I was really apprehensive about diving before coming big blue to do my open water, in fact on the first day after doing the pool session and watching the videos I was pretty much hysterical. Like most people the first time I tried bbreathing underwater with a regulator I really didn't like it, only unlike most people I started overthinking diving as a whole and pretty much felt like I would end up dropping out of the course.
To the total credit of big blue however I actually ended up staying for 2 extra days to do my advanced I loved it so much. My instructor, Rich, and his assistant Dave, were very calm and very attentive, they were happy to spend extra time in the pool session with me so that I could go through the rest of the skills at my own pace, and they managed to make me feel comfortable and calm enough that I could descend with the group. That is a hell of a feat considering I was so anxious I was in tears telling my friend I couldn't do it the night before!
Thanks to big blue my confidence has just grown and grown, they've introduced me to a sport that I really love and made the whole experience great fun!
The only thing that could be improved is the organisation for accommodation. Me and my friend ended up on separate resorts the first night despite there being an empty bed in my room.
I love big blue and I'm sure I'll go back someday, what a great experience!