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Review of Scuba Zen

Scuba Zen
Certificate of Excellence
Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
15 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed November 27, 2011

Great dive company. Everyone works together like they are a family. The team is experienced and they have a nice boat. Dive shop was very open to our request and allowed us to do a dive that per our request. Fun and friendly. Worth the trek out to the other side of the island if you are coming in from a cruise. Email them and they will help you get the most out of your dives in St. Maarten.

Visited November 2011
4 Thank deejuic
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Aix en Provence
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“A great way to discover Sint maartne from below the surface”
Reviewed November 4, 2011

I wanted to discover underwater treasures of Sint Maarten island and I was not disapointed : sea turtles, nurse sharks, coral gardens and reefs, ship wrecks ... all beautiful and in warm water (although there were waves at that time due to hurricane season)! Jean-Michel and Nathalie are very welcoming and helpful. Always a joke or a nice piece of advice. Nice confortable dive boat next to the diving shop and - what a luxury ! - no need to carry your tank, it's already stored on the boat and that's where you'll leave it empty after the dive. I trained for my CMAS 2* level with Scuba Zen team and all dives were very enjoyable. Both french and english spoken.

Visited September 2011
3 Thank Road_runner_bip-bip
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Boulder, Colorado
1 review
“beautiful diving, paired with amazing instructors”
Reviewed August 25, 2011

i recently completely my instructor development course at scuba zen, not only are the instructors and course directors there amazingly knowledgeable but also very fun and helpful. i would highly recommend this dive shop to all people experienced and non experienced divers alike.

Visited August 2011
Thank astruthers
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Le Perreux-sur-Marne, France
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Exceeded our expectations”
Reviewed April 24, 2011

Scuba zen is named on purpose. We enjoyed our divings with a team very professional, really concerned about security, flexible on everything else and above all really friendly.

The material and the boat are really neat. The spots are rich and even wrecks are adapted to every level of divers. My wife passed her open water certification during our stay so we were able to dive together. Our daughters even joined us for snorkeling during day trips to Tintamarre Island and Saint Barth. We also saw dolphins and whales on the way to the dive!

I strongly recommend Scuba Zen at Saint Maarten because it has all what a diver is looking for : gorgeous seabed, good material and excellent staff (Nat, Jimmy, Virginie & co).

We're looking forward to going back there!

Visited April 2011
2 Thank jbehl
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46 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Scuba Zen/PADI Scuba Certification handled with grace and fun!”
Reviewed April 11, 2011

For some time my husband has wanted to obtain his PADI OW certification, but could never find the time to do it. Through a Trip Advisor Review we found that Scuba Zen in Anse Marcel, St. Maarten participates in the PADI Certification process. The VERY CONVENIENT twist is that PADI now has an ON LINE course one does at home before doing the practical dive element at an approved PADI site.
What a perfect solution for my very busy husband! He obtained the materials about 8 weeks prior to our vacation and was well 'book prepared' when we arrived at Scuba Zen.
Natalie gave him a quick assessment to verify his book knowledge and then began the practical part of the dive process. Each instructor, Natalie, Virginia, Jim or Theiry, is a native French speaker but is fluent in English as well. Each took the time to be sure that my husband and the other student (French) understood the instructions in the language most comfortable for them. They were patient and calm, thoroughly explaining each step of the process. Each instructor is thoroughly professional while having a joie de vivre that makes diving with them so much fun. On each dive they pointed out the various fish life, and even a humpback whale with it's calf! Scuba Zen is committed to instructing it's students not only in good safe dive procedures but also in eco friendly practices. Scuba Zen also participates in the active Environmental Program found on the island and surrounding waters. For those who snorkel, Scuba Zen accommodates the swimmer by taking them to great snorkel areas, such as Crowel Rock as well as excursions to Tintimarre Island. We just can't say enough about what a great experience we had. We highly recommend them!

Visited April 2011
1 Thank happytravlers2
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