My 15 year old son and I just went scuba diving with 100 Degrees. It was my son's first time diving and I have done several "resort" dives in the past - but I am by no means an experienced diver. We were a little apprehensive due to our lack of skills but John, our instructor, soon had us feeling like naturals. My son said John reminded him of his favorite teacher at school - VERY patient, kind, funny and he obviously really new his stuff. He bent over backwards to make sure we were 100% comfortable the entire day. Best of all, he came to our resort the day before and spent almost 2 hours in the pool with us - no charge! so we would be ready for the dive the next day and not have to spend a lot of time with the instructional stuff on the actual dive. (note: We were staying at the Four Seasons Hotel but I believe they do "instructional" visits to other hotels as well). As an extra bonus the Thai lunch we had at the beach was excellent too.
My husband snorkeled with some of the other passengers on the boat while we did our dives. He said it was good, but if there is any constructive criticism I might add, it would be to give more attention to the snorkelers - their guides didn't seem to be as friendly or as helpful (the Thai guys who were helping out didn't crack a smile once the whole trip). Since the snorkeling fee is rather high- I'm not sure it's worth the extra baht. However, I would recommend the dive with John 100 percent-this seems like their specialty!
These guys won't be your cheapest option, but they're worth the extra money as they couldn't have been more helpful and attentive - they even set up the car ride from the hotel to their boat. As well, they own the boat (most dive companies just share a boat with several other companies) so they kept the number of divers low (approx. 12 people) and if a place looked like it was going to be crowded with other tourists they'd pick another location. I've done dives in several places (Hawaii, Australia, the Carribean) and this was by far the most impressive
Thank you to John and 100 Degrees for the wonderful day and the priceless experience & memories.
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