I visited Koh Tao in early August and wasn't sure where to dive or which company to go with - I was relatively nervous too & planned on just doing the two day 'scuba' course... We decided on Roctopus & were very glad we did!
Roctopus picked us up @ the pier, sorted out our accommodation for us & we got started that same day... Amber, our dive instructor was really upfront on day 1, set out the differences between the 'scuba' & 'open water' courses, gave us her advice but said we could decide which to do as we went along.. We ended up deciding there & then...
We had planned to pay by card, and on arrival realised that the only card option was PayPal - for some reason we had an issue with PayPal & our payment kept failing - roctopus were really accommodating about this and let us keep trying for a couple of days (eventually we gave up & paid in cash!) but I really appreciated that there was no pressure in this respect.
I was particularly impressed by the small groups and the personal touch... Some instructors went out with just one diver, we were just a group of two & there was no waiting around for others on the boat which was also great..
Amber, who I've since dubbed 'angelic' & 'maternal' (due to her calming under water persona) is ace - she is a very patient and encouraging instructor with a genuine love for diving! I was really nervous pre dives one and two and she reassured me massively both before and during the dives... Even under water when my 'buddy' had issues clearing his mask, she held onto him and helped him, making me feel once again pretty safe in her hands... Can't thank her enough for my new found love for diving!
On our last day CT filmed us during our dives - and that DVD is amazing! He's great at what he does and has really captured the fun in our film... I recommend everyone buy the DVD!!
My only suggestion would be that they start taking credit card... Which is something I am sure will eventuate with time anyway!
Logistics aside, the Roctopus crew were good fun, and I'd dive with Amber again any day!
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