Lake Rawlings

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  • 1 Quarry Ln

    Rawlings, VA 23876

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  • 804-478-9000

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Horrible!! The employees are rude for one!! The lady/guy (not sure what it was) started getting loud, when she asked me to sign in I replied "oh I'm not here to dive I'm just ridding with a friend, because he had to drive far to get here" she YELLED no you have sign in and pay with it's deep voice! And my friend says the price is outrageous just to dive. The best I can say is if you drive a littler bit more to NC you can get some good diving in they have sunking ships and stuff really great nothing compared to this over priced pond!

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Horrible!! The employees are rude for one!! The lady/guy (not sure what it was) started getting loud, when she asked me to sign in I replied "oh I'm not here to dive I'm just ridding with a friend, because he had to drive far to get here" she YELLED no you have sign in and pay with it's deep voice! And my friend says the price is outrageous just to dive. The best I can say is if you drive a littler bit more to NC you can get some good diving in they have sunking ships and stuff really great nothing compared to this over priced pond!

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The lake is very nice, however the visibility can vary based upon the amount of open water classes being held on the weekends. Below thirty feet the water seems to never warm above 60 degrees no matter what time of the year. The lake is great for training or honing your skills for real diving.
The new canopies are nice, however are basically worthless for anyone not diving with a group, especially on the weekends because dive shops have them rented out far in advance. The new bathroom facilities were nice to begin with however the cleanliness of the interiors is not maintained very well on the weekends.
As far as complaints with the staff go, Erol (the president) has always been friendly and helpful. Kevin, well I just try to ignore anything he says. Any question you ask him seems to prompt a smart/rude answer.And from what I understand he is a dive master or instructor, wow, I could not imagine he would be a very effective teacher. When my dive buddy and I were leaving a few weekends ago my buddy waved to kevin who was tending the gate as we were driving out, kevin just looked at us like we were stupid. I've learned to expect nothing from him. If you talk to most people who have been up there this feeling is generally mutual.
If you can deal with some of the negatives the lake can offer a really nice dive.

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The lake is very nice, however the visibility can vary based upon the amount of open water classes being held on the weekends. Below thirty feet the water seems to never warm above 60 degrees no matter what time of the year. The lake is great for training or honing your skills for real diving.
The new canopies are nice, however are basically worthless for anyone not diving with a group, especially on the weekends because dive shops have them rented out far in advance. The new bathroom facilities were nice to begin with however the cleanliness of the interiors is not maintained very well on the weekends.
As far as complaints with the staff go, Erol (the president) has always been friendly and helpful. Kevin, well I just try to ignore anything he says. Any question you ask him seems to prompt a smart/rude answer.And from what I understand he is a dive master or instructor, wow, I could not imagine he would be a very effective teacher. When my dive buddy and I were leaving a few weekends ago my buddy waved to kevin who was tending the gate as we were driving out, kevin just looked at us like we were stupid. I've learned to expect nothing from him. If you talk to most people who have been up there this feeling is generally mutual.
If you can deal with some of the negatives the lake can offer a really nice dive.

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Had a great time diving at Lake Rawlings August 27, 2010. Not crowded and there is plenty to see in the quarry. Was a little hesitant based on other reviews, but found the employees friendly and helpful. Even met Kevin (assume it's the same one as in the reviews) and he seemed like a nice guy. Will enjoy going back!

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★★★★★

Had a great time diving at Lake Rawlings August 27, 2010. Not crowded and there is plenty to see in the quarry. Was a little hesitant based on other reviews, but found the employees friendly and helpful. Even met Kevin (assume it's the same one as in the reviews) and he seemed like a nice guy. Will enjoy going back!

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First and last time I will be going. The lake is great, but the rude and obnoxious employees quickly overshadow. I have never been to a campground scubapark where the people are so rude. When I spend a lot of money to camp and dive for my large family (maybe I am dillusional), but a little common courtesy or maybe just a thank you and a smile goes a long way. The showers are 50 cents for the first minute and 25 cents for every 80 seconds. There is no water at the campsites, and the water they do have at the dive shack is well water. This place has great potential if they teach the employees a little customer service and just plain manners. It is unfortunate that these people have a great place for checkout dives but the people running the show are rude.

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First and last time I will be going. The lake is great, but the rude and obnoxious employees quickly overshadow. I have never been to a campground scubapark where the people are so rude. When I spend a lot of money to camp and dive for my large family (maybe I am dillusional), but a little common courtesy or maybe just a thank you and a smile goes a long way. The showers are 50 cents for the first minute and 25 cents for every 80 seconds. There is no water at the campsites, and the water they do have at the dive shack is well water. This place has great potential if they teach the employees a little customer service and just plain manners. It is unfortunate that these people have a great place for checkout dives but the people running the show are rude.

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Went to Lake Rawlings for my checkout PADI dives.

I have a travel trailer and came expecting decent accomodations for myself and camper. There are only 5 sites which are not level, not mowed and tightly spaced together. My awning was a foot from the camper next to me. You'll only find electric hookups there and need to fill your water holding tank before coming, or with the hose to the side of the dive shack.

The showers there are 50 cents to start and 25 cents per 90 seconds. How cheap can one place get? I had a tear in my backup regulator and Kevin told me he couldnt fix it without even trying to look at it. Watch out for said employee after hours as he is guaranteed to be breaking the no alcohol or illegal drug rule. Not sure what he was on Friday night but he yelled at me and the campers next to us.

The water was nice, and the attractions underwater were great. It was crowded at the lake but managable.

Great lake, horrible employees.

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Went to Lake Rawlings for my checkout PADI dives.

I have a travel trailer and came expecting decent accomodations for myself and camper. There are only 5 sites which are not level, not mowed and tightly spaced together. My awning was a foot from the camper next to me. You'll only find electric hookups there and need to fill your water holding tank before coming, or with the hose to the side of the dive shack.

The showers there are 50 cents to start and 25 cents per 90 seconds. How cheap can one place get? I had a tear in my backup regulator and Kevin told me he couldnt fix it without even trying to look at it. Watch out for said employee after hours as he is guaranteed to be breaking the no alcohol or illegal drug rule. Not sure what he was on Friday night but he yelled at me and the campers next to us.

The water was nice, and the attractions underwater were great. It was crowded at the lake but managable.

Great lake, horrible employees.

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Ok this weekend was a complete mess. As usual Kevin running around screaming at people. Yes this weeknd was very hot. At the lake there are rules that need to be followed and these rules are to protect peoples safety. Customer service is lacking. This past weekend there was an oil taste in the air, went to shop to ask was there an issue and as usual,Kevin was Kevin. All I did was asked if the is an issue. Later I found out from one of the Dive shops an oil hose broke. Since this is a faclity that is goverened by PADI and is a so called PADI Resort. PADI needs to look at if there is any thing that can be done here. I am sure PADI would be interested.. Please do something with Kevin. I have spoke to the owner Earl and in one ear out the other!

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Ok this weekend was a complete mess. As usual Kevin running around screaming at people. Yes this weeknd was very hot. At the lake there are rules that need to be followed and these rules are to protect peoples safety. Customer service is lacking. This past weekend there was an oil taste in the air, went to shop to ask was there an issue and as usual,Kevin was Kevin. All I did was asked if the is an issue. Later I found out from one of the Dive shops an oil hose broke. Since this is a faclity that is goverened by PADI and is a so called PADI Resort. PADI needs to look at if there is any thing that can be done here. I am sure PADI would be interested.. Please do something with Kevin. I have spoke to the owner Earl and in one ear out the other!

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I have bee diving lske rawlings for many years I started about 2000 I have had many dealings with Kevin and I can say that he has always been straight forward and helpfull I have watched as many people have complained about how long things take such as filling tanks do you realize that on a busy day they fiull 8 to 900 bottles of all shapes and sizes i also after reading these posts I can tell all that every shelter has mutiple signs 2 on most tables one on every wall that state "shelters are for rent 365 days a year " so that excuse id very lame.
I have see Kevin get rude on a few ocations when people push him. all in all if people treat everyone as they would like to be treated their would not be a need for posts like this. yes it is hot in the shed they use yes people tend to be a little short in very hot weather abd I bet everyone of the ppeople that put these negitive posts have some level of fault br it not reading the mutipull signs that clearly spell out KEEP OUT I invirt anyone to look the sighn are everywhereto those who feel that their bottles are more important than anyone elses I think that the people tat lake rawlings need a break for the job they have of getting a very large # of people into the water in a timely manner every bust weekendand keeping all the bottles full and if everyone was a little more patient it is possible you will have a great time as I have over many years

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I have bee diving lske rawlings for many years I started about 2000 I have had many dealings with Kevin and I can say that he has always been straight forward and helpfull I have watched as many people have complained about how long things take such as filling tanks do you realize that on a busy day they fiull 8 to 900 bottles of all shapes and sizes i also after reading these posts I can tell all that every shelter has mutiple signs 2 on most tables one on every wall that state "shelters are for rent 365 days a year " so that excuse id very lame.
I have see Kevin get rude on a few ocations when people push him. all in all if people treat everyone as they would like to be treated their would not be a need for posts like this. yes it is hot in the shed they use yes people tend to be a little short in very hot weather abd I bet everyone of the ppeople that put these negitive posts have some level of fault br it not reading the mutipull signs that clearly spell out KEEP OUT I invirt anyone to look the sighn are everywhereto those who feel that their bottles are more important than anyone elses I think that the people tat lake rawlings need a break for the job they have of getting a very large # of people into the water in a timely manner every bust weekendand keeping all the bottles full and if everyone was a little more patient it is possible you will have a great time as I have over many years

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Went in June for check out dives, quarry was awesome vis was around 25, 30ft, Have numerous sites to check out many different trainning platforms, however the employees were extremely rude, non professional and straight up ignorant. If you are camping and leave the grounds before 8am, you will not be allowed to return into the park until the park reopens at 8am. Can not have a campfire unless you put a $5 deposit on a bucket for water you get from the quarry. Employees drive around in golf carts and scream about any little thing which is out of place. If you don't have a water bucket for campfire, mind you most camp sites are on rocks. If you don't have your parking tag hanging in your vehicle at the camp site, these people do not understand or are not equiped with any type of good customer service at all. I would recommend this quarry to any diver but be forwarned about the rudeness and ignorantce you will be faced with upon arrival.

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Went in June for check out dives, quarry was awesome vis was around 25, 30ft, Have numerous sites to check out many different trainning platforms, however the employees were extremely rude, non professional and straight up ignorant. If you are camping and leave the grounds before 8am, you will not be allowed to return into the park until the park reopens at 8am. Can not have a campfire unless you put a $5 deposit on a bucket for water you get from the quarry. Employees drive around in golf carts and scream about any little thing which is out of place. If you don't have a water bucket for campfire, mind you most camp sites are on rocks. If you don't have your parking tag hanging in your vehicle at the camp site, these people do not understand or are not equiped with any type of good customer service at all. I would recommend this quarry to any diver but be forwarned about the rudeness and ignorantce you will be faced with upon arrival.

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Today a group of us went on a day trip to Lake Rawlings for diving & snorkeling. This was my first (and last) time there. We went there largely because they would allow non-diving family members to swim & snorkel. We stopped at the dive shack to pay and get information. I asked about logistics, layont, where to park, etc. I also asked which picnic tables we were allowed to use. She said 'just pick any one you like'. She also said they weren't all that busy. We unloaded, spread our tarp, parked, etc. (Parking isn't right next to the entry so you have to unload then move your car.) The divers went diving; the swimmers swam. When we came up after our dive it had started raining. My husband, who supervising the swimming kids, had grabbed the stuff we'd prefer not to get wet and taken shelter in one of the unoccupied picnic shelters--the only place around to get out of the rain. By this time most of the divers had left. We decided to eat our lunch there while it rained. (Note we didn't move all our gear into the shelter, just a couple of bags and our coolers.) While we were eating the owner, Kevin Young, came over in his golf cart and started YELLING at us that we hadn't reserved that shelter so we needed to leave RIGHT NOW. Yes, actual top of his voice yelling. I told him the girl at his shop had said we could use any table. At the end of his tantrum he said we could go to the shop and reserve the table if we really wanted. (Fat chance!) Even at a time when customer service seems to be less and less important, I have rarely seen a proprietor treat his customers with such rudeness and disrespect. There are soooo many ways this could have been handled nicely and produced positive results. We didn't mean to violate any policies--just keep our sandwiches dry until it stopped raining. If he'd just told us politely that we were supposed to reserve these shelters if we were going to use them and would we please stop at the shack on the way out and pay our $15 we probably would have done it. As it was I was so offended I didn't even want him to get the .50 cents they charge for a shower. Not only did he not get his $15 extra for the shelter, this is one diver who will never put a fin in his quarry again!

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Today a group of us went on a day trip to Lake Rawlings for diving & snorkeling. This was my first (and last) time there. We went there largely because they would allow non-diving family members to swim & snorkel. We stopped at the dive shack to pay and get information. I asked about logistics, layont, where to park, etc. I also asked which picnic tables we were allowed to use. She said 'just pick any one you like'. She also said they weren't all that busy. We unloaded, spread our tarp, parked, etc. (Parking isn't right next to the entry so you have to unload then move your car.) The divers went diving; the swimmers swam. When we came up after our dive it had started raining. My husband, who supervising the swimming kids, had grabbed the stuff we'd prefer not to get wet and taken shelter in one of the unoccupied picnic shelters--the only place around to get out of the rain. By this time most of the divers had left. We decided to eat our lunch there while it rained. (Note we didn't move all our gear into the shelter, just a couple of bags and our coolers.) While we were eating the owner, Kevin Young, came over in his golf cart and started YELLING at us that we hadn't reserved that shelter so we needed to leave RIGHT NOW. Yes, actual top of his voice yelling. I told him the girl at his shop had said we could use any table. At the end of his tantrum he said we could go to the shop and reserve the table if we really wanted. (Fat chance!) Even at a time when customer service seems to be less and less important, I have rarely seen a proprietor treat his customers with such rudeness and disrespect. There are soooo many ways this could have been handled nicely and produced positive results. We didn't mean to violate any policies--just keep our sandwiches dry until it stopped raining. If he'd just told us politely that we were supposed to reserve these shelters if we were going to use them and would we please stop at the shack on the way out and pay our $15 we probably would have done it. As it was I was so offended I didn't even want him to get the .50 cents they charge for a shower. Not only did he not get his $15 extra for the shelter, this is one diver who will never put a fin in his quarry again!

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We went to Lake Rawlings (old stone quarry) for our Open Water dive certification. Since our dive shop set everything up including tank refills, etc. we did not have to deal with the employees of Rawlings except when we registered. Our experience with the employees was positive. The lake is a good spot for certification since there are no waves, visibility is good and they have underwater platforms at various depths where you can perform and practice skills. The lake also includes a submerged bus, a sail boat, and many other interesting items to explore. It is cold so you need a 5 mm wet suit even in summer.

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We went to Lake Rawlings (old stone quarry) for our Open Water dive certification. Since our dive shop set everything up including tank refills, etc. we did not have to deal with the employees of Rawlings except when we registered. Our experience with the employees was positive. The lake is a good spot for certification since there are no waves, visibility is good and they have underwater platforms at various depths where you can perform and practice skills. The lake also includes a submerged bus, a sail boat, and many other interesting items to explore. It is cold so you need a 5 mm wet suit even in summer.

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The lake itself is awesome, diving is awesome, location is awesome which make up for the EXTREMELY rude employee called Kevin (white male, 30's, 200lbs, blonde hair) he lives behind the shack in the trailer with the motorcycle. So once you see him be prepared for some rude comments and very unfriendly customer service. Besides that everything is pretty nifty. Sadly they still have Kevin on property and won't be getting rid of him either.

There are many comments on the web about Kevin and his attitude hasn't changed either.

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★★★☆☆

The lake itself is awesome, diving is awesome, location is awesome which make up for the EXTREMELY rude employee called Kevin (white male, 30's, 200lbs, blonde hair) he lives behind the shack in the trailer with the motorcycle. So once you see him be prepared for some rude comments and very unfriendly customer service. Besides that everything is pretty nifty. Sadly they still have Kevin on property and won't be getting rid of him either.

There are many comments on the web about Kevin and his attitude hasn't changed either.

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Lake Rawlings was okay for what it was. Worst part was the extreamly rude employees, namely, Kevin. I would NOT recommend to anyone and I will NOT be going back. I have never been treated so badly in my life!

PROS: N/A
CONS: Employees

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Lake Rawlings was okay for what it was. Worst part was the extreamly rude employees, namely, Kevin. I would NOT recommend to anyone and I will NOT be going back. I have never been treated so badly in my life!

PROS: N/A
CONS: Employees

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