Sad to say that despite all the positive reviews, I had a poor visit. I was completing my open water and found my instructor (Angus) to be easily frustrated and impatient. I found the teaching style to be quite authoritarian and not suitable for new and nervous divers. The environment overall was not fun for me and incredibly awkward at times. I was also discouraged from seeing the thresher sharks as I wasnt ready but managed to successfully complete the dive elsewhere on the island. Could be just a one off or personality clash but the fit was no good.
The instruction itself was very rigid and it seemed like it was being read from a textbook. When i went to another school on the island, they used a rubix cube and water bottle to explain air pressure and color change in deep water. Going elsewhere made me really think I did not get good value for my money.
I found the cost of the program to be expensive (19500 pesos for the open water course compared to 15000 pesos that other five star local dive schools charge on the island) especially since the quality of teaching was lacking.
On a more positive note, Darren provided excellent customer service and Elvir (student teacher) is going to make a great dive instructor some day. Both are very patient and good listeners. Andrea (the owner) is personable, responsive and kind.
Unfortunately I would not visit thresher dive school again or recommend it to any of my friends.
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