This is an absolutely first rate team who provide PADI lessons and a wonderful experience.
Waded through the reviews of Dive Academy in Airlie and Greg Nadine and Wayne provided the best responses - and they lived up to expectations when I got there.
Wayne is simply the most patient and knowledgeable teacher I've come across in 50 years - and a great guy to boot. He took a concerned diver with problems passing the practical part of the open Water Certificate and after two lessons in the pool had me diving like a (cautious) porpoise. His ability to quickly identify what was holding me back - and fix it - has opened up the world of diving for me.
Nadine was a font of information and unflappable. Her pre arrival and post departure service and her ability to deal with silly questions from a novice has been a treat
Even the tail end of a cyclone did not deter them. Final lessons were postponed but delivered and Wayne's dives on the program all had special moments and were full of creatures and a real learning experience.
During the course, and the delay, stayed at the Academy. Accommodation is basic but adequate (and plans are in place to take it up a notch or two) But it was clean, comfortable and the bed was just excellent. There's wifi, a lounge and a full kitchen (where people leave your food alone). The people going through on courses and dives were memorable.
And - through their connection to MS Kiana - Greg booked me into an unforgettable adventure (see separate review)
Airlie will never be my favourite place but Wayne, Nadine, Greg and the crew are now favourite people and I'll get back there at the first opportunity.
In a nutshell - 5 for diving and instruction, 5 for the people, 31/2 for accommodation
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