I have been diving for over 5 years. I was diving with John Russell while he was certifying a class. After reporting the following things, he is no longer certified with PADI (put in diver number 40957 at http://www.padi.com/scuba/prochek/Default.aspx):
1) Diving in a restricted area. There were plenty of signs that said the bacteria content was too high too swim. He disregarded my comments that it wasn't a place to go diving.
2) Poorly maintained equipment. My secondary was filled with sand and he would not give me a new one. When we got into the water, I found that my primary had a leak which allowed water to get into my mouth with every breath. I had to leave the group to change it out.
3) Did not meet certification requirements. The maximum depth that the class went was only 12 f...
You will love the folks at Gigglin' Marlin Dive & Swim. They rock!
Terry Nooner (Owner) has a PhD in physiology for starters. 4 of us took a beginner course from him 29 years ago. We referred four other couples to him and two of those people were poor swimmers and frightened by the idea! He was so kind, reassuring and patient with them that they had no trouble certifying and are now avid divers. We've all been on multiple trips with him and his crew (organized by his shop) and everyone has nothing but great things to say about Terry and the arrangements made for the trips. He's honest, caring, helpful, knowledgeable, fun and funny. Everyone that I've met that works for him is cut from the same cloth. I've talked with lots of divers who've used other shops and instructors and I've heard a lot of complaints! Not so for St Croix Scuba. No matter where you...
I have not had good results with this shop. The owner has a bad attitude and treats people like crap.
Please if you are serious about becoming a scuba diver and want to know how to do it right and have fun don't waste you money with these clowns 👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻
Great prices on dive gear. Usually beats the online shops and has a price match guarantee.
Jeff is an excellent instructor! He makes you feel comfortable, explains all the gear so you don't feel intimidated. He has many years of experience and I would highly recommend him for any of your SCUBA needs.
Great local shop. dean is super helpful and certified my 14 year old in the sound. he is patient and knowledgeable. the shop is fully stocked and really cute. I've been diving for 25 years and I wanted my daughter in good hands and she was.
has a sunken school bus. little silty first dive ever
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