My youngest son recently earned his Open Water certification through Scuba Adventures. He’s a minor, so I went along as an observer for his open water checkout at The Scuba Ranch. I’ve been certified for 30+ years and my oldest certified several years before Scuba Adventures existed, so up until that point, I’d had no real exposure to the folks there. I have to say, choosing them was the best decision I could have made. The team of Brent, Barry and Shug was truly the Dream Team of diving instruction. Throughout the process, they took full advantage of every moment as a teaching opportunity with a focus on safety and practical, applicable knowledge. Everyone on the team brought something to the table that would benefit the students. Their combined knowledge and experience added value to the learning process that far exceeded the modest cost. Some might be concerned that all this “professional knowledge transfer” would be boring, but you can set your concerns aside. Diving is all about having fun, and these guys are experts at that as well. Between dives, we had a great time at the pavilion sharing stories, discussing travel and enjoying excellent snacks, including a fantastic breakfast taco meal on our second morning. Even during breaks, though, the instructors were always looking for ways to keep the students focused and learning. At one point during the weekend, Barry mentioned to me that, during his travels, he had often witnessed how poorly trained many beginners were. His goal was to have the best trained, most competent beginners on any dive boat. I can say without reservation that he and the team accomplished that goal, at least with my son. We recently returned from a trip to Roatan, and the dive masters there commented repeatedly that they couldn’t believe it was my son’s first blue-water diving experience. He was fully prepared before the dives and handled himself extremely well during and after. His buoyancy control and overall demeanor was like that of a much more experienced diver and clearly reflected the quality of the instruction he received from Scuba Adventures. If you are looking for the best, look no further. I highly recommend Scuba Adventures.