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About Scuba Mike
Aloha, let’s go scuba diving in Maui!Scuba Dive with the best hands on dive instructor available. Scuba Mike offers Scuba diving lessons, PADI certification, Scooter Dives, Night Dives, specialty dives and instruction for the novice or experienced diver.Scuba Mike specializes in Shore Dives, since most of Maui's great dive spots are all shore accessible. I am a passionate and accomplished scuba diver, I would be glad to take you for a dive on your visit, get your PADI certified, or take your diving to new depths with advanced diving programs, night dives, scooter dives and more!
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JohnT wrote a review Aug 2021
Seal Beach, California1 contribution
Germans are into safety and good gear. Two good things to look for in a scuba instructor. Scuba Mike is a German-born adventurer who should have 3 movies made about him. A trilogy should cover his life. A professional athlete, playing in the Bundesliga, coaching, teaching scuba, skiing, and being a sponsored windsurfer. Sorry, Mike if I left out a few things. Scuba Mike is awesome. His knowledge of diving and adventure, in general, is definitely worth 5 stars. I am no shill. I'm a lawyer who went to Maui with another hard-to-please lawyer and a bunch of semi-professional adventurers and their families. One of them found Scuba Mike and signed up 4 of our kids for scuba lessons. Although I am a seasoned adventurer, snowboarder, pilot, horseman, a veteran of snorkeling in Ko Samui, Roatan, Cozumel, Tioman, Ko Samet, Cancun, the Bahamas, and a few other places that I have forgotten, I was still a bit concerned about having my 15 and 13-year-old girls scuba. I was a bit concerned for myself as well. If you are going to be an adventurer you need to have some basic common sense and competence. The couch is the best place for whiners and people who have a small comfort zone (tip: place your couch near the fridge). Once Faye found Scuba Mike and we all met him all my concerns were laid to rest. Mike has been been a scuba instructor for many years. He is a no-nonsense German and I like that. I lived near his hometown in Germany for a few years so I am used to the no-nonsense technical and safety-centric German attitude. Faye and her husband are veterans of 40 or more dives. She said that she wished Mike had been her instructor and was glad he was teaching her daughter. We had rented snorkel gear from Snorkel Bob's. They have a snorkel report that I recommend everyone getting. This tells you where the best conditions are. It makes a difference. We had some friends that were down a few beaches to the south of Airport beach in Wailea and we wanted to meet up with them. Mike said that the conditions down there were not good and we should stick to Airport beach on that day. We listened to him, and later in the day, we got the report from our friends who said that down in Wailea it was murky and choppy. One thing I have learned in my travels to over 40 countries...if you are going to hire a guide...take their advice. Following Mike's advice, we were in crystal clear water the whole time. If you are going to scuba...or snorkel, get the snorkel report or just listen to Mike. He is trying to help you. Mike only takes small groups. I saw one of the other diving classes near us on Airport beach and there must have been 12 people in that class and one instructor. Mike limits his classes to groups of 5 to 6. In our class, it was just four people in our group. There is a lot to learn with scuba. Some things, like the dive table, are a bit daunting at first. Mike spent 2 hours teaching us at Aunties Kitchen on the beach before we took our test. He reviewed everything from our four dives and by the time he administered the test we were ready. This guy wants to teach you. He really wants to share his passion for diving. I would like to thank Mike for getting our crew addicted to diving and Maui. We are already planning our next trip to Maui and will hire Mike as our Scuba guide. Hanging out with him was one of the highlights of our trip. We can't wait to try out the scooters! Awesome adventure! Thanks again for everything! See you in a couple of months!
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Date of experience: July 2021
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Skyler Woodall wrote a review Jul 2021
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I dove with Mike yesterday and I could not have had a better experience. Not one bad thing to say about this guy!! As a first time diver I was somewhat nervous. Mike was so thorough and made me feel safe from the time I got there until the time I left. He’s extremely friendly and told us great stories the entire time. He’s full of tips and tricks and is a very knowledgeable diver. He made sure to check on us a lot underwater and point out some great things while we were below the surface. I will definitely dive with Mike again and I’d recommend him to anyone!!
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Date of experience: July 2021
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Koby K wrote a review Jul 2021
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Barry was an excellent instructor who was very helpful and understanding. He was very intelligent and had a thorough understanding of the art of diving. He was very assuring and comforting and was respectful to the needs of the group. Barry remained patient throughout the training and diving sessions. With his knowledge of scuba diving Barry was able to gift me with this amazing experience and now I’m able to share this experience with my peers. I had to get certified in a short amount of time due to a busy schedule but he made sure I had everything that I needed. I could not have asked for a more skilled, caring, and providing instructor and I am very grateful for all that Barry has done for me. With him scuba was a blast, and I highly recommend using him to teach you this experience!
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Date of experience: July 2021
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Tour732745 wrote a review Apr 2021
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Worst experience ever with Mike! I just paid this guy $635 for open water padi certification and didn't even get certified. Plus almost had an unsafe experience! First of all, Mike is super rude. If you ask him something, he'd say I already explained it to you so many times and it's just simple why don't you get it. Moreover, when I was not getting something, he got really agitated and angrily held my arm so hard, he was almost hurting me! On way out of one of my dives, I lost one of the weights that's supposed to help you sink in water when you go down. I told him I feel lopsided, he rolled his eyes and said it's just how you swim. Then we went on a repetitive dive on same day within a few mins. And he did not make us do the compulsory safety check before going. So I went diving without one of the weights!!! And obviously couldn't achieve negative buoyancy and sink. He shouted at me that I'm not able to sink even though I told him I'm completely deflated so I'm not sure why I'm not sinking. He shouted how is it you don't know why you're not sinking, even though I kept saying I'm doing everything right but I'm not sure why I'm not sinking. And he shouted ok I'm not going to certify you and pulled me down in water. The whole time in water I had to hold on to the rocks or sand underneath to keep me from floating up or tumble while he just kept focusing on other diver and pretty much gave up on me. It was the worst and scariest experience ever!! This is not enough. On one of the training dives, in the open water, he swam ahead too fast and lost me. I lost him. And so I was there in the deep water, alone, couldn't see him!!!! I just swam up by myself and hoped I will be fine and wouldn't need an ambulance! He just rolled his eyes and said you have to keep up. Oh and when I lost the weight and told him we should have done the safety check before the repetitive dive he first denied that we didn't do the safety check and then blamed me for losing a very expensive weight. This despite the fact that I spent all the money for the worst diving experience ever! Also when we were on a repetitive dive, I got really really cold and so i told him I was cold as the book tells you to tell your instructor. He just rolled his eyes and swam away. Everyone has their own learning pace and skills that he doesn't know how to respect. And nothing justifies him being disrespectful and rude like that. And more than anything it doesn't justify making me feel unsafe and leaving me alone in water.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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cara w wrote a review Jun 2020
Vancouver, Washington5 contributions
Very professional. Great teacher. Felt very safe as he checks to make sure everything is perfect and makes sure you know your stuff!
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Date of experience: November 2019
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