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“Very Professional, Safe, Reliable and Fun Diving School in Santa Marta”

Santa Marta Dive and Adventure
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Our diving center is located in the historic center of the city of Santa Marta , we focus on personalized attention , attending each of the needs of our customers work and experience of our professionals so that your experience is unforgettable.
Paris, France
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“Very Professional, Safe, Reliable and Fun Diving School in Santa Marta”
Reviewed 29 June 2014

Did some diving in Cartagena and Santa Marta with different diving schools but my best diving experience in that area was with Santa Marta Dive and Adventure owned by Andres and his wife.
I'm a PADI certified Divemaster myself and therefore trained and used to check different points before diving with a company for my own safety.

Dive Center/Equipment/Transportation:
At first sight, you might not be impressed by see the dive center, but there is more than just meet the eyes.
Compared to diving school in Cartagena (price are also the double), diving equipment might not be brand new, but well maintained and fully operational.
About transportation, it was done by taxi but included in dive price (got money back from Andres). And seriously, it's 15% of the diving price, means that diving price is more than correct (I consider it as a good price, even if it might be considered as high by backpackers, it's a really good deal if you consider quality of dive you'll get).

Diving:
Andres is a really experienced, professional, fun, patient and reassuring diving instructor who loves his job and lives for his dive school.
Pre dive breefing was complete and professionally done (including fun diving signals explanation, water entry and exit, crew, safety aspects like location of oxygen kit and VHF safety channel)
Underwater: personaly, had a real fun, safe dive and time (could see really interesting stuff explained a funny way by Andres). Divers were checked regularly, were funnily entertained (help not to stress and focus on problems), were shown lots of stuff.
Lunch: correct, not much, but you won't get more or better in other with higher prices. But you have enough to get you through your day don't worry.
Post dive: equipment are cleaned properly (sweet water, cleaning product for wet suit).

Can only recommend Santa Marta Dive and Adventure honestly because I had surprisingly a really good, fun dive experience with them (only time in 2 weeks)

Note about other dive experience in that area: in other school, did not get proper or any pre dive breefing (no explanation on safety), poorly skilled divemasters not concerned by their groups, unsafe safety stop, high prices...

Visited June 2014
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“Most fun and reliable diving school in santa Marta”
Reviewed 15 June 2014 via mobile

So I did my research on the different diving schools in santa Marta, and all of them are located in taganga, and from what I personally saw, I got chills just by looking at what some schools do just for the money!!! Then there is this school which is conveniently located at the heart of the historical center of the city... It turns out Andres (owner) has been diving for 21 years and his practices are not only the safest around (you're underneath water and safety is something you might want to consider) but really fun! This guy is funny yet truly a professional at his job... He'll make you feel right at home! Don't miss the opportunity of a lifetime!! Cheers!

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Madison, Wisconsin
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“The best dive company in Santa Marta”
Reviewed 6 June 2014

I recently completed both my open water and advanced open water certification, and Andres and his wife Natalia provided me with the best possible experience. You can immediately tell that safety and fun are paramount for Andres, and his infectiously positive attitude sets the tone for every dive. I cannot recommend Santa Marta Dive and Adventure enough, you will not be disappointed with your experience.

Visited June 2014
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Reviewed 16 May 2014 via mobile

Absolutely brilliant, and friendly. Very profesional!!!!!!!!!!! And super equipment. Thanks fore the great time.

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Trujillo, Peru
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“Open water course with Santa Marta Dive and Adventure”
Reviewed 14 May 2014

I recently completed an open water course with the above. I can happy recommend this company for anyone wishing to do the course whilst in Santa Marta. Andreas and his wife Natalia who run the company where absolutely fantastic at making you welcome. I went to there house where they have a pool to refresh my skills before the course. Andreas was very patient and gave you bags of confidence and was prepared to give you all the time you needed to re skill. The instructor on the course was Fernando who was excellent. He explained everything very clearly as to what he wanted you to do. He was very patient and there was no problem asking questions if you were not sure of the skill you were about to practice. In addition, to which you felt totally safe in his hands. Also the pricing was very good. The dive sites were great, plenty to see and the equipment was first rate. Overall I had a great experience, in addition to passing my open water thanks to the team at Santa Marta Diving. My wife also did a dive day with the company and her guide was a guy called Jonathan who was also excellent, very keen to make sure she had a great experience and also gave her some helpful diving tips. Good snacks and plenty of water provided.

Visited May 2014
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