My Wife and I will be taking our classroom and pool here in Michigan. PADI or SSI, not sure which yet, we are going to interview both shops prior to signing up. In Cozumel, we will be making our check-out dives, and also want to get in 4 or 5 days worth of diving. We will obviously be ultra-new to the sport. I don't want to be "the guy" that ruins a dive trip for 20 veterans due to my inexperience. I also want to be able to enjoy the sport while learning (I don't think this will be much of a problem!) Cost is a minor concern compared to safety & service.
Does anyone have recommendations on a dive operation that caters to "fresh fish"? Any operations to shy away from because they seem to attract the pros?
Would a small-boat operation be better than a large-boat outfit for learning? My inclination is to stay away from cattle boats.
We are staying at Caribe Blu. Anybody have any reports/opinions on Blue Angel?
SSI or PADI? Once again, we will make our decision based upon our personal interviews with each local shop, but I want to get a feel for public opinion on these two organizations.
Thanks in advance for all your help!
Note: I am also posting this on scubaboard.com for what its worth.