My 10-year old son needed to complete his open water Scuba certification and we decided to do that with Vallarta Adventures. Before we left on our trip, I contacted them to figure out what would work best for our group...we had 3 certified divers, my son finishing his open water and another 12-year old that wanted to do a Discover Scuba dive. Jens, the dive master, worked with me to recommend trips and make sure we could accommodate all of our needs. He was wonderful to work with and answered all of my questions quickly.
Our first trip was for all of us to go to Las Marietas. We boarded a big catamaran with about 50 snorkelers and headed out on the trip. It was crowded and a little chaotic for a first time open water diver but overall, it went ok. Raphael was great with my son, the equipment was in good condition and all was fine. The visibility wasn't great and the water was cold, but that certainly wasn't their fault. My 10-year old was able to successfully finish his first 2 dives. Lunch on the boat was good and the staff entertained us on the way home.
The second day my 10-year old and I went to Los Arcos. This time we were on a much smaller boat with only scuba divers. Roger, the dive instructor and Israel the dive master were both very good. The visibility was better but it was still pretty cold. They did their best to make us comfortable but there is only so much they can do!
Overall, I thought Vallarta Adventures did a nice job with Scuba diving. I never felt unsafe (which is saying a lot for a mom diving with her 10 and 12 year old sons!) and I would definitely dive with them again.
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