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Just got my Advanced Open Water cert here with Piotr and found them very professional and fun. My wife and I booked a boat trip through them last year where we met Stewart, and we’ve had several good experiences with them.
The shop seems to be able to cater to both Recreational and Tech divers very well. My wife even bought a pair of fins that she tried and didn’t like and they exchanged them for a different fin, no problem.
During my AOW course, the wind was heavy and our boat leaving from Ventura cancelled the evening before our second day’s dive. Stewart had us all rebooked onto another boat leaving San Pedro without missing a beat. I’ll definitely be returning to OADC again and again, and highly recommend them.
I went for my dive certification having taken the course online, so basically I needed to show up and do the physical training and test portions. I was paired up with 2 other gals with Instructor Tim. He’s slightly on the quiet side but we managed to get him laughing with us before too long. He was very knowledgeable and made us all feel really comfortable – which is crucial to diving as we all know what’s worse than feeling uncomfortable underwater??
Tim took us out to Catalina with the rest of the dive group, besides the weather being crappy, it was a great dive experience. Stewart the other instructor came along with his student and the groups seemed to mesh pretty well. Both had lots of experience and input to make things easier, little tricks here and there to smooth out the learning curve. Honestly, it was a great experience and I would send anyone I know to this dive shop.
I recently completed my Divemaster and IDC Instructor training with Ocean Adventures, with Karen as my DM instructor and Szilvia as my IDC instructor. I chose this pair because of my personal experience with Karen as a DM on a local Dive boat and her professionalism. In addition, I did research to see who would not only get me through the course, but actually be able to teach me the depth of knowledge I needed to be an exceptional instructor. Szilvia is remarkable in her knowledge base and was able to drive me to learn and be more than prepared for my exams.
If you are planning to be a professional in the industry, they are my number one choice for your instruction. In addition, I was able to assist in many Open Water classes with their staff. They are friendly, professional, and most of all attentive of the safety of the students. I would trust my friends and family in their capable hands. I am continuing my courses with them, even though it is a long drive from South Orange County to do so.
My wife and I recently experienced 3 days of training with Szilvia Gogh, an instructor with Ocean Adventures. The classroom review and testing time with Szilvi were very informative and helpful for both of us. The pool training time with Szilvi was also very productive and we really enjoyed Szilvi teaching methods. Days 2 & 3 of ocean diving were great. Szilvi made us feel very comfortable scuba diving in the ocean for the first time. Szilvi worked through all of our drills until she was comfortable that we were performing each drill properly. Szilvi pays attention to details and safety is her number one priority.
We have found the staff at Ocean Adventures very friendly and helpful to work with. We now consider Ocean Adventures to be our local dive shop even though we live an hour away.
I would highly recommend instruction from Szilvi Gogh and we look forward to taking additional classes with Szilvi and Ocean Adventures.
Ocean Adventures is more than a shop, it provides a community of cool/friendly people who are obsessed about breathing underwater and are excited to show you the way. Most importantly, they keep you diving. OADC sold me my entire rig and it is pretty damn sweet! They spent a lot of time helping me figure out what to buy and why. I now want to buy a dry suit and will go though them because I know they will take care of me. From a rookie diver, this shop gives you more bang for your buck and you’ll meet a lot of great people along the way.
My friends invited me to dive over near Catalina island last minute, and I didn’t have my PADI card with me. Tim who I met that runs the place was generous enough to log in to PADI’s website to get my certification number for me. What a nice guy. He rented me a complete set of dive equipment, and took the time to make sure everything (BCD, suit, tanks, regulator, fins, etc.) was in perfect shape. The equipment was top notch.
Tim’s suggestions for where to dive and what to keep in mind while in Catalina was perfect. I actually stayed an extra day, and got in another two dives because of how great his advice was. I don’t expect amazing service from anyone anymore without having to pay tremendously for it. This dive shop has it together, and it’s prices are fair. Renting dive equipment here was the best possible experience I could have hoped for. Thanks Tim! You guys made my trip epic!
My certification was my first interaction with OADC last November. The staff worked with me on getting set up for the class and stayed flexible since I drove over 2 hours one way to attend. My Dive Instructor, Karen Praxel, did an exceptional job instructing myself and the class. She made us all feel very relaxed in the new environment that we were all exploring. I would and will continue to recommend her and OADC to others that are interested.
Going with Ocean Adventures Dive Co. was the best decision I made when it came to learning how to scuba dive.