If you’re reading this review then the chances are you’re either considering a ‘try’ dive (‘Discover Scuba Diving’), you’re looking to qualify or simply want to see what the Mediterranean has to offer in terms of diving.
I rarely write reviews, so bear with me if this is overly detailed.
I’ve just had four dives with Cydive and have done over a dozen over three trips to Paphos in the last two years. My Open Water qualifying dives with another dive outfit in Cyprus and my Advanced (and other dives) were with Cydive. I’m new to diving and, although very enthusiastic, I was fairly apprehensive about scuba. Hence, I did a lot of research about dive operators beforehand. The factors that made me choose Cydive (and continue to do so) are:
- Their reputation (from native Cypriot friends) and impeccable safety record.
- I don’t think there are any other operators of this size in Paphos; they have their own boats (2) and publish a dive schedule weeks, if not months in advance.
- They are a PADI 5 star IDC (Instructor Development Centre) - they teach people how to teach.
- They have several permanent super experienced instructors. I can’t emphasise enough how calm, patient and friendly they are. If you’re curious about having a go, then these guys will look after you very well.
- Mick, Kris, George and Breeze are seasoned divers who instil confidence and will go at whatever pace you’re comfortable with. They are a fantastic blend of wisdom and pure passion for diving and teaching new divers.
- Excellent customer support. Emails and phone calls are replied to really quickly whatever the time of year (I did a trip in January). Christina phones and emails to answer all your questions and queries. Even the owner (Photos) replies and enjoys meeting new divers personally.
As for the previous negative reviews on this site, yes I’ve had a few dives that didn’t go to plan including one when the dive boat broke down. These things happen. It’s *how* the problems are dealt with that matters in my opinion. I’ve never felt remotely unsafe.
Regarding the previous comments about helping loading equipment, unless you’re physically unable to, then I think it’s a really good way to become familiar with the gear. Only on live aboard dive boats do you have crew to set everything up for you (and typically you have to have some dives under your belt, 30+).
As for the price, well, put it this way. A plumber in London happily charges £75 (plus VAT) an hour. Taking kids paintballing will easily set you back £40+. Frankly, if I’m going to set foot into an environment that I was never designed to be in, then I’d want to be doing it with professionals. This is what you’re paying for and, in my opinion, it’s worth every euro.
There’s a reason diving is ranked 8th by millennials for its awesomeness. Oh, and if you’re worried about safety, please do bear in mind that scuba diving (when done properly) is reportedly safer than horse riding and undergoing surgical anaesthesia.
If you’re curious about diving, then Cydive will introduce you to the underwater world safely, comfortably and with great fun.
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