I came to San Cristobal on my own with a mission to complete my certification, dive Kicker Rock, and see all that the island had to offer. Jimbo helped me reach all of my goals. Aside from the diving, he told me the best spots to go snorkeling, good places to eat/drink, and even arranged for a guide to bring me on a day trip to Galápaguera to see the tortoises.
As an instructor, I can't attest that he was quite as thorough as others have claimed, but I had already done my academics and confined water dives upon arrival, which most likely explains this. I only needed to do my four open water dives, and all of these went very well. It did bother me that I didn't have my own diving computer as PADI suggests, but I just followed Jimbo and everything was fine. He is very good at ensuring you feel safe, stay calm, and above all, have fun. Galápagos waters can be rough, but under his supervision, it did not take long at all before I went from feeling quite nervous to feeling completely comfortable. By the third dive I was having the time of my life. You're going to see a lot of aquatic wild life during your training, which is a big bonus if you came here to get certified.
Apart from my course, I also did Kicker Rock with Jimbo and one other beginner. Many people say this wall dive is not for beginners, and honestly it probably isn't. Jimbo, along with my confined water instructor, both said I was a natural and that I could handle it. I can't lie, I was scared, but it turned out to be absolutely amazing. Galápagos sharks, hammerhead sharks, sea turtles, sea lions, rays, exotic fish, the works! The only downfall being that as a beginner I'd breathe all the air out of the tank in a mere 20 minutes. Disappointing, but the breathing improves only with experience.
Overall, Jimbo turned out to be a disciplined instructor, reassuring divemaster, and a great friend. I will be back!
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