After arriving in Costa Rica and staying about a half hour north of Quepos in Palo Seco my girl friend and I decided to find a place to scuba dive. She is certified but hadn't dove in a long time and, ironically, is not very comfortable under the water, and I had never been. We happened upon Oceans Unlimited while walking around Quepos waiting on our zip-line tour with Midworld (also a fantastic tour). I signed up for my Padi discovery dive lesson and first dive for 2 days later.
The instruction was very good, what I'd expect and we covered all of the basics of scuba diving rules and safety measures. Including a short video it took a total of an hour and a half or 2 hours. Following the instruction we grabbed lunch and then were taken to some islands off the coast of Manuel Antonio national park in the early afternoon.
The instructor, Alec, did a fantastic job during our first dive making sure that I was following the correct instructions but also assisting my girlfriend who was struggling a bit. He had double duty but was still able to assist me while keeping my girlfriend calm and reminding her of the things she had learned during certification. The dive was a 40 foot dive in a really cool location (at least for a novice).
Then we were able to go on a second dive. My gf decided to stay in the boat and Alec and I were able to swim around down around 40 feet again and see many large fish, eel, lobsters, a mini-sea snail and some other sea life.
If I go back I would dive with Oceans Unlimited again.
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