Your first impression of a dive centre can speak volumes – pay attention to the professionalism, cleanliness, and organization within the shop. Don’t hesitate to return with questions or to request further information.
The manner in which your queries are dealt with will tell you whether you are suited to this centre or not. Rapport and communication are essential, as they denote a certain level of service right off the bat. Questions to ask:
1.Ensure that your instructor is fluent in English or the language you wish to speak.
2. Check that the diving equipment is in good condition – ask to see it.
3.Check if there is a taxi that can bring you from your hotel to the dive shop, and back again after your day diving. Double-check to ensure that departure times are clear.
4.Ask to see a photo of the boat, and inquire as to the level of comfort that the boat offers (2 hours on a wooden bench is a LONG time...)
5.Are there oxygen, an emergency first aid kit, and life jackets on board?
6.Is the dive centre affiliated with a recompression chamber?
7.And of course, the price... keep in mind that it may be better to pay a little bit more and have peace of mind, rather than potentially sacrifice your well-being for the sake of a few Euro. Be wary of dive centres who immediately offer a discounted rate.