We went to 1770 to do a PADI Open Dive course before an overseas dive trip. We researched different places and spoke to a few groups that run the course and chose Dive 1770.
We spent the first day doing all the theory, we were in a little A frame house with about 5 other people. Dive 1770 organised our dive medicals for us down the road in Agnes Water. The only problem with doing this was that we missed about 2 hours of the theory that we had to make up ourselves that night (it was lucky we had the DVD). I would recommend that you organise the medical back home first.
We also found out that price on the website of $250 had now increased to $275. They also advised that 2 of the 4 dives would be out on the reef, however when we arrived we were told that it would cost another $125 to do. Then they told us that PADI have also decided that everyone has to have a book now and that was $50. So what was originally quoted to be $250, was now $450. We questioned all of the above and they pretty good, they said we could pay the $250 and they would give us an old book for $10, I think they also reduced the reef dive to $90 or we could do 4 estuary dives instead.
The second day was in the pool. My husband did well with this and was quite happy. I, on the other hand, was a bit anxious and this was not helped by the first regulator not working properly, followed later by the other breaking in my mouth. Seemingly this is a simple problem and the rubber deteriorates often - would hate to have been at the bottom of the ocean when that happened! No one else had any major problems.
I understand that the tide waits for no man, so when they told us we weren't diving that night or the following day, and would give us a call that night to let us know what was happening next , I understood. We didn't hear from them that night and left messages, they ended up leaving us a message the following night (after wasting a day waiting to find out what was going on) to tell us to meet them at the marina in the morning so we could head out to the reef - we didn't want to go to the reef.
i am sure they have taken thousand of people out diving, but overall I just didn't have the confidence to go out into Open Water after completing the first 2 days - however I am pretty anxious, so it didn't need to take much. The staff were nice and only charged us for the 2 days, they were pretty easy going, but I think to the point of being unorganised.
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