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Blue Paradise Scuba Diving Center

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Merrigan-B wrote a review Sep 2018
Buxton, United Kingdom3 contributions3 helpful votes
We booked a dive with Alex for a Tuesday. He kept putting us off until the Saturday. We organised a beginners dive for a group of 4 and we're told that there would be a maximum of 4. There were 10 of us. He had explained that there would be a briefing first, followed by training, followed by a dive. He explained that if someone couldn't do something that they wouldn't be able to dive. The briefing happened. The training was minimal while he dressed us and no demo or checking we'd 'got' it. The training was in fact us being ressed in diving gear and making sure we could breathe. He hadn't checked the kit before we went out and my mouthpiece was broken so he spent several minutes wrestling to put on a new one while we hung around. We went in groups of 4 so the other hung around while another group dived cutting the dives down to about 15 minutes and we only went about 2 meteres down which was extremely disappointing. One of our group couldn't clear her mask - of course not. He hadn't checked the fit of the mask or shown us how to do anything. He rather aggressively shoved her back to the surface and pulled off her diving kit. It was not nice to witness. There was little to see - snorkelling would have done it. Back at the surface he was extremely rude and shouted at the group member he'd thrust up to the surface who was herself already very upset as she'd had no explanation from him. Our dive was us sitting on the bottom, we didn't get to use our fins to 'swim' as we didn't go anywhere. I wanted to explore the sea bed even if had meant we just went round in a circle, but no, that didn't happen. The dive was brief and boring. Cut short by the fact that he'd overstretched himself by taking too many people out. Dreadful. Cannot recommend.
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Date of experience: September 2018
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Tilly W wrote a review Sep 2018
Chelmsford, United Kingdom10 contributions4 helpful votes
My brother and I have just finished our PADI dive course with Alex. Can not fault his teaching skills and we have both become confident divers because of this. Alex is a very safe instructor and did not take us out when bad weather and visibility. We had a good laugh with Alex and thoroughly enjoyed our experience and it is something we will remember forever. The location of the dives were beautiful. Thank you so much for a fab experience! See you soon!
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Date of experience: September 2018
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Hena N wrote a review Oct 2017
Slough, United Kingdom4 contributions4 helpful votes
The initial briefing for the dive was great however the once we got into the water the direction was not great at all. The instructor (Alex) had no patience for the beginners level diver like myself and displayed no encouragement. After a few tries rather than explaining calmly he chose to unstrap my tank quite vigorously and left me stranded in the water next to the boat while he took my friends for the dive, which was also not a great experience as they were not taken very deep and marine life was minimal. Overall an extremely bad first experience to scuba diving.
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Date of experience: October 2017
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thaigreenlifter wrote a review Jan 2017
Halesowen, England, United Kingdom184 contributions26 helpful votes
Great diving experience, good photos, videos were dissapointing though as the quality wasn't that great. Worth the money though to go and dive, beautiful waters.
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Date of experience: June 2016
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Alansreviews wrote a review Sep 2016
8 contributions21 helpful votes
I completed a padi open water with Alex and the Blue Paradise Scuba centre and can recommend him without reservations. The course involved 5 closed water (pool) sessions and 4 open water session. The closed water sessions involved familiarisation of equipment and introduction of the various scuba skills. The open water session were a repeat of the practiced skill in a 'real' environment. During all of the sessions I found Alex, professional, knowledgeable and helpful. He was also always informative and patient. He fully explained all of the drills prior to entering the water, once in the water reiterated requirement and demonstrated. I should add his English is excellent. The closed water sessions were completed in a fabulous 3m deep private pool with no others. The open water session were done at two dive sites. The first site was about a 10 minute boat trip from Sidari along the coast. There was little sea life but was ideal for completing the familiarisation and functional aspects of the course. The second site was about a 30min boat ride from Sidari off the Albanian coast at the island of Diablos. Whilst I'm obviously no expert on scuba diving I can say this site was fabulous. The sea and scenery was fantastic and there was plenty of sea life to see. The weather intervened on a couple of occasions however Alex did everything possible to ensure the course was completed on time. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience and would recommend Alex and the Blue Paradise Scuba Centre to anyone.
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Date of experience: August 2016
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