setup. For me a bit older and past that pat of my life, it was still good in all.
Generally speaking everything was good, the diving, the sites, the groups I was paired off with, the DM's and staff overall were great,making the trip more enjoyable, instructor for Rescue dive also very good and more thorough than I first imagined (though I think I should have failed the final OR at least tried to do one more time for both rescues from bottom and surface!).
Booking the trip initially was very helpful and I went with big blue due to the feedback from - Wibeke I think it was, shame I didn't get to meet here however.
The dive gear shop as well was pretty good, and prices compare well to anywhere else. Maybe should promote that some more as only the one guy mentioned it to me or I wouldn't have known.
– I did hear that you guys team up with some of the Similan island dive co's - that to me is interesting in terms of being able to refer people and have some kind of a deal between the two. As my next trip I want is a liveaboard in Similan for the next season ,but again I have no idea where to start looking.
Any other comments :
1. Your new DMT's were sometimes quite annoying. Having even less dives than me and did a lot of less than desirable things on the boat and diving. getting in the way, bumping into you, swimming above you, kicking up the bottom, etc etc.
2. When we first arrived it was a bit of a factory process, wait here, sign this, sign that etc etc. After a half a days travel it's nice to think can just check in to hotel and relax a bit and then do all the diving guff. Then after that we had to carry all our gear from big blue 1 to 2 still exhausted and no idea where we were going... Then unfortunately the girl at the counter at BB2 was totally rude, unhelpful, dismissive and needed a good clip on the ears... anyway that was more about first impressions.
3. The First aid course was pretty lax, many things the instructor didn't clearly know or not mentioned at all. I already did the course 5 years ago so knew what to expect and really, if I had never done first aid before, then very little of that course would have helped.
4. I know early mornings are rough, but I love to get up and out first thing - I guess you have to accommodate for all though.
5. Oh yeah - it was songkran party so i know out of the usual, but it would be great to see an effort put in to raise some awareness about cleaning up the beach, as most mornings I'd walk the beach and find loads of rubbish floating off into the ocean... Not cool at all and keep our dive sites beautiful right.
Surely there's a bunch of other stuff i can comment on helpful or not, but that's the most that comes to mind.
hope something here is helpful. Cheers.