I came to the JM Cousteau resort with a large group of friends and family, which included divemasters, experienced divers and complete newbies. To get my open water certification, I completed the online PADI course at home, and did the pool dives and open water dives in Fiji. My instructor, Geoff, was encouraging and pushed me to get comfortable quickly. In fact, we skipped the pool and did our first dive straight off the dock. Doing my "pool dives" in the beautiful clear water, sharing my instructor with only one other student, was certainly better than being crammed in a pool back home with dozens of other divers. My open water dives were just as wonderful, and I was certified within a couple of days.
Once I finished the certification I was able to join the rest of my group for some more advanced dives, including sites at Namena. Having never done scuba before, I was in awe of everything I saw, but even the most experienced divers in my group were impressed with the variety and abundance of marine life. In fact, even my divemaster spotted a fish he had never seen before, after 13 years of diving in Fiji.
The staff at JM Cousteau take excellent care of their guests, and their hard work ensures that all you have to do is relax and enjoy your dive. Everyone we interacted with was professional and friendly, including Geoff, O'nella, Gina, Mere, Rodney and Don. I can't wait to go back!
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