As a super excited first-time diver, I had a truly fantastic experience with Aqua TCI. I was part of a group of 5 (all more experienced divers than I) that spent 7 days in Turks all but one of which we spent diving. I had some idea of what to expect going in, but having never gone scuba diving before, I was a total newbie and admittedly a little bit nervous.
I really had no reason to be. Stephanie and Bill took me into their experienced hands and made me feel not only comfortable on my dives, but confident as well.
I spent my first two days completing my open-water certification with Stephanie. She was patient, informative, and very knowledgeable about all aspects of my PADI certification. We had some rough weather to kick off our Turks vacation, but not for one moment did I ever lack confidence in Stephanie's skills as a diver or a teacher. She made sure that I knew what I was doing and that I always felt comfortable doing it. I couldn't have asked for more from a dive instructor.
After those initial days of certification, I had another two days of true open-water diving and they were amazing. Stephanie and Bill (and the crew members that also were terrific, Estelle, Chris, and Matt) were great guides throughout all of our days of diving. We saw great creatures (these were all firsts for me, so I was ecstatic to see everything!) and had a wonderful experience. Our whole group (yes, even the more experienced divers) had a fantastic time. One moment that truly stood out to all of us as a testament to Stephanie and Bill was on our last day when another diver had been having anxiety about diving and had to cut her first dive short (she'd barely made it into the water). Stephanie took her back into the water during our surface interval and took her down one-on-one to help her get comfortable with diving again. This is something that would only happen on a personal operation such as Aqua TCI. What could have amounted to a wrecked day of diving for this woman instead became a day where she could comfortably and happily enjoy her second dive.
Stephanie and Bill are not only great divers, but great people as well and I would not hesitate to recommend their operation to anyone looking for a wonderful dive experience in Turks...whether new or experienced.