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“Wonderful Instructor!”
Review of Carlo Scuba

Carlo Scuba
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Owner description: Carlo Scuba is a 3 generation PADI dive center located on playa las Gatas since 1962.PADI instruction is offered from beeginners to instructor courses,as well as many specialties like photography,deep diver,underwater navigator,night diver,nitrox diver,multilevel diver and more.Carlo scuba is the only facility with NITROX in ixtapa-zihuatanejo.Our PADI discover scuba program is the best option to learn to dive in 3 hours.We also offer great food at Chez Camille's Restaurant and other water activities like snorkel tours,kayaks and fishing trips.Come and enjoy the fun and safety CARLO SCUBA has offered for almost 50 years!!
Reviewed 6 February 2014

I decided to take my daughters to Carlo Scuba to complete their open water cert at the end of December 2013 and was extremely happy.
Thierry is relaxed, patient and thorough...a true professional who is fluent in Spanish, French and English, he put my girls at ease and they did the skills perfectly.
He helped me have a little fun with my kids by playing along and indicating that there is a new skill that needs to be perfected for certification: the bubble ring!
They were a little disappointed that he was booked solid between Xmas and New Years, but we communicated by email and managed to get a spot due to an illness cancellation. Thierry is 100% "connected"...we filed the PADI paperwork from the beach and had the temporary diver cards emailed before we finished our sodas!
The reefs and dive sites in the area were much better than I had expected....where else can you see seahorses and octopuses while doing your certification?!?!
Valeria was eager to swap photography tips and knows where to find things underwater.
Be sure to take your own snack along...Thierry supplied sodas but no snacks during the surface intervals.
Would go back in a heartbeat....you are in good hands for instruction here!!!!!!!

Thank DiverNix
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Reviewed 22 January 2014

Thanks to Thierry for a great beginner's dive. Thierry responded to e-mail quickly and reliably to set up the dive, he picked me up from the Zihuatenejo pier, instructed us on how to dive, and then took us on the dive. He was friendly, patient, committed to making sure that we were comfortable, and relaxed. Great experience and I would highly recommend to anyone who wants to dive in the Zihua area. Also, after the dive, Thierry bought us a beer and encouraged us to relax in the shop and on the beach until we wanted to be taken back to the pier by boat. Prices seemed very reasonable as well. Thanks a lot.

Thank Wes C
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Reviewed 20 January 2014

I agree 100% with another writer who talked about the profession and kindly manner of this shop. Thierry is the best dive pro I have ever met. You never feel rushed here, from completing the paperwork, to selecting gear that fits you, to dive briefings, and even post-dive. Everything is relaxed and professional.

The dive boat meets most divers at the pier in Zihuatanejo. But if you are willingly to wade chest-deep, it will pick you up at Playa La Ropa. Or it is only a 15 minute walk from the south end of La Ropa along a road and then a rocky path to the dive shop at Playa Las Gatas.

I did 5 dives with this company and was impressed by everyone. My 20-something niece and nephew came with me one day to do a Discover Scuba dive. They did their land training with Valeria who made them feel safe and comfortable.They had a great first experience underwater.

Other dive shops want you to leave when you are done. Not so at Carlo Scuba. You are not rushed out of your gear, you can hang around the shop, or have a drink in the restaurant next door, or chat with other divers or even your divemaster. When everyone wants to go, then the boat will take you back to town.

I will return and dive with Carlo Scuba again. Also, Thierry answers emails quickly, in 3 languages.

Thank MikeyVancouverCanada
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Reviewed 10 December 2013

We spent 2 days diving with Thierry and his staff at Carlo Scuba and were very impressed with his professionalism and caring. We had 3 kids diving with our group, 2 of which were completing their open water certification. Thierry did a great job relating with the kids (and adults) and calming everyone's nerves and pointing out all of the interesting sights. The kids were successful at completing all the requirements for their certification and now love the sport. The adults all had a good time as well. We would all definitely dive with Thierry again on future trips to Zi.

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Reviewed 9 December 2013

We dove five days with Carlo Scuba in Zihuatanejo. Our reason for diving with Carlo Scuba over another highly recommended operation was the acceptance of credit cards. We couldn’t be more pleased with the operation.

Thierry is the third generation owner of Carlo Scuba; Carlo was his grandfather. We arranged by phone with Thierry (who is fluent in English, French and Spanish), to pick up our gear the night of our arrival at our Zihuatanejo timeshare. We met Thierry on the town pier the next morning and were taken to his shop on Playa Las Gatas to complete the paperwork. Once he saw how we liked our gear set up Thierry assembled, disassembled, rinsed and stored our gear every day. We were picked up and dropped off at our timeshare every day. Though were were told that conditions may require a swim, we waded to and from the boat in waist deep water. Our equipment was brought to the timeshare our last night in town, all rinsed, dried and ready to be packed.

The boat is comfortable for up to six divers, with four mid-ships under a canopy and two in the bow. Our group of four had the boat to ourselves for seven of our eleven dives. Most dive sites are within a ten to fifteen minute ride. Entry is a backward roll from your seat, with re-entry by ladder. Out of consideration for Thierry’s crew we removed and handed up our integrated weights before our BCs were lifted aboard. Nitrox is available.

Our dives were all at least an hour long, and two lasted 90 minutes! We were free to dive our own profiles, and to ascend individually according to our air consumption, where we were met by the boat. On our last dive one of us spent over thirty minutes at 38 feet watching a jawfish before moving to the reef where the rest of us were.

The attraction at Zihuatanejo is the undersea topography – and the abundant eagle rays and sea horses. The depth on one site was 100 feet and on a couple others in the eighties, but most were sixty feet or less, with much to see in the thirty foot range. Experienced divers should not miss the several sites that are a half hour distant, with a half dozen eagle rays coming within four feet of us in the surging shallows. Another excellent dive was the shallow bay just around the corner from Playa Las Gatas as was the wall leading to it, under the lighthouse.

Both highly experienced and new divers will be very well served by Thierry at Carlo Scuba and will enjoy the diving and exceptional convenience. Please tip him appropriately.

Thank Scott_Kisling
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