I did my Padi OWC with TDC. It was absolutely fantastic! The house reef is excellent and the fact you do the 'confined' water dives in the sea is diffenrent class as you get to see tonnes of sealife!
I'd been pinging emails back and forth with Rosie but unfortunately she was away when I arrived. I had Amanda 'Mandy' Newton as my instructor. She was amazing! I can not speak highly enough of her. There were only 3 of us in the group which was perfect and she was an excellent teacher taking time to make us all feel at easy but have a good laugh whilst doing it. The banter was right up my street! There was a young lad in the group (12 years old) and Mandy was brilliant with him. I was apprehensive about a young boy doing it but Mandy was so good with him that I needn't have worried.
Having tried introductory dives in Jamaica, Bali and Vietnam it was well and truly time I did my OWC. I chose Tioman as we recently moved to Singapore and I chose TDC in Tekek as it was within walking distance from my hotel (Berjaya Tioman). They even offered me a taxi back home free of charge every day but I declined as the views were breathtaking. We went to Rengiss Island and saw several sharks, turtles, an aggressive triggerfish, bat fish, sweet lips and tonnes of wrasse.
The staff were all very friendly and keen to know how each of our dives went. Sitting round chatting about our experiences was good fun on its own!
A special word must be said about Rosie. She didn't just email me about diving. She gave me advice on Tioman island and how to get there even giving the details of a cab driver who picked us up from home and took us to the ferry terminal. She still emails me to this day. I have asked her many questions about dive sites in SE Asia, diving gear and other courses. She always answers quickly with great advice!
Overall TDC was much better than I expected and the OWC was cheap with them (much cheaper than at Berjaya Tioman!). The sealife we saw was amazing and the experience was fantastic! I'd highly recommend them and will certainly go back and dive with them again. I'll never forget the experience I had with them. I can't wait to go diving again...next stop the Perhentians!!
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