I should have wrote this a long time ago but have just been really busy. I have to make it short but ask questions if you want and I'll try and answer.
Back at the beginning of February I went with 3 other guys to dive in Costa Rica. We booked the trip through Sean Hascup who is a Florida native and runs trips in Costa Rica full time now in Jaco. The trip was planned with the specific dive days about 4 months in advance. He partnered with a Cuban guy that has a boat there, Armel, about a year ago and started running trips. They both try to book trips and supposedly take a bigger cut on the trip dependent on who booked it.
Sean was awesome, as was Armel the first few days there. They helped us with getting around and we had 2 pretty good days diving with them and shot some nice fish.
On Monday we talked all day on the boat cruising around looking for dolphins and tuna. We discussed the whole week in detail at length. Armel had us set up for Mon., Tues. and Thursday. After Monday's dive we left all of our gear, guns, fins, everything on the boat and they paid someone to sleep on the boat for us. We showed up Tuesday and dove again. Talked all day Tuesday about them having some girl charter the boat Wed. who wanted to break the Cubera world record.
At the end of the day on Tuesday we got back to the cove where the boat stays moored just offshore. We started to unload all of our guns, shafts, fins, bags, etc. and Armel said its no problem to just leave them on the boat. They were only taking one girl out and for one day. She wouldn't touch any of it. Perfect, thank you, sounds great. The gear will be here for Thursday... Or else why would we leave it on the boat?!?!?
We take the next day off and just relax. Grab a few beers and chill in the pool at our rental house. We get a call in the afternoon from Sean... not good.
He said our trip for Thursday was cancelled. Huh? We just discussed this for 2 days, what happened? Sean said he had all of our gear at his house. What? Armel took all of our gear, 8 guns, all of our fins and bags, and put them on the beach. Sean was nice enough to take them to the house for us. Armel booked another trip with different guys and threw our gear off to accommodate booking a new trip. The new trip was booked by him so he can make more money than our trip which was booked by Sean.
Armel did this without calling us, without setting us up for our last dive day. Did not let us know he was unloading our gear. He would not answer voicecalls, facebook messages, texts, nothing. Fucking coward is what that guy is. All for a couple dollars.
This is not how you treat people who come to another country and trust you with their lives, their gear, their free time, or their money. Sean has since that trip split with Armel for good as far as I know. We ended up booking a local fishing guide and having probably the best dive day I've ever had in my life. Beware of people like this guy from Soul Spearfishing. I have to run but if you want more details post below.