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Diving in Greece bad experience

Discussion in 'Central and Eastern Europe' started by medoctopus, Sep 17, 2013.

  1. scoufr

    scoufr Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: London
    MedOcto, why don't you include some more information about this sad situation: when, where etc? I've been diving in Greece for a few years on a very regular basis, and our experience has been only very positive: excellent dive centre, absolutely top notch equipment and focus on security, and as far as I am aware no problem what so ever with the authorities. My point being: I'm not saying you had a bad experience, but quite sad to see how one post without much detail is immediately followed-up by others with generalisations and assumptions which, IMHO, reflect the actual situation for divers in Greece very poorly.

    Happy to share more info with anyone - just drop a message.
  2. ercingokce

    ercingokce Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: izmir,turkey
    One incident does not make all the country bad. I have been diving almost 20 years now. I am Turkish and I have never seen Turkish coast guard around me. The rules are as same as Greece because of the Ottoman Shipwrecks and other antic goods so of course the government wants to keep them.
  3. String

    String Master Instructor

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Grand Cayman
    I worked in Greece for a few years. The corruption there is a big issue, more so for companies that try to be legit because they don't massage the egos and wallets of the coastguard and local police. The smaller the island the worse it is generally.
    Coastguard interference doesn't really have any bearing on how good or bad the actual operator is.

    Other rules (not sure if that still exists) like several thousand euro fines for PHOTOGRAPHING underwater amphora and so on caused big headaches too.
  4. messenone

    messenone Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Limassol, CYPRUS
    Well said!
    Bottom Surveyor likes this.
  5. Jerome_Smeets

    Jerome_Smeets Angel Fish

    # of Dives:
    Location: Belgium / Crete (Greece)
  6. String

    String Master Instructor

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Grand Cayman
    The law is one thing. The local "laws" as enforced by an inherently corrupt police and coastguard can sometimes differ substantially.
  7. wetb4igetinthewater

    wetb4igetinthewater Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Seattle
    True. But being half-Greek, speaking the language and having family there, I know just to make jokes and light of the situation. No need to escalate the situation. But that applies to most places.

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