We had a wonderful Open Water Certification experience with The Dive Bus this past week; very safe, very thorough, and really fun. My two daughters and I are brand new to SCUBA diving and did our theory and confined water (pool) work near home and then went to Curacao to complete the Open Water certification. I was an anxious new diver and let the Dive Bus know that. (My daughters were fine, it was the old man that was nervous.) The Dive Bus could not have been more patient, accommodating, and safety conscious. They always stressed Safety First, and meant it. Firstly, we had a phenomenal instructor, named Carlos. He is extremely competent, safety conscious, funny and very upbeat which put us all at ease. Secondly, although The Dive Bus offers many dive locations on the island, they do their open water certification at a beach right near the shop which starts out in a very protected shallow cove. From there, when you are ready, you swim out of the cove to a beautiful reef. We saw moray eels, squid, and a lot of fish of course. I initially told Carlos that I did not want to go below 10 meters. He said we will only go as deep as you are comfortable and he never pushed me to go beyond my comfort level, which I really appreciated. We did all of the skills in a very safe and fun fashion always finishing each open water dive with a very beautiful SCUBA tour of the reef. By the last dive, I said to Carlos that I am ready to go to 18 meters AND WE DID! It was a great personal accomplishment made possible by the patient and safe approach of Carlos and the Dive Bus staff (all of which are certified Dive Instructors and all of which are all really great to talk with before and after your dives.) Regarding business, the Dive Bus is very honest and easy to do business with. They tell you right up front in your reservation exactly what the cost will be. At the end, this was exactly what the cost was, no hassles, no surprises, all very easy and comfortable. Bottom line is that you get excellent personalized service and we left feeling that we had one of those great family experiences that we will always remember with great affection. I thank the wonderful staff at the Dive Bus and especially Carlos for a truly outstanding and successful adventure. Happy Diving!
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