After doing a Discover Scuba course in Thailand, I was hooked on scuba diving. I decided to finish my certification on my trip to Hawaii July 25-July 26. I found Rainbow Scuba via TripAdvisor, and I am so glad I did!
Though it took a while to get a hold of Ken, once I met him I realized why... he is a very busy man, dedicated to ensuring his customers have a safe and wonderful experience! I signed up alone, and ended up in a class with only one other girl. The small class size was a plus.
The boat was medium sized, and was used by both Rainbow Scuba and another company, which helps both companies save money and is normal. The water wasn't rough, I sometimes get sea-sick and was fine. Though, if you do get very sea-sick sitting on the boat when it is not moving is the worst so take a bonine night before and one in the morning. One girl did get very sea-sick. They do provide some snacks and water. Bring your own towel.
For the certification we did a discover scuba first, which for many people is to ensure that you want to continue with the course and allows you to get comfortable in the water with the equipment. Then we did another dive before heading to a shallower area where Ken taught us the skills required for the certification. This was probably the most unpleasant part, but Ken was patient. He then sent us home with a booklet to read with a couple quizzes to fill out.
The next day is three dives. Two short 20 min dives with skill sets in between. And a longer, deeper 40 min dive.
Following this, we headed to a restaurant where Ken ordered some beers in preparation for our exam and to celebrate our almost certification!
Note: doing the quizzes really does help make the exam portion go a lot faster. However, you don't need to go crazy. If you're in Hawaii, Ken realizes you are probably on vacation... which means you probably don't want to sit inside reading a textbook. Ken really helps you get through the exam, and will first go over any questions or concerns you may have. For us, he even went through ever single answer on the quizzes in the booklet before we took the final exam. For me, he even modified the exam because I had a previously scheduled engagement and the review took longer than anticipated. I truly appreciated his flexibility, though it should be noted he did so only because he believed we had a good grasp of the material following our thorough review.
Overall, my experience with Ken and Rainbow Scuba was an awesome one. I felt safe at all times and Ken made it as fun as he possibly could despite needing to go through the often less pleasant certification requirements. He's upbeat and passionate about diving. He may talk fast at times, but always keeps things simple. I will definitely use this company for future dives and I would without hesitation recommend him if you are looking to be certified! Not to mention, after lots of research he is also one of the less expensive options.
Also, as other reviewers have mentioned, another great part about Rainbow Scuba is they take AMAZING pictures for you while diving. For me, this was important because it would be difficult taking pictures while learning how to comfortably operate equipment and keep tabs on my breathing techniques. He put them up on facebook later on, and I was able to share them with family and friends. Ken even made sure to find us a ton of sea turtles, some white tip sharks, and even an octopus to play with, which made for some pretty cool photos and videos.
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