My husband and I came to Marathon ONLY to obtain our advanced diver certification. After a great deal of researching different dive companies, we chose Abyss (d/t both positive reviews on TripAdvisor and the fact that they only take six divers out at a time).
Six dives over three days later and advanced certificates in hand, we know we made the right choice. First, the owner, Tracy, is awesome. She's totally by-the-books, friendly, knowledgeable, and runs a top-notch outfit. Also, Captain Bob was great---very professional, incredibly knowledgeable about every aspect of diving, and funny as hell (if you don't mind groaners like: ME: "Ow, those jellies HURT!" CAPTAIN BOB: "Okay, where's the peanut butter?")! Further, our master dive instructor, Nick Huffman, was fantastic. He was patient, helpful, enthusiastic, and knows his diving. It had been 10 months since we'd been diving, and weren't terribly advanced to begin with, but he took our bumbling and mistakes (and my irrational fear of getting attacked by a shark) in complete stride. :-) He's an asset to Abyss.
All that being said, we're already planning our next dive trip to Marathon/Abyss for the New Year holiday. Marathon is our new long-weekend dive destination, replacing PCB/Destin area.
Thanks to everybody at Abyss for making our
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