Bad weather closes local diving firm

The unpredictable weather in Samoa in recent days has forced local diving firm AquaSamoa to temporarily close its doors.

AquaSamoa business owner Ted Thomsen and his partner Karin Cardy told Samoa Observer that the bad weather is not helping their business and the few numbers mean this period marks their lowest season ever.

"The bad weather is not helping at all but we are used to it, because this is actually our lowest season for our business. For some reason, there are no tourists coming in and it is also summer in some parts of Australia and also New Zealand where most of our clients are from," said Ms Cardy. "We stopped our snorkeling business temporarily due to the weather, we cannot risk any tourists going out at sea in the recent weather we faced, and not only for the tourists but also our employees who are taking them out.”

Having clocked 20 years in the business, the business owners said they have experienced all kinds of weather before so they are used to it.

"Our business most highest earning is from April to November then we have the boost in December for the festive season, as we all know it's when there are many people visiting Samoa," she added.

With the wild weather continuing, Ms Cardy said they turned away some tourists due to safety concerns as they don’t want to risk the lives of their staff and customers. 

"We have skilled workers in our firm who can swim, dive and do their job in every sort of weather but still we cannot risk it at their expense," she said.

The Samoa Meteorological Division issued warning advisories Thursday evening for heavy rain, wind and flooding from rivers and vulnerable areas.

It is monitoring a low pressure system to the west of Wallis and Futuna which has been upgraded to Tropical Depression 09F and was located about 203km west northwest from Asau or 299km west northwest of Apia at 2pm Thursday. 

According to the Meteorological Division, the system is gradually intensifying and moving east southeast towards Samoa at 25kph. Winds close to the centre of the system are expected to reach 55kph with higher gusts and may likely to reach Tropical Cyclone Category 1 wind strength Thursday night and Friday.

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