‪Summer Indication‬

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‪Summer Indication‬
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‪CUSTOMER BEWARE – Beginners should void taking classes with Antonio for safety reasons‬
‪אוק׳ 2020‬
‪We had a really scary experience with Antonio of Summer Indication today, who seems to give no value to the safety of his clients in choppy waters. My partner and I had signed up for a stand up paddle boarding (SUP) lesson. This was the first time we were doing this in our lives. After no more than five minutes of telling us to stand in the middle of the board, to paddle hard on one side before switching to the other and how to hold the paddle, then saying we should head for a certain point in the ocean and not worry if anything happened because he would be there (untrue!), we got in the water with our boards. Antonio came out into the ocean with us for no more than a further five minutes, told me to stand with a wider stance after I fell into the water, waved us in the general direction of where he wanted us to paddle, and then went back on land without even telling us he was going or why. We spent time trying to work out how to paddle for ourselves, but had no idea of much of the basics; we ultimately worked out that we needed to paddle backwards in order to shift direction, for example. After about 10-15 minutes of this, probably spent doing all the wrong things because this was the first time we'd ever paddleboarded, we started feeling increasingly tired. We also realised that we were drifting towards large rocks. It became harder to correct our course as we were getting more tired as the waves were getting stronger. All this time, Antonio was nowhere to be seen. Ultimately, after substantial effort, we managed to get ourselves back to the entry point to the ocean, struggling to get round a swimmer without colliding with him because we didn't know how to control the boat. We crashed against the concrete a few times, and finally tied the boards to the railings using our ankle ropes. Back on dry land, we sat down to catch our breath. A few minutes later, Antonio reappeared, leading some novice windsurfers to the water. At this point, it became clear that he had combined our lessons without telling us. With a frown, Antonio asked us what happened, and I told him we'd been under the impression that we were supposed to have a lesson with him yet he wasn't there. With a wave of the hand, he told me "ok, go". I did not go, as this needed to be discussed. I reminded him that he had a responsibility for the lives of his clients, and that we had feared that we'd end up with our skulls cracked on the large rocks that we'd had to fight the current to keep away from. He looked angry, and told me he needed ten minutes to calm down before discussing this with me further. Ten minutes later, he was not calm. He came back and simply asked me what my problem was, so I told him we'd been in danger and he was nowhere to be seen. He replied that if we were unable to follow instructions, it was not his problem. What teacher would ever say something like this, especially when responsible for students' safety?! He told me he'd been teaching this activity for 30 years, so the problem must lie with us, not him. I told him that I did not agree that teaching paddleboarding is something one can do in five minutes of talking on land and then not even sticking around long enough to see whether one's students are doing it right in the water. To this, he said something sarcastic along the lines of what makes me think I know more about teaching than him, so I asked him what body he did his teaching certification with, so that I could take this up with them instead. He again said something sarcastic in anger, dismissively waved his hand at me, and without answering my question he walked off. It's very saddening to have to leave a 'customer beware' type review at a time when local businesses are really struggling owing to the fact that the COVID-19 pandemic has hit the tourism industry so hard. But having thought it through carefully, I decided that it was important for me to do so because nobody should have to risk putting their lives in the hands of someone so irresponsible without first knowing what they might be getting into. Especially if you are not a strong swimmer, which my partner isn't (she in fact TOLD Antonio this before the lesson). Please: don't take the risks lightly if you are a first-timer! I also understand that Antonio may have had a bad day, or something may have happened before we arrived (he did seem rather grumpy when we first got there). Unfortunately, when leading people in an activity that involves a degree of risk to life or limb, this cannot be an excuse. It would have been some kind of consolation if Antonio had at least apologised for disappearing, conceded that he'd made a mistake, and assured us it would not happen again. However, at no point did he seem to accept that he'd done anything wrong. The more I tried to reason with him, the more it seemed like he might even punch me! Thankfully, every other experience we've had in Madeira, and with Madeirans, has been an absolute delight. :-)‬

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Robin W
פונשל, פורטוגל‪20 contributions‬
‪CUSTOMER BEWARE – Beginners should void taking classes with Antonio for safety reasons‬
אוק׳ 2020
‪We had a really scary experience with Antonio of Summer Indication today, who seems to give no value to the safety of his clients in choppy waters.

My partner and I had signed up for a stand up paddle boarding (SUP) lesson. This was the first time we were doing this in our lives. After no more than five minutes of telling us to stand in the middle of the board, to paddle hard on one side before switching to the other and how to hold the paddle, then saying we should head for a certain point in the ocean and not worry if anything happened because he would be there (untrue!), we got in the water with our boards.

Antonio came out into the ocean with us for no more than a further five minutes, told me to stand with a wider stance after I fell into the water, waved us in the general direction of where he wanted us to paddle, and then went back on land without even telling us he was going or why.

We spent time trying to work out how to paddle for ourselves, but had no idea of much of the basics; we ultimately worked out that we needed to paddle backwards in order to shift direction, for example. After about 10-15 minutes of this, probably spent doing all the wrong things because this was the first time we'd ever paddleboarded, we started feeling increasingly tired.

We also realised that we were drifting towards large rocks. It became harder to correct our course as we were getting more tired as the waves were getting stronger. All this time, Antonio was nowhere to be seen.

Ultimately, after substantial effort, we managed to get ourselves back to the entry point to the ocean, struggling to get round a swimmer without colliding with him because we didn't know how to control the boat. We crashed against the concrete a few times, and finally tied the boards to the railings using our ankle ropes. Back on dry land, we sat down to catch our breath. A few minutes later, Antonio reappeared, leading some novice windsurfers to the water. At this point, it became clear that he had combined our lessons without telling us.

With a frown, Antonio asked us what happened, and I told him we'd been under the impression that we were supposed to have a lesson with him yet he wasn't there. With a wave of the hand, he told me "ok, go". I did not go, as this needed to be discussed. I reminded him that he had a responsibility for the lives of his clients, and that we had feared that we'd end up with our skulls cracked on the large rocks that we'd had to fight the current to keep away from. He looked angry, and told me he needed ten minutes to calm down before discussing this with me further.

Ten minutes later, he was not calm. He came back and simply asked me what my problem was, so I told him we'd been in danger and he was nowhere to be seen. He replied that if we were unable to follow instructions, it was not his problem. What teacher would ever say something like this, especially when responsible for students' safety?! He told me he'd been teaching this activity for 30 years, so the problem must lie with us, not him.

I told him that I did not agree that teaching paddleboarding is something one can do in five minutes of talking on land and then not even sticking around long enough to see whether one's students are doing it right in the water. To this, he said something sarcastic along the lines of what makes me think I know more about teaching than him, so I asked him what body he did his teaching certification with, so that I could take this up with them instead. He again said something sarcastic in anger, dismissively waved his hand at me, and without answering my question he walked off.

It's very saddening to have to leave a 'customer beware' type review at a time when local businesses are really struggling owing to the fact that the COVID-19 pandemic has hit the tourism industry so hard. But having thought it through carefully, I decided that it was important for me to do so because nobody should have to risk putting their lives in the hands of someone so irresponsible without first knowing what they might be getting into. Especially if you are not a strong swimmer, which my partner isn't (she in fact TOLD Antonio this before the lesson). Please: don't take the risks lightly if you are a first-timer!

I also understand that Antonio may have had a bad day, or something may have happened before we arrived (he did seem rather grumpy when we first got there). Unfortunately, when leading people in an activity that involves a degree of risk to life or limb, this cannot be an excuse. It would have been some kind of consolation if Antonio had at least apologised for disappearing, conceded that he'd made a mistake, and assured us it would not happen again. However, at no point did he seem to accept that he'd done anything wrong. The more I tried to reason with him, the more it seemed like he might even punch me!

Thankfully, every other experience we've had in Madeira, and with Madeirans, has been an absolute delight. :-)‬
‪Written 31 באוקטובר 2020‬
‪This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.‬

Natalie S
‪4 contributions‬
‪Excellent Surf School‬
מאי 2018 • זוגות
‪Great surf school with amazingly friendly and very experienced staff!! You should not miss the opportunity to go there during your stay!‬
‪Written 28 באוגוסט 2018‬
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petite_nemo
קוויבק העיר, קנדה‪88 contributions‬
‪Nice spot to rent SUP‬
יוני 2017 • זוגות
‪We rent two paddleboards there. The guy responsible for the equipment rental was super nice and friendly, the equipment worked as expected and the location is great, it's easy to paddle around and the views are really nice. Nice spot! ‬
‪Written 17 ביוני 2017‬
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Angele B
‪1 contribution‬
‪My wonderful surf experience with Francisco‬
יולי 2016 • לבד
‪It was the first time when I tried to surf.My trainer Francisco was friendly, helpful and fantastic .He was teaching me a lot of time and didn't go out from the water as much as I need. I booked the surf lesson again for next day.
I will recommend him to my friends and I think everyone should try and meet this guy !‬
‪Written 10 ביולי 2016‬
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jackkl
London‪3 contributions‬
‪Brilliant paddle boarding experiences‬
יוני 2016 • זוגות
‪We wanted to try paddle boarding so we booked a couple of boards with Antonio. When we set off it was clear we needed some help, so he dived in with a board and spent an hour teaching us and showing us around the coast.
He was a really great teacher and loads of fun to hang out with too. He left the boards at the resort so we could head out again later that afternoon.
He knew the area really well, and advised when and where to go.
Can't recommend him more :)‬
‪Written 13 ביוני 2016‬
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Joern_von_JaS-Tours
קלן, גרמניה‪5 contributions‬
‪I love this guy - António showed us around‬
דצמ׳ 2015 • זוגות
‪With Summer Indication you don't book just a course you book more like a local, friendly travel guide. I love this guy - António showed us around and gave us tips where you get the best food in whole Madaira.‬
‪Written 8 בינואר 2016‬
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