> Unfortunately, it doesn't seem that "unlimited" should be taken
>literally at a lot of dive operations. When I stayed at Sunset House a
>few years ago, they pulled their ladder out of the water one evening when
>rough weather was expected, & seemed to always have it out of the water
>by Midnight. Also, if you wanted to do a shore dive during the
>evening/night/early morning, you have to get your tank(s) before their
>dive shop closed, which was around 5:30 in the evening, & you weren't
>supposed to take more than one tank per person.
> So yes, Sunset Reef is decent, but at least when I was there,
>Sunset Divers had some limitations on their 'unlimited' shore diving.
Surely you don't expect anyone to take "unlimited" literally when it comes
to diving. The only divers who do "unlimited" diving are bent ones.
When we were at Sunset House, they did not limit the number of tanks you
could take. Of course, given the table limitations and the fact that most
people will have done two dives in the morning, it's unlikely that many
people could use more than two per person safely.
It's only reasonable to ask you to pick up your tanks by closing time. They
provide free lockers to store them, ten steps at most away from the shop. I
doubt that anyone really expects them to stay open 24 hours, and I don't
think many people would have much problem with being asked to plan ahead
enough to pick up the tanks in advance.
Pulling the ladder when rough weather rolls in is also quite sensible. No
dive operation wants to encourage divers to get into the water in
conditions where getting back out could result in serious injury, if not
death. Judging from what we saw, getting killed coming out of the water
onto that ironstone in heavy seas is not only possible, it's likely.
Pulling the ladder by midnight is another thing altogether. We didn't stay
up late enough to notice if they still do that, but the ladder was in the
water at 0600 hrs, so if they pulled it somebody got out there really early
to put it back.
Sunset House does not have luxury accommodations, but for someone there for
the diving it is an excellent choice.
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