I am looking to complete my PADI open water certification in Cozumel in mid December. My dive instructor recommended a dive shop that he has used and has confidence in. I emailed them and their referral course is about $240 includes the 4 certification dives (3 shore and 1 boat) and also includes 1 extra boat dive after certification.
The second dive operation quotes around $275 in which all certification dives are boat reef dives, price does not include any extra dives, but they say all dives include use of dive computers and higher capacity tanks. At this point the dive operator says I am the only person scheduled for OW certification that week, so I would be one on one with the instructor if this holds.
Both dive ops include all equipment and both say their boats cater to 8 or less divers per boat. Price is not really a consideration.
Q: What are the advantages and disadvantages of shore vs boat reef dives while certifying?
What else should I consider or ask?