I just finished a three day open water PADI course. I was really impressed with the professional staff and great equipment.
You start of Ruth watching the video, a bit booring after a while but you'll notice that it will come in handy the next day!
First day we were a bigger group, some people where going on a day trip. I was worried fokus would change and maybe the quality of learning. I was glad when that wasn't the case. The diving theachers, Chopper, Cali and Carlos always help and looked after us.
The second day was a lot of exercises...it was tough but Chopper made sure not only that we would do the exercises necessary but that we really learn them. With a teacher like Chopper I always felt safe and I really felt comfortable doing the exercises. Whenever something was more difficult he explaned what you can do to make it easier. He is really experienced so he knows :)
After the second day he even stayed and helped us with the last chapters before we did an quiz and when we felt ready we did the final test.
The third day was more relaxed and we got to enjoy our new skills and felt more and more comfortable so we could just enjoy the environment. When it comes to the animals you see, we saw lots of colorful fishes and a seahorse but nothing more exiting than that. This doesn't necessarily have to be a bad thing. You can fokus on learning and maybe dive somewhere else for the exiting animals? :)
One thing that we really appreciated was that they took pictures under water and at the end of the course you got them all if you just had a USB. Chopper which was our teacher went beyond and took some amazing photos, he really got an eye for that. At one time he was actually standing on his head under water to get the picture :)
I really would recommend this diving center to anyone who is thinking about taking a course. It's good value for your money (one of the cheepest in the world). We did the course for 520 000 COP, not high season though. There are many diving centers in town, but this one just felt honest...and what they said we will get..we got!!
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