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Thomas M wrote a review Dec 2012
Boulogne-Billancourt, France4 contributions1 helpful vote
After 25 minutes we saw one Black Tip shark, then two, then three. My instructor made an “ok” sign. After that the fourth and fifth shark appeared, my instructor made a “DOUBLE OK” sign. I realized this doesn’t happen so often, I guess. 5 sharks at the same time!!!! Sharks were dancing with the rocks at 15 meters, the light was strong and the visibility was perfect! Thank you Nature; you offered me a beautiful landscape!! On board we had beautiful food, and a comfortable “dry zone” with plugs for each table to upload Sharks Pictures! I had a very nice day!
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Date of experience: August 2012
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Iand0310 wrote a review Nov 2012
Dubai, United Arab Emirates6 contributions2 helpful votes
This is the second time that i have went with this dive company, location of the shop is just across the road from the hotel, the freelance instructors were very very helpful with everything. The staff were also very good and helpful. I am going back again in Feb just for diving.
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Date of experience: October 2012
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Manow L wrote a review Sep 2012
Isle of Man, United Kingdom11 contributions12 helpful votes
I took my open water course with Sea World out of Patong. My first instructor was an English guy, who seemed pretty cool. I didn't really learn much from him in the class & pool instruction. I read the book, and I was really serious about the class. The first day of open water diving, was just learning by doing. I didn't get anything from the teacher. He was more interested in his camera, and taking photos. He later tried to sell me a DVD for 2000 bhat. On the 3rd day, they changed teachers on me because another customer missed a day, and they had to split up our small 2-person class. The new teacher had no idea what I had learned, what I didn't learn. He didn't really care, and we just went on 2 dives, and it was finished. So much for learning. Also, they sold me a mask & other really cheap quality gear at really high prices. The mask was a plastic (not glass) mask, and was designed for free diving. It scratched up really easy, and I ended up throwing it out. I didn't know any-better. (I know better now). Simple things I didn't learn in this basic class like: Properly logging your dives, how to keep your mask from fogging up, how to clear your mask properly, etc. just were not covered. Later, I took the advanced open water course, and I learned things that I should have learned in the basic course. Also, just diving with good dive masters helped me learn alot. The good dive masters also suggested I watch & learn what type of equipment other divers use. I ended up buying a full kit, a couple of pieces at a time. Sea World would have had a good, life time customer, but they basically screwed me. I would not suggest anyone use Sea World. As another writer said, they only want your money, and they could care less if you learn anything or not. Keep shopping. Manow.
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Date of experience: October 2011
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LoveitinAsia wrote a review Nov 2011
Bangkok, Thailand184 contributions98 helpful votes
I signed up to take this course with friends while on a holiday. I went a week early to schedule so I can dive with my friends that were coming to Phuket. I was concerned as I was sick and had a severe sinus infection. I took the study course, and started the pool lessons but could not go more than 8 meters because of the pressure. The sinus infection was worst the next day and I could not attend the dives. They refused to refund even part of the funds and that I live clear across the world. They had adequate notice and they knew I likely could not dive because I was sick. They basically get you in and want your money and kick you back out the door. They offered me to continue the course another time, that really helps! Stay away there are many other places that are well reviewed.
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Date of experience: November 2011
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ciphernaut wrote a review Jun 2011
San Francisco, California11 contributions15 helpful votes
We signed up to take the beginner Padi Scuba Diver class. Right from the outset the class started 30 minutes late because the instructor, Rene, showed up late. We did the book portion at mach 1, retaining almost nothing. After lunch we started the pool skills lesson and the nightmare really began. The instructor obviously was burned out, he mocked the 'indians and chinese' who can't swim at all and said at least we can swim. Then he said his pedagogic technique was "monkey see, monkey do". In other words he didn't bother explaining why were were doing anything but rather had us copy him underwater. If we didn't do it correctly he would roughly grab us and force us to do it right. Now if you've ever been underwater with a respirator, you know how important it is not to panic - but that is exactly what this teaching style made us feel. After an hour he clearly just wanted to get done for the day so he started just skipping skills to get through it, telling us "not to complain and he would let us pass". He finished 4 hours of pool class in 2 hours - only we learned nothing! Note to school, don't used burned out expats for teachers!
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Date of experience: May 2011
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