My wife and I had never scuba dived before and thought that Larnaca, Cyprus would be a good place to start. Alpha Divers had come up on the internet a few times and we figured we'd give it a shot. We chose the "Open Water PADI Certification" and had an excellent time. Based on our experience, I'd like to point out some of the details we took away from working with the Alpha Divers Team:
1) Although my wife and I had never so much as snorkeled, we never felt that we were in any danger or that the trainers were being the least bit inattentive. Every time we set foot in the sea, the confidence and professionalism of our trainers/guides was of the utmost quality and very reassuring.
2) This is a very English friendly institution. If you have an anglophone background, I don't know that you'll find better guidance on Cyprus. You may be able to find better deals with companies speaking Greek, Turkish, or Russian (or I here there is a Swedish one), having a team that can communicate the finer points of diving in a way that is thoroughly understandable is very comforting for beginner divers (I'd also like to point out that I don't know if other companies offer better deals, as I didn't look. The point is that Alpha Divers' communications English communications skills are superb - not to mention friendly).
3) Alpha Divers will pick you up! Three mornings in a row, we were picked up by the Alpha Divers team by 0800. Very handy for us folks without a rented car.
4) This is a small shop. If you are working with them for greater than one day, you will know all of their names and stories. Again, this closer relationship with people who are responsible for your life is very rewarding for us newbies. The size of the shop may require a bit of patience on your part, but it is worth it.
5) Speaking of patience, our guides/trainers had a lot of it. It took my wife a good day to get the scuba basics down, but our trainer staid with it the whole time, in the sun, never showing the slightest bit of anxiety or frustration.
My only word of advice, and this is probably true for all dive centers, if there are two of you and your goal is to both get PADI Open Water Certified, please reserve three FULL days of time to get all of the training done. This may be difficult due to compressed schedules while on vacation, but due to the classroom component, nuances of diving, the dynamics of the training environment, and the different physical reactions to learning to breath underwater, less than three days could result in significant time cramming. If you're already certified, Alpha Divers will have you out on the Zenobia ASAP.
I'd also like to throw out a specific Bravo Zulu to Tim and Kevin...these two guys worked the closest with my wife and I. Even after learning about how our lungs would explode if we didn't breath while ascending, learning about nitrogen narcosis, the bends, and all the other wonderful things that can happen if you don't follow the rules, these two guys were not only clear in their instructions, 100% aware of our underwater situation, but also really gave the sense that, if you did FUBAR yourself, one of them would manage to get you to safety quickly. That alone is worth the price of admission.
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