First the positives: the staff is friendly and the location is beautiful. The rest of my experience was a little shady. I enrolled in the referral course to finish my PADI certification, expecting to finish my pool work and last 4 dives since I did the book work beforehand. The first day of pool training was fine. The first dive was chaotic - 18 divers, 3 instructors, and we were not assigned buddies prior to the dive. In 10 foot swells there were divers bumping into each other all over the place, its a miracle nobody was lost. The second day of pool work was a waste - the instructor for our referral group didn't show up, so the instructor for the resort (Discover Scuba) class tried to teach both groups at the same time. Needless to say, the referral group sat around for 2 hours before we even got started, then only had an hour to complete the required pool sessions 4 and 5. The last two dives were a mix - the first one we happened across 2 dolphins and a big sea turtle, but we only dived to 30 feet instead of the 70 feet we were promised. The last dive was only in a bed of sea grass at 20 feet to finish off our PADI testing.
After all this, I was told that the "referral course" price only included the open water dives, so I had to pay an extra $200 for the pool work. The safety issue is most concerning - I think they were trying to accommodate a huge crowd of divers for the New Years week, but you've either got to be extremely organized and ready to handle these numbers, or turn people away in order to maintain safety and deliver on the training you are charging for. The bottom line is: be very careful before you sign up here, find out exactly how much it will cost ahead of time, how many people you will be diving with, and avoid it if it's high season.
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