My friend and I made our open water and our open water advanced license at big blue diving. Through a friend's recommendation and the good reviews on the Internet we have decided for this dive. Our questions were answered very quickly and exceptionally detail in advance by E-Mail.
After the long journey the welcome for us was unfortunately something very fast and impersonal, for the entire team to our above requirements turned a but. We asked in addition to the English-speaking instructors also to someone who can speak German and not to large group. It pledged to both us and it was filled with both.
The Assistant of the instructor is able to answer questions on German with communication difficulties. And the group, which usually consists of up to 6 people, consisted of 4 people. Ant, our Divemaster, individually turned on us and asked regularly, whether we understood everything and whether questions would be open. Also, he tried to leave in addition to the whole theory not neglected also the funny thing is. The skills one learns when the diver and has trained with us so hard were now in hindsight very useful and good.
The courses are held on three or four consecutive days. Advantage is that you can integrate to this without problems during his vacation. Downside is, it is somewhat exhausting and one would wish more time alongside this course something to relax a little and also pocket the learned.
A clear advantage is the price. No place on Earth is known to me, where you better make his diving license can as in Thailand - and now especially on Koh Tao. Compared to Thailand, the price for a diving in the Maldives is located at the triple.
Furthermore also offers dive resort lodging options. Here, I would recommend but by the free and not renounce a little comfort. Through the bars can be at night even louder at the free accommodations.
At the time of the season, it will be very crowded and the courses be also fully occupied. Who has the ability and quiet like it, should not drive therefore better between December and February there.
Diving has now become our hobby and we regret never having made it to the wall there. Clear recommendation!