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“Great scuba day, extraordinary service, expertise, and safety” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Mad About Diving

Mad About Diving
Next to Los Delfines Restaurant, Uvita, Costa Rica
(506) 2743-8019
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Ranked #7 of 21 Activities in Uvita
Type: Water sports, Adventure
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Owner description: MAD ABOUT DIVING is the only PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre in Osa Peninsula. PADI is the largest association of recreational divers in the world and we recognize certification cards from all other diving associations.Dive, snorkel or train with us and find out first hand why so many clients make us their number one choice.Explore the best dive sites that Costa Rica has to offer and discover the beauty that Caño Island Biological Reserve, Marino Ballena National Park and Costa Ballena have to offer.MAD, short for MAD ABOUT DIVING, is known for having the highest quality service. We treat clients like guests: you never cart your gear around, change your tanks or rinse equipment; our friendly staff does it for you.As the premier dive facility, we also deliver top notch training. Our team consists of PADI Divemasters and Instructors that have years of professional diving experience in a multitude of marine environments.
Los Angeles, California
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“Great scuba day, extraordinary service, expertise, and safety”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2011

My wife and I were hesitant to go with MAD due to their lack of reviews, but we went for it, and now know that we made the right choice.

The owner Pablo and his staff were amazing. He has an incredible depth of knowledge of scuba, and the waters around Costa Rica. He seemed more like our buddy than a guide (in a good way) and was happy to share all his insights with us.

He's also very patient and calming as a divemaster. My wife had trouble equalizing on the first dive, and returned to the surface ready to call it quits. But Pablo was very reassuring and cooly helped her try a second time, descending with her inch by inch until she made it down and was then able to enjoy a wonderful dive.

We dove Cano Island with him, and it was a great experience. Lots to see, great visibility, a delicious lunch, and a wonderful, attentive crew.

I highly recommend this outfit, and wish them all the success in the world.

One last note, without pressure or sales, Pablo recommended some other places/things for us to try in the area, and all of his suggestions were great!

Visited July 2011
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“Had a great time!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2011

Diving with "MAD" was an all around fun experience! Had a great time, and enjoyed getting to know the owners of the business! Nice people who are very accommodating, understanding, and intelligent! They are also fluent in French, Spanish, and English, so communications were superb! Pura Vida!

Visited January 2011
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