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Cortez Expeditions The Dive Gurus

#8 of 147 Tours in La Paz
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La Paz, Mexico
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About Cortez Expeditions The Dive Gurus
We are the only PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Center, DAN Instructor Center, Technical Dive Center in La Paz. Training with Cortez Expeditions is scheduled to the students needs with very small classes and individual customer service. Our tours are designed for a maximum of four divers. We do not offer bulk tours or volume training but individual specialized training that makes our students succeed and excel. We choose quality over quantity to make you succeed. Recreational diving and Technical diving, Photo Workshops, Professional Training and Technical diving courses including Nitrox, Trimix and Instructor level training.
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Erika H wrote a review Oct 21
San Francisco, California18 contributions2 helpful votes
This is my second trip using this dive shop in La Paz. I had been trying to decide if I wanted to do my divemaster or go into tech. I was nervous about doing tech, not because of the actual classes, but because I was worried I would choose the wrong person to do it with. There is a lot of egos in the dive industry when it comes to tech. So after talking to Luke (owner) and Calvin who was my dive guide for a week in September when I was there, I decided to do it. I can’t say enough about how great of an experience I had. I learned so much from Luke and his teaching style is awesome. It wasn’t about depth, it was about learning the skills you need to be able to manage yourself in the event of a failure. Getting comfortable with all the new gear and procedures is a lot but I feel like the progress I made in 9 days was fantastic and I am SO ready to get out there and get more practice in so I can eventually advance even more in the tech world. Thanks to everyone for all of there help and encouragement. I can’t say enough about the shop including Maru “ aka forest creature from a mystical land” who keeps the shop in line and keeps all of us informed on what we are doing next. And to captain Tony who helped lift the doubles on the boat every dive with no hesitation, and who let us spend an hour with a group of pilot whales one day just because. Thanks so much for the great experience and see you guys again!!!
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Date of experience: October 2021
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Brad K wrote a review Oct 7
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Luke, the owner was super Helpful when I reached out on Facebook messenger. He gave me a call and we organized a 18 person sea lion snorkel. The guides (Shane and Maru) met us at our sail boats over VHF. They captured our two groups snorkeling with the sea lions via under water pictures and videos. They even brought us beer to celebrate the ride back. Incredible experience with a great staff. Highly recommend!!!
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Date of experience: October 2021
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Response from lukeinman, Owner at Cortez Expeditions The Dive Gurus
Responded 1 week ago
Brad Was wonderful to work with you and I very much look forward to collaborating more. My apologies for not being able to meet you in person. I know I left you in great hands with my team and your wonderful review is very much appreciated. See you again soon in Baja
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Leesa wrote a review Oct 7
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My two daughters, Hannah (14 years old) and Alaina (12 years old), took the Padi Open Water Certification course with Cortez Expeditions and had an exceptional experience. Maru and Karin were excellent instructors, possessing a superior knowledge base and extraordinary ability to instruct. Their attention to detail and organization skills put my mind at peace regarding the safety of my daughters. My daughters and I enjoyed their fun-loving personalities which made the course an unforgettable experience. Hannah and Alaina liked them so much that they wanted to bring them donuts and cookies. While my daughters were getting certified, I dove with Roman, a superiorly skilled instructor who made me feel comfortable despite my limited diving skills. He was helpful to me by pointing out ways in which I could improve in a positive, constructive manner. I sensed that he had developed a confident and intuitive nature when it came to diving. I highly recommend Cortez Expeditions to any diver looking for a phenomenal diving experience in La Paz.
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Date of experience: October 2021
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Response from lukeinman, Owner at Cortez Expeditions The Dive Gurus
Responded 1 week ago
Leesa Thank you for taking the time to write so nicely about your experience. It was a pleasure to work with you on planning the best experience for your daughters PADI Open Water course. Hopefully we will see you all again soon for more diving fun and training Many thanks Luke
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Trond wrote a review Oct 5
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Had a great time diving in La Paz. Really nice instructors, really nice atmosphere and awesome reefs. Would absolutely do again. 10/10
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Date of experience: October 2021
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Response from lukeinman, Owner at Cortez Expeditions The Dive Gurus
Responded 1 week ago
Thank you for the great review and we hope to see you soon!
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Josh W wrote a review Oct 3
Petaluma, California6 contributions10 helpful votes
While pondering how to spend my solo vacation, I decided to search for a place to get my open water scuba certification. I had zero experience and only picked La Paz as my location because it's a warm place I've never visited and could get to with ease. After some Internet investigation, I narrowed it down to a couple dive centers in town. There weren't many reviews, but both places got high marks on various platforms. Cortez Expeditions seemed to have very satisfied customers and I got a personal response from Luke, the owner, that persuaded me to opt for their training center. They are not the cheapest option in town, but I was assured the price came with superior gear and a staff that was paid well. As soon as I registered and paid my deposit, I was enrolled in an online PADI course. The website was not intuitive, and Luke patiently helped me navigate my way into my lessons. Maru, the wonderful manager, contacted me prior to my leaving to make sure I was progressing on the program. When I arrived, Kieran (sp?) greeted me and provided excellent tutelage. Over the three day course he was clear in his instructions, patient with my inability to remember the many acronyms, and encouraging in motivating me for the sport. The guide, Roman, was amazing. His enthusiasm and obvious love for diving had a contagious effect. On my fourth day of diving he guided me on two beautiful dives. I never doubted I was in good hands and was not made to feel bad for sucking my tank empty in half the time of other experienced divers. Every day on the water was better than the last. The boat captains were true professionals. The other guide, Shane, was 4 stars all the way. And the Sea of Cortez was more amazing than I could've imagined. If I could give these folks more than five stars, I would. They were worth every penny, and I expect they will be one of the reasons I return to La Paz as soon as I'm able.
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Date of experience: October 2021
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Response from lukeinman, Owner at Cortez Expeditions The Dive Gurus
Responded 1 week ago
Josh It was a pleasure since the first phone call. I really hope we get to see you again soon, I promise we will do our best to keep the water as warm as possible! Many thanks Luke
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