Back to dive again in Mexico last June. After having a great experience last year, i chose to go back with Juan Carlos Garrido and his team.
This year I had decided to further my experience by taking the advanced diving certification (Open Water II) and to have Juan Carlos to be my instructor for this. After several days of very intense and almost non stop rain, I was finally able to start the course. Juan Carlos was, as most reviewers mention, very patient, and safety oriented. He made sure that I was able to master the basics and mandatory skills, even had to practice compass orientation (one of the different abilities in the OWII's certification program) some more on the beach !!! Of course it was not as much fun as in the water, but to Juan Carlos credit, it was intended to make sure that I understood and able to execute the drills.
All this to say that as far as certification is concerned it was not a "free ticket". I was more than comfortable with this approach. Given all the risks involved, scuba diving must be taken seriously and Juan Carlos makes sure that you are able to manage the prerequisites before you get certified, whatever level you are at. But that does not mean that the fun was out of the process, on the contrary ! So again, a very pleasant experience. I even went back diving with him after my certification. Many thanks to Senor Garrida, his assistant and Captain, for an enjoyable time.
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