I did a couple of two dive trips with Sea Dog. I chose Sea Dog because it was right next door to my hotel. I was greeted warmly and professionally greeted by Peter and Barrie (owner). No high pitch sale for courses or trips, pretty laid back and relaxed.
The shop is very clean, modern and has the latest equipment. I bring my own personal gear as I don’t trust “rental” gear. The rental equipment I viewed was well maintained Scubapro equipment. Backroom where their compressor and tanks were located was well organized and clean. The only equipment I borrowed was a wet suit and booties. Both of these items were in great shape.
I consider myself a proficient diver with a number of years and dives under the surface. I’ve seen my share of dive operations from high risk (high probability of death) to very professional. I would rate Sea Dog up there at the top 3%.
Briefings by both local DMs, were through and informative. Both DMs had eyes like an eagle and pointed out numerous creatures that I wouldn’t have been able to spot. They both took diving Serious and Fun, which is Sea Dogs Motto.
The highlight however is their new 115HP dive boat. Fastest I believe in El Nido. By the time we had surfaced from our first dive, the other banca boats were just arriving. El Nido is spread out, if you’re doing Island hopping its great to take in the sights by traditional banca boat. But if you want quick, safe, comfortable and quite, nothing beats Sea Dog’s dive boat.
When I got back on my first dive trip, I asked the staff how come the only mention of their boat is a picture on their web site. They said word of mouth much quicker. I guess they don’t need to brag. They got me speaking about them now.
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