We were first timers and very nervous about scuba diving. Breathing 40 feet under water, are you crazy?! But Jeff and Chris (the two guys you'll be diving with) are funny, relaxed and truly love what they do. Their enthusiasm is contagious and you'll find yourself not only laughing along with them, but also climbing on the front of their boat to take in the views or doing a front flip dive off the roof of the boat into the ocean, and they encourage it!
They'll take you on two dives, the first to get you acquainted where you'll slowly follow a rope down to 30 feet or so. They second dive is much more fun and you'll see everything from urchins to turtles to eels and fishes so colorful any description would do them injustice! Both are boat dives (as opposed to shore dives) so you really get a feel for it on your very first try. Scuba diving itself is a tremendously awe inspiring experience, but having great instructors like Jeff and Chris is a huge bonus.
The other great thing about Oahu Diving is that they'll have good equipment which will fit you (I am 250 lbs, 6 ft 2 in), and they take dozens of pictures (we got 20+) which they will email them to you for free. Chris has been teaching for 10+ years and is the manager (he'll most likely be the one you'll speak with if you call them) and takes care of the nitty gritty and finances. Jeff has 3+ teaching experience and is just an all-around awesome guy, the kind you'd like to have a beer with after work. His laid back attitude will really help you relax and get comfortable. In the water, but they're both very attentive and professional. They'll check up on your every few minutes to make sure you're doing okay and have enough air.
A two tank dive will run you $114 including taxes and fees, but I think they offer a generous discount for firemen, military personnel and policemen (It's $89+tax). Their credit card machine wasn't working when we went so we paid in cash so give them a call ahead of time if you intend to use a credit card. All in all, these guys are awesome and I would recommend them to anyone, especially if you're a first timer.
P.S. If you're wondering, the scariest moment is when you're 1 foot below on your very first jump, remember to hold on to your mask and mouth piece! After that you'll wonder why humans weren't born with gills, it just feels so natural. Whichever company you decide on, make sure you try scuba diving at least once in your life, it's something you'll remember...and can brag about!
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