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Best PADI shop for completing Open Water certfication

Edmonton, Canada
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Best PADI shop for completing Open Water certfication

Hi, my boyfriend has done the in class portion of his class & needs to do the open water portion so we are going to Cozumel for this in mid-November. Any recommendations on shops? I am overwhelmed by the choices! I am already certified & will just be doing some fun dives while he finishes up his certification.

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11. Re: Best PADI shop for completing Open Water certfication

This is just my opinion but when recommending any business to someone it's because I have either heard good things or have experienced good things. A good business is run well & has a good staff. Relying on freelancers gets things done but in my mind that's not the same as being a staff member & doesn't guarantee who a referred customer would actually end up dealing with.

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12. Re: Best PADI shop for completing Open Water certfication

I've been surfing ScubaTony's web site & Facebook group & it doesn't look like he sold the business but has taken on business partners (which he did before but didn't work out when they decided to move back to Texas). From what I see the staff is the same as in recent years PLUS Ruben (a reputable instructor that was with DWM) has joined the team.

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13. Re: Best PADI shop for completing Open Water certfication

Ruben is excellent, dove with him many times.

Dove with the new DWM instructor in July, he was doing an OW with 2 people. Arturo is his name, and he was every bit as good. VERY thorough, I was sitting with them while he was giving instructions. Highly recommend!

Doing a Discover Dive with my daughter in law this month. Will go with Arturo and DWM!

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