My boyfriend and I dove with IDC a couple weeks ago and both of us were really happy with both the dives and the crew. I reached out to Eric a couple months before our travel and told him about a freak-out I had while in the Bahamas on a Discover Scuba course. I have a little bit of a panic thing at times. He assured me it would be no problem and that I was in good hands. I was really determined to get down and enjoy myself. Pool course for me (my boyfriend is certified) and then the both of us would dive 2x in the afternoon. Perfect!
IDC was a short (2 minute) walk from our room at the Post Card Inn (nice place)
Staff is super nice and friendly and down to earth. Mark would be my instructor for the day and we were joined by Chanelle and Dirk, who would both be working at the dive shop for the summer. Pool session was great. Mark was super clear with his instruction, was patient, confident and knowledgable. I also told them that I can some times get a bit nervous, but this was something that I really wanted to do.. they were all "We got you".
Boat out with the pool crew and Stacey from the shop who would be assisting-some other certified divers too, but in a separate group. Eric was the captain for the day.
First dive I was about 5 feet from the bottom then by nerves got the best of me. Mark did his best to calm me down but I needed to get up. From what I heard it was fun down there :(
SECOND DIVE--I felt like I might freak out and need to go up, but listen, Mark was all "hold up, lets just breath for a minute"--minus the actual speech but you get the picture, and we did and it was AWESOME. So, so good. My pool buddies were happy, b/f happy, me happy, I held his hand pretty much the entire time, but whatever. I was so mad when I had to come up like, no way we had been down that long.
Long story longer, I set out to overcome a fear and the folks at IDC helped me achieve that.
While I was on the boat after my failed first dive I was pretty mad at myself. Stacey was encouraging and said, you know "We all do the best we can, no need to be upset". Sweet, supportive and professional in and out of the water.
We hope to be back soon.
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