What an amazing experience...from the start to finish.
We contacted Carlo Scuba about 2 wks prior to our trip to Ixtapa/Zihua. Got an immediate relply from thierry (the shop owner and instructor). His father opened the shoppe in the 60's!
So he got my info and we ironed out all the details. The hubs is all ready certified but wanted to come along on both days of the PADI certification classes. For the 40 ft certification it was little under $300 which included the class, materials, pick up/drop off from the pier in zihua. We took a cab to/from our hotel in Ixtapa to the pier ($15) - a beautful 20 minute drive.
Thierry kindly dropped off the book at my hotel so I could read the first 3 chapters before coming in to the shop and save time. This was also included in the low fee to get certified.
The instructor was clear, concise, cautious, and competent. I completed the written and in water test on the first day as I was the only one in the class that day! What a treat :0)
He did not charge my husband for just getting a refresher on the first day w/ me. All the hubs paid was 80 to do the open water dive on the 2nd day. That dive was awesome!! Thierry was very aware of the divers and all the aquatic life we were approaching. All the sting rays in the sand at the bottom of the ocean he knew exactly where they were! This man was amazing! I highly highly recommend this to anyone interested in getting certified. I got my PADI card within one week of completing the class.
The beach on which it's located is breath taking a feels like you are in a movie....calm waters and gorgeoous beach and safe! It was a fun experience and we hope to return to just dive w/ Thierry again! Thanks Carlo Scuba for an amazing expereince!!!
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