My Personal Black(list) Book
Updated: 19 December 2015
On rare occasions when I am on the internet, I would sometimes come across these travel advisories that inform people how safe, or suitable, a country is to travel to. I have also observed diving forums to be doing the same thing—letting divers know where to go, what places offer the best diving, and which operators to avoid. Fair enough.
Well, there are two sides to a story. Or two sides to a coin. Or whatever. I have been guiding for over 15 years now and diving, even longer than that. Having met my share of difficult clients—and great people—I have decided to come up with my own blacklist in support of all the guides and operators who had, and are continuing to deal with inexperienced divers and/or blind bats and/or impossible clients and/or insensitive people.
I’ll keep on adding to this list as I encounter those that fit the bill.
- Gengler, Christian
- Gengler, Michael —A German police officer threatening and shouting at my captain, then ripping the sticker of his travel agent off the toilet door. You never got in to my face… at least you knew better. It would have ended badly on your part.
- Goldhahn, Andreas
- Hoffman, Margarethe
- Hoffman, William (Bill) —Thank you for thinking that the universe revolves around you and making people feel like life is shit when they’re around you. You can stay at home, we don’t need you.
- Hoffman, Jan (Mrs. Bill) —The same goes for you, Mrs. Bill.
- Landwehr, Ruth
- Lohmann, Martina
- Preussler, Eva
- Preussler, Gunther