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“Heavy Metal Tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Ocean First

Ocean First
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Owner description: Ocean First creates and supports a community of ocean enthusiasts who are passionate about experiencing and preserving our marine environments. Whether swimming, diving, or experiencing the ocean in their own sublime way, our customers share an infectious passion and excitement that transcends their daily lives. Our love of the ocean is the inspiration for our swim and dive instruction, travel services, marine biology education, and sustainability. We believe a healthy ocean is a healthy planet. Our goal is to create a powerful ecosystem where swimming, diving, adventure, education, and preservation come together to form a unique community. Whether you bring your child for swimming lessons, get certified, or travel across the globe with us, you can expect the same level of attention, safety and compassion.
Boulder, Colorado
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37 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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“Heavy Metal Tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2012

Ocean First has a first class shop and the same for the staff. I recently went with them to Key Largo, FL for wreck diving on the Speigal Grove, Duane, Bibb and the Benwood. Dive guides/hosts were helpful and attentive without being overly so. Accomodatians were first class and very short walk to the dive boat, The Sea Deweller. Boat staff were first rate too! I have been scuba diving for more than 30 years and whether you are a novice or a seasoned tec diver I highly recommend Ocean First Divers, their staff and dive trips.

Visited August 2012
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Chad K, Public Relations Manager at Ocean First, responded to this review, September 11, 2012
Thanks for the review S M! The Heavy Metal trip is one of our favorite excursions, due in large part to the excellent clients that join us. It is always a challenge to find new and interesting trips that challenge and excite our staff and clients; this trip was the perfect opportunity to push our boundaries with deep wreck dives, and was an ideal warm-up for next summer's Truk lagoon adventure!
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Boulder, Colorado
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“Ocean First Divers trip to the Galapagos”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2012

My husband and I have been training and diving with OFD since 2007 and 1994, respectively, and had a great trip (as usual) to the Galapagos in July 2012 with Kathy G (of OFD) as our trip leader. I'm picky (as friends will confirm) and Kathy and the OFD operation make impeccable arrangements and provide seamless execution. Kathy, of course, is our angel who attends to special situations with a kind heart and great diving, teaching, and personal skills. The details aren't important, but the generality is; she can be trusted in every situation in every way.

Visited July 2012
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Chad K, Public Relations Manager at Ocean First, responded to this review, August 28, 2012
Kathy says it was a blast (as always) having you two along on the Galapagos trip! As usual, she came back from the Islands with a stack of photos, video clips, and stories to make all of us incredibly jealous of the opportunities you had during your dive vacation.
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Longmont
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“Galapagos Dive Trip with Ocean First on the Darwin Buddy”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2012

This was an awesome scuba diving trip organized by Ocean First Divers. It was on a live-aboard dive boat called the Darwin Buddy operated by Buddy Dive. The divers were great. The crew was great. The boat was great. All that paled in comparison to the diving. We saw whale sharks, hammerheads, mantas, sea lions, and a host of other neat things. I could go on for pages about what we saw, but I'll just summarize it this way: If you’re looking for a dive shop in Colorado, Ocean First is the way to go. I picked them due to numerous enthusiastic recommendations from others. The shop is nice and the people there are outstanding in every respect, knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful. In a sport where safety is key, I absolutely trust their training, equipment, and maintenance. If you’re looking for a dive trip where you’ll see a lot of the “big stuff”, the Galapagos can’t be beat. It’s not for beginners, so I’d get a few easier trips under your belt first. Ask the folks at Ocean First if you have questions about the skill level required. This was my first live-aboard, so I have nothing to compare the boat to. But the Darwin Buddy was clean and comfortable and the food was good. Understand that it is a boat; the rooms were nice, and more than adequate, but don’t expect the space of a large hotel room. Others divers who have done a lot of live-aboards tell me it is top of the line. All aspects of the trip were beyond expectations and highly recommended.

Visited July 2012
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Chad K, Public Relations Manager at Ocean First, responded to this review, August 22, 2012
Thanks for the review Tim! All of Kathy's Galapagos crew have come back with amazing stories of the pelagic animals all of you saw during your vacation!
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Longmont, Colorado
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“Heavy Metal Tour (Florida Wreck Diving)”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2012

Incredible trip! The OFD hosts were incredibly knowledgeable, accommodating, fun, friendly, and are certainly the best trip hosts I've been with in 15+ years of dive travel!
The dive operation in Key Largo, Sea Dwellers, were absolute experts on the wrecks, the dive, the dive conditions, where to go and what to see!!! These wrecks were obviously their backyards and it showed! Sea Dwellers was extremely accommodating, friendly and fun to boot! Their flexibility in the day's plans and activities was second to none.
Both OFD and Sea Dwellers top priority was safety, followed by a close second of being fun, enjoyable, and the making of fond memories.
5 stars to both!

Visited August 2012
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Chad K, Public Relations Manager at Ocean First, responded to this review, August 22, 2012
Thanks for the response GB! We all had a blast diving the wrecks of the Florida Keys. The clients who joined Amy and Sage for this trip were all top-notch, and improved their wreck diving skills on every dive. We had a great mix of new and very experienced divers, as well as two rebreather divers!
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Colorado
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“AWESOME dive shop, with good diving tours!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2012

Fantastic place with knowledgeable and very helpful staff.

Visited July 2011
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Chad K, Public Relations Manager at Ocean First, responded to this review, July 18, 2012
Thanks Tedster1! We're always happy to get feedback on our dive trips from customers. Please stop by again and see what we have scheduled for 2012-2013.
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