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DiveVIP
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Owner description: located in sabang beach, puerto galera. Dive VIP is a small, professional dive centre with Instructors and Guides who have over 20 yrs experience diving and teaching in the area.
Reviewed September 23, 2011

I am a returning customer since 5 years and this is the no nonsense place I prefer over all others. Nothing super fancy about the place but I've appreciated friendly and very professional guidance all the way from Open Water to Divemaster level. Feeling VIP every time, and I very much recommend the place if you want to concentrate on diving with serious instructors and divemasters in a group that's not too big. Really cheap accommodation is also available at the back of the shop if you want to save money.

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Reviewed September 1, 2011

In medical residency training i was thought that knowledge comes with experience and good practice and in military i was mind set that superiority comes with respect and trust. I worked as a physician for the president of the philippines connected with presidential security group and having a tough responsibility i never forget to have also some focuses and sometimes relax a bit.I am a diver for almost 2 years now and being an open water i felt that there were gaps in my knowledge and skills as a diver. As a marine biology conservation and underwater photography enthusiast i know that i must fill in those gaps.... I met so many dive instructor as i ventured the dive sites within the confines of the Philippines and i can say that finding the best mentor is like choosing the best brand and style of rubber shoes to fit in a certain sport..
I dove at DIVE VIP last February 2010 with JOHN BARRATT few weeks after i got my CMAS Open water certification together with my former GF. She (my former GF) found the DIVe VIP by browsing through the internet.. As newbies we were a bit scared that time but the assurance that was given to us by john boosts our confidence and that made us comfortable underwater. During the dive THERE IS NO SINGLE MINUTE that john barratt did not lay his eyes on us trying to check if everything is ok and constantly checking our gauges...That made my first ever dive (aside from the CMAS Training) highly satisfactory and enjoying...
Presently, i have gone so far since my first dive and encountered many sites here in the philippines but the pressure and yet so many questions that still in my mind, that made me pursued to take the PADI advance course and with no hesitation i contacted JOHN BARRATT and DIVE VIP to mentor me. The training cost is very reasonable ..... food accessibility is just few steps away, the room is very clean and everything is provided..
Learning and training with john was very comfortable. DIVE VIP offers a serene atmosphere very good for relaxing....

When i finished the course and its time for me to go i scanned the dive shop's wall and i saw the quote "experienced instructor uncompromising safety, thorough and responsible scuba diving training" and its perfect depiction of what John Barratt and the shop is. Respectable lifestyle, professional teaching methods, safety first concerns, good camaraderie and comfortable place to stay in, that solved my puzzle for choosing the right dive instructor for me-

- Dr Samuel A . Zacate
M03 Presidential security group
Malakanyang, manila

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Reviewed January 10, 2014
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Reviewed July 21, 2013 via mobile
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