The Waterhoppers Diving School

The Waterhoppers Diving School

The Waterhoppers Diving School
4.5
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM, 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
3:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
3:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
3:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
3:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
3:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
3:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
3:00 PM - 8:00 PM
About
Waterhoppers Padi 5 star I.D.C center, started in 1990 in Rhodes Town. Since 2006 also a base in Lindos/Pefkos area. Taking absolute beginners for their first diving experience. Fantastic qualified program with wall,wreck,drift night dives etc. Courses up to Instructor level!
Rhodes Town, South Aegean, Greece
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Awards
Travelers' Choice
2023

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4.5 of 5 bubbles1,139 reviews
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Missymum77
Guildford, UK66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
We signed our 10 year old son up to have his 1st diving experience with a Waterhoppers’ representative who visited our hotel. The rest of us paid a small amount of money for the minibus to go along & watch. We were picked up from our hotel. Ryan & his team are brilliant & totally put my son at ease. The bay where they dive in Pefkos is sheltered & the sea was lovely & warm for those of us spectating. My son absolutely loved his 1st experience & he was such a natural he got named ‘The Fish’ we paid for the underwater photos & they are brilliant momento of the occasion. Special thanks to Colin who was brilliant with Sam.
Written August 18, 2020
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Rosie T
3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
The diving experience did not last as long as it was made out to. You dive for about 15-20 mins and cannot roam around much due to an instructor keeping a hold of you the whole time. We were at the diving area from 10am - 3pm and that is all the diving we done and had to pay extra for another go. As a spectator you have to pay 40 euros per person and it is a really long day to just go along to watch and be there for those diving and not long enough for the diver. Overall good experience for beginners but is not something you can do multiple times over and is made out to be a full day of diving however that is not the case.
Written July 14, 2022
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Christopher R
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Family
We did the half day in Kokymbia and it was fantastic! Maggs, Leo and the team were honestly so wonderful, and the session was the perfect length of time in a lovely setting. I cannot recommend it enough, and the photos that Leo took were worth every penny (and great value too).

Thank you so much to the team, it’s a memory we won’t ever forget
Written September 16, 2023
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Dear Chris, we're very happy to hear that you enjoyed our diving trip this much! It was lovely to meet you and introduce you to our world. With kind regards from all of us.
Written September 18, 2023
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Ran1989
North Wales, UK6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
I had booked onto the try diving trip while one holiday. The boat is busy, don’t expect a luxury yacht with waitress service. While it was busy, with a lot going on, there were so many crew members and everything was really well organised. Everyone was really helpful and happy; a little enthusiasm goes a long way and they had it in buckets. After the first try dive I decided to book onto the open water PADI course. I was feeling quite nervous but the team really helped settle my nerves. There were only 3 of us on the course and our instructor…. he gets a special mention. Leftie was amazing! The calmest, most chilled out guy I’ve ever met. He really knew his stuff and explained everything we had to do in such a simple way. When we were in the water, he never rushed us, giving us time to watch and practice the skills and try them again if we needed/wanted to. My partner already has his PADI so while I went to school for the day he joined the qualified dives and had equally positive experiences.

There was a bar on board where you could buy a sandwich and drinks, the staff behind the bar always greeted you with a big smile and prices very reasonable (take cash). The transfer service was also great, really well organised, picking us up from our hotel and dropping us back at the end of the day.

I’ve met some great people, lots of laughter, sunshine and had an amazing experience! Thank you water hoppers (especially Leftie!).
Written July 24, 2022
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Waterhoppers Dive team are so happy you went on to get your qualification! We look forward to seeing you back on Rhodes, under the water, soon! Thank you for choosing us.
Written July 28, 2022
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Shelagh
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
I know this company well after working with them many years ago. They have always had a core of PADI instructors who return for many a season which says a lot about the organisation as a whole. I trusted them with teaching my 12yo through his Junior scuba diver and couldnt be more happy with the treatment he received; his instructor, Sam was the right level of patient, stern and fun, he was engaging and explained things well, and had no qualms in 'telling Ciaran off' but this was always for his safety and done with compassion and humour. We were lucky to fit in a day of qualified diving too where I was able to go down and although it is early for much sealife, we managed to see quite a lot.

I have dived in Kalithea through high season which is a great spot for try diving and snorkling, I definitely recommend this for people who'd like to try it out. Dives are supervised the entire time with a skilled set of surface divers ready to help at any moment. Ladiko was new to me and I found it perfect as a qualified diver for re-evaluating my bouancy after a break and going a little deeper. It's true that the med isn't the most colourful and exciting, but the crystal clear waters and abundant nooks make seeking out sealife lots of fun. Considering we dived end of March early April when sealife isn't so abundant, we saw octopus, squid, lion fish and barracuda!

If you fancy doing a course on holiday, I recommned booking before arrival and completing the e-learning package in the comfort of home so you're not rushing to get it done, my little boy is dyslexic so he could take his time and really assimilate the learning (it only took him aroud 2 days of dipping in and out to get the whole lot done). This is a fabulous holiday activity, but at the end of the day, it really does require focus and a little dedication for you to gain a lifelong skill that you can enjoy for many future holidays.
Written April 8, 2024
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Mia B
Hilleroed Municipality, Denmark6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Thank you for a good introduction to Scuba Diving. You were really good at "holding our hand" the entire dive, so we felt secure and safe. As an introduction and a 20 min. dive this course was perfect for beginners, diving from the Stegna Beach Rhodes. There's wasn't much to see - a few fish, but we came for the intro and to learn so the fish and other sea creatures wasn't the focus for us. Best Regards Jack and Mia.
Written October 5, 2023
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Dear Jack and Mia, we're very glad to hear that you've felt so safe with us and enjoyed the diving. The underwater world opened up for you guys now, so all fish filled oceans can be discovered! With kind regards Leo and Lara
Written October 6, 2023
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Ken A
Vinstra, Norway5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Our experience with the Waterhoppers was very good in general. All of the staff are very friendly and forthcoming, easy to talk with and look after you throughout the activities.

We did a day of snorkeling as a family and I did one SCUBA dive as well. They picked up on my 8 year old wanting to try and they were able to arrange that for us. Something that was truly amazing and she was so well looked after by Brooke during her dive. This was my 8 year olds very first experience with SCUBA.

The transportation is what made me give 4 stars and not 5. If it weren’t for the magical experience for us as a family with SCUBA for our 8 year old I might have given a 3 star.
There were almost no working seatbelts in the car they picked us up in and as a family with small schildren, that is pretty serious. No information about this was given in advance even though they knew we were traveling with small children.

I would definitely use them again , but I would arrange for my own transportation - for instance by renting a car and getting back and forth to the boat in Rhodos city by ourselves.
Written October 8, 2023
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Kevin Mitchell
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
An absolutely fantastic experience for the whole Mitchell family! My wife and I did the beginners dive with our two teenagers and we loved it. From the first minute to the last you feel you are being taken care off by the best team. The dive itself was great and all the information and advice we received on the prep helped us feel comfortable in the water on the actual dive. My wife was particularly nervous but a massive thank you to Leo who made sure she felt comfortable and grew in confidence as the dive progressed.
I cannot say enough good things about the experience, the team and especially Leo. A must do whilst in Rhodes!
Written October 21, 2023
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Dear Mitchell family, thank you so much for your amazingly kind words! I'm really glad for being part of your holiday and make all of you enjoy the diving this much. With kind regards Leo
Written October 23, 2023
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Jbachfro
Copenhagen, Denmark158 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Family with 3 kids aged 8, 12 and 15 and Dad (qualified diver) and Mom (can’t dive/ burst eardrum). We had a blast. Kids had great intro dives with the youngest being a ‘Bubblemaker’ having a 1:1 experience. Everything was incredibly safe, comfortable and best of all fun.

We arranged for pick up from the hotel to the boat and had a 40 min boat trip to Kalithea bay. The first dive was 20 mins and after a break the second dive was a bit longer. Qualified diver had a 45 min dive. Nice visibility with lots of fish. In between there was lots of time to snorkel.

All the employees were fantastic, especially Mike who showed us the ropes and Sharon who took us round. Thanks to all for a great day in the water and for getting our kids hooked on diving.
Written October 21, 2023
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kerrypenguin2005
Peterborough, UK22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
The lovely Nicola came to our hotel offering free discovery sessions in the pool.
I am a qualified diver although hadn't dived in some years. I text Nicola explaining I was nervous but she was very reassuring and explained every aspect should I book answering all my questions.
On the day, I was picked up from my hotel and did 2 beach dives in Kolympia with Sam.
Sam was amazing, really easy to chat to, listened to me at every stage and we had 2 really nice dives. Manage to spot some octopus and some beautiful fish.
Can't recommend these guys enough. Was a really great day and dropped off at the end of the day back to my hotel.
Met Brooke too as she was taking new Divers out at the same beach.
Great people all round. Wouldn't hesitate to book again.
2 dives with all kit and air Included and transport worked out about £99
Written May 14, 2024
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