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WARNING: Jolly Dive boat captain by name of Paul sexually harassed me

Discussion in 'Greater Caribbean and Bermuda' started by s_mc1998, Jan 6, 2019.

  1. s_mc1998

    s_mc1998 Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: canada
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    Just giving a warning out to everyone that Jolly Dive in Antigua employs a dive master/boat captain who sexually harassed me for about 45 minutes. I have already posted my story on reddit and I was urged to spread it around to other forums, I’ll link my original post here but I will also copy and paste what I wrote!! I just want to warn everyone so no one has to experience what I did!
    Warning: Do NOT dive with Jolly Dive in Antigua, boat captain named Paul sexually harassed me : scuba

    Post Reads:

    This is a bit of a darker post, but I (20F) feel it’s important to get the word out and warn others so no one else has to experience what I did. When I arrived to Antigua today I expected just a day of diving, nothing out of the ordinary. I had been experiencing ear problems the week before while diving, but the issue had seemed to clear up and I was excited to dive one last day on my trip. Unfortunately, nothing went as a planned.


    The first dive of the day went normal, no incidents, just a slight ache in my bad ear as I did my safety stop but nothing major so I wasn’t concerned. While we were waiting on the boat to do our second dive I observed that the boat captain seemed to be a bit sexist after hearing a few comments he made and immediately I knew I wanted to do this second dive because no way did I want to be stuck on board with someone with that kind of attitude. However, within a minute of trying to descend my ear began to hurt more than ever and the pain spread to that entire side of my head, and when I say it was excruciating I mean it. One of the female dive masters brought me back up to the surface and back to the boat. As soon as she was gone, the boat captain (whose wife was also a dive master, but not the one who brought me back) made some weird comment about finally being alone with me. He then proceeded to ask me how old I am, and I responded that I’m 20. He was probably in his 50’s or 60’s, definitely significantly older than me.


    As soon as I told him my age he made a lewd comment about how I was just barely old enough to consent, then proceeded to continue making inappropriate comments that were extremely sexual in nature. He also encouraged me repeatedly to remove my clothes as I must be cold in my wet clothes, but the tone and the vibe were clearly insinuating the clothing removal would be for a different reason. All I really could bring myself to say was no thank you. I wrapped myself in my towel, trying to conceal my body as much as possible as he continued to make comment about how “I’m a sexy young girl distracting him” and how “I must have both boys and girls wanting to **** me all the time” and more comments similar to that. He then said he wouldn’t tell tell anyone if I didn’t and I kept ignoring him as he kept repeating that idea over and over. Eventually I said my fiancé would not appreciate that. His response was that we could keep it a secret and asked if I would tell him. I made it clear that I tell my fiancé everything so yes he would know.


    Over and over again he kept making these super sexual comments towards me, even going as far as putting his arm around me and rubbing my back, letting his hand graze around my chest as I clearly flinched away from him. He kept turning everything sexual and brought up how celebrities shouldn’t take naked photos of themselves because otherwise they get leaked and somehow he was able to twist that and he said “no one would wanna see a *my name* and Paul video of us having sex on the boat.” Throughout all this I continuously would stand up and move to a different seat if he got too close.


    There was more sexual things said, but this was the majority of it. I kept either ignoring what he said or saying no thank you. By the time the dive ended I was about 3 seconds away from jumping into the water and swimming away, but I saw my brother pop up on the surface and the second he got on board I told him what happened and he passed it along to my dad. After we got off the boat I informed my mom what happened and she ended up calling the police (who were wonderful and super professional and super good to deal with) and they took an official report down and gave the boat diver a written warning and now it’s on file that he spent almost an hour sexually harassing me.


    I cannot begin to explain the panic and fear I had during this entire experience and the whole time I was terrified it was going to escalate and there was nowhere I could go as we were pretty far out on the water. It’s been about 4 hours and I’m still shaking. He was extremely inappropriate and it’s disgusting to me that I had to endure this. It makes me wonder if he’s done this before, but my main concern now is insuring that it never happens again. So please, if you’re planning on diving in Antigua (and please do it’s beautiful there) don’t dive with Jolly Dive. I am under the impression they aren’t going to do anything about this. PADI has received an email about what happened and hopefully I hear back from them soon, but in the meantime ESPECIALLY if you have young daughters diving with you, please don’t dive with Jolly Dive.
     
  2. s_mc1998

    s_mc1998 Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: canada
    11
    14
    3
    Dove with Jolly Dive earlier this week and due to ear issues I could not do the second dive and as a result I was on board the boat with the captain Paul. He is an older man whereas I’m a 20 year old female and he spent the entire time sexually harassing me even tho I was clearly uncomfortable. After posting about my experience on Reddit I was urged to post here as well. My goal here is to insure this doesn’t happen to anyone else. I will both paste my original post and the link. Please stay safe you guys, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

    Warning: Do NOT dive with Jolly Dive in Antigua, boat captain named Paul sexually harassed me : scuba


    This is a bit of a darker post, but I (20F) feel it’s important to get the word out and warn others so no one else has to experience what I did. When I arrived to Antigua today I expected just a day of diving, nothing out of the ordinary. I had been experiencing ear problems the week before while diving, but the issue had seemed to clear up and I was excited to dive one last day on my trip. Unfortunately, nothing went as a planned.


    The first dive of the day went normal, no incidents, just a slight ache in my bad ear as I did my safety stop but nothing major so I wasn’t concerned. While we were waiting on the boat to do our second dive I observed that the boat captain seemed to be a bit sexist after hearing a few comments he made and immediately I knew I wanted to do this second dive because no way did I want to be stuck on board with someone with that kind of attitude. However, within a minute of trying to descend my ear began to hurt more than ever and the pain spread to that entire side of my head, and when I say it was excruciating I mean it. One of the female dive masters brought me back up to the surface and back to the boat. As soon as she was gone, the boat captain (whose wife was also a dive master, but not the one who brought me back) made some weird comment about finally being alone with me. He then proceeded to ask me how old I am, and I responded that I’m 20. He was probably in his 50’s or 60’s, definitely significantly older than me.


    As soon as I told him my age he made a lewd comment about how I was just barely old enough to consent, then proceeded to continue making inappropriate comments that were extremely sexual in nature. He also encouraged me repeatedly to remove my clothes as I must be cold in my wet clothes, but the tone and the vibe were clearly insinuating the clothing removal would be for a different reason. All I really could bring myself to say was no thank you. I wrapped myself in my towel, trying to conceal my body as much as possible as he continued to make comment about how “I’m a sexy young girl distracting him” and how “I must have both boys and girls wanting to **** me all the time” and more comments similar to that. He then said he wouldn’t tell tell anyone if I didn’t and I kept ignoring him as he kept repeating that idea over and over. Eventually I said my fiancé would not appreciate that. His response was that we could keep it a secret and asked if I would tell him. I made it clear that I tell my fiancé everything so yes he would know.


    Over and over again he kept making these super sexual comments towards me, even going as far as putting his arm around me and rubbing my back, letting his hand graze around my chest as I clearly flinched away from him. He kept turning everything sexual and brought up how celebrities shouldn’t take naked photos of themselves because otherwise they get leaked and somehow he was able to twist that and he said “no one would wanna see a *my name* and Paul video of us having sex on the boat.” Throughout all this I continuously would stand up and move to a different seat if he got too close.


    There was more sexual things said, but this was the majority of it. I kept either ignoring what he said or saying no thank you. By the time the dive ended I was about 3 seconds away from jumping into the water and swimming away, but I saw my brother pop up on the surface and the second he got on board I told him what happened and he passed it along to my dad. After we got off the boat I informed my mom what happened and she ended up calling the police (who were wonderful and super professional and super good to deal with) and they took an official report down and gave the boat diver a written warning and now it’s on file that he spent almost an hour sexually harassing me.


    I cannot begin to explain the panic and fear I had during this entire experience and the whole time I was terrified it was going to escalate and there was nowhere I could go as we were pretty far out on the water. It’s been about 4 hours and I’m still shaking. He was extremely inappropriate and it’s disgusting to me that I had to endure this. It makes me wonder if he’s done this before, but my main concern now is insuring that it never happens again. So please, if you’re planning on diving in Antigua (and please do it’s beautiful there) don’t dive with Jolly Dive. I am under the impression they aren’t going to do anything about this. PADI has received an email about what happened and hopefully I hear back from them soon, but in the meantime ESPECIALLY if you have young daughters diving with you, please don’t dive with Jolly Dive.
     
  3. KathyV

    KathyV ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Midwestern US
    3,974
    2,047
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    I am so sorry that happened to you, it must have been terrifying! I am glad that you reported it to the police and that you are warning others about your experience.

    Undercurrent did a recent article about sexual harrassment in scuba, see the link below:
    “MeToo” in the Dive Industry: Undercurrent 05/2018

    Please try to put it behind you and continue to enjoy your vacation, and you really should see a doctor about that ear before you go diving again. Good luck!
     
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  4. Compressor

    Compressor ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: NY
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    WOW. Very unprofessional to say the least. Disgusting behavior.
     
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  5. Eric Sedletzky

    Eric Sedletzky Great White

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Santa Rosa, CA
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    Wow! Horrible. Totally creepy and very unproffesional. The dude needs help. A leacherous old horndog like that shouldn’t be a position of dealing with the public.
    I’m sorry you had to endure this. If I was your dad and learned about this I’d have had some serious words with this slime ball.
    Just the fact that he touched you in any way without your permission means it was an assault.
     
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  6. KathyV

    KathyV ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Midwestern US
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    I think that you and your family did exactly the right thing in notifying the authorities; you are strangers in foreign country forced to deal with a very difficult situation.
     
  7. EireDiver606

    EireDiver606 DIR Practitioner

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    That’s absolutely unacceptable. Well done for keeping your cool and not beating the sh!t out of him. You definitely responded the best you could have. Don’t worry about that weirdo, it’s not your fault. Good luck with your diving and hope your ears get better :)
     
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  8. Snoweman

    Snoweman Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Atlanta, GA
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    Sorry for you to go through that experience. Paul appears to be the owner, as well as boat captain. I don't think he will be in business much longer with that behavior.
     
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  9. Cert1967

    Cert1967 Let's Go Skiing

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Vail, Colorado
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    Your report? Should never happen to anyone

    You covered the bases with ScubaBoard, Reddit, tripadvisor - PADI?


    PADI - lists as a dive center


    The Team - Owner Paul Roos - 190106

    http://www.jollydiveantigua.com/team
    "Paul now derives pleasure from escorting certified divers around the underwater sites of Antigua. "

    tripadvisor - brutal negative reviews - going back a decade - 176 total reviews, 8 negative, 159 excellent or good

    Jolly Dive Center (Jolly Harbour) - 2019 All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos) - TripAdvisor

    "Attention divers, do not use REPORTED TO PADI AND MARITIME SAFETY DUE TO POOR STANDARDS Kristina our guide was explaining how earlier she had taken c****ne as a "pick me up"???!!!!"

    "Suggest they also adopt random drug tests on their staff 4:1 K--s (Female) and drink on another"

    "Contaminated Oxygen and Boat Leaking Oil into the ocean"

    "The dive master and the instuctor were the rudest people I have ever encountered. They insulted my dive equipment, the reasons that I was diving and the place that I did my pool and course work."


    paul_roos_website_capture_190106.jpg
     
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  10. Pedro Burrito

    Pedro Burrito Moderator Staff Member

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Boussens, Canton de Vaud, Suisse
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    A ScubaBoard Staff Message...

    Duplicate threads merged and moved to Thumbs Down
     
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