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4.95 / 5

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from London

written on Aug 24, 2014 in Luton, United Kingdom

Added Aug 24, 2014

5/5 stars

Highly recommended

Just done a TDI rebreather course with Blue Label in Thailand, and I can't recommend these guys highly enough. Not just the instruction, which was first class, but the whole operation - Simone was so helpful right from the start, even down to recommending what turned out to a really good local hotel. Ben is a great instructor, he doesn't just go through the course text book style, but changes and adapts - I was struggling with the rebreather that I had selected, so he suggested I try a different one, which got the whole show back on course. Would I recommend Blue Label to a friend? Yes. Would I go back for more courses? Yes.

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Andy Burgess would recommend Blue Label Diving    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About Andy Burgess

Gender : Male
Diving for : more than 20 years
Dives done : 301-500
Interests  :  Photography, Wreck diving, Liveaboard diving

Q. What is your nationality?
A. UK
Q. In which country did you take your course?
A. Thailand

written on Aug 17, 2014 in Brannenburg, Germany

Added Aug 17, 2014

5/5 stars

Awesome tec course in Bunaken, Indonesia

I have recently done my Tec 50 course with Hiro Yoshida on Bunaken in Indonesia.
Over the years, I have done several courses and I must say that I was very impressed with the overall quality of the teaching and Hiro's abilities as a diver. I still have a long way to go to reach the same perfect trim throughout the whole dive. ;)

Matt B. would recommend Blue Label Diving    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About Matt B.

Gender : Male
Diving for : 10 to 20 years
Dives done : 501+
Interests  :  Wreck diving, Tech diving

Q. In which country did you take your course?
A. Indonesia
Q. At what Blue Label Diving location?
A. Indonesia
Q. Did you receive the Blue Label Diving Mask Strap and Lanyard?
A. no

from Zurich

written on Aug 16, 2014 in Zurich, Switzerland

Added Aug 16, 2014

5/5 stars

Great experience!

While on a recreational diving trip a few months ago, I got to try sidemount and rebreather in the swimming pool, with Sandra and Hiro. They made a very professional impression on me and it was not long before I decided to return to start my training in technical diving.

I spent a month in Bunaken, Indonesia, during which time I took a series of technical diving courses with instructors Sandra and Hiro Yoshida, but also did receational and technical dives outside of the courses.
For decompression diving, I took the TDI Advanced Nitrox & Decompression Procedures as well as the PADI Tec 50 course. I also took in between the PADI Tec Sidemount course, which allowed my to follow the Tec 50 course in sidemount configuration.

As a physicist, I was always drawn by the "technical" side of scuba diving and I thought that decompression diving would bring me some more advanced knowledge on the subject... and it did!

Apart from being very friendly people and always happy to answer any question about scuba diving, Sandra and Hiro are very passionate and demanding instructors and their teaching go far beyond the requirements to bring their students to the true technical diving mindset. I have learnt countless skills and tricks that I can now also take in my recreational diving toolbox.

Ah and I almost forgot: this is without mentioning the ideal diving conditions (visibility, temperature), yet sometimes challenging because of currents, that make learning all the more fun.

I would definitely recommend Blue Label Diving!

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Julián Cancino would recommend Blue Label Diving    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About Julián Cancino

Gender : Male
Diving for : 2 to 5 years
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  :  Wreck diving, Tech diving, Liveaboard diving

Q. What is your nationality?
A. Switzerland & Chile
Q. In which country did you take your course?
A. Indonesia
Q. At what Blue Label Diving location?
A. Two Fish Divers Bunaken
Q. Why did you choose Blue Label Diving?
A. I met with the instructors beforehand and they made a very good impression on me. Furthermore the location is ideal.
Q. Would you recommend us to friends and why?
A. Yes. Very professional and friendly.
Q. What was the best part of your BLD training?
A. The open water dives including the planning etc.
Q. Did you receive the Blue Label Diving Mask Strap and Lanyard?
A. no

written on Jul 12, 2014 in Phuket, Thailand

Added Jul 12, 2014

5/5 stars

so proffesional and kind people

Good and honest people do still exist !!

i went to bluelabel in thailand to finish my padi divemaster course.

After a big mess in Egypt, i didn`t receive my divemaster certification, because the instructor from egypt made a big mess of it, and 'forget' to teach many skills.

when i arrived in thailand, simone and ben, the owners, made me feel very welcome.

they`ve studied my problem case , and helped me as much as possible.

they`ve arranged a very good and proffesional instructor for me, called bjorn. He works for blue label diving.

unbelievable how good Bjorn is. after his teaching and skills, i feel so safe now in the water, and i can say, now i am truely a real divemaster. and all off this for so little amount of money?

Ben and Simone don`t only think for money, instead the one in egypt did.

they think of safety first, helping people, and enjoy diving with friends.

thats what diving is for me to. for fun.

i am really thankfull, and i will do more courses with them. for sure, safety comes first, and that is the feeling i got with bluelabel. i just love them !!!!!!

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from Brisbane

written on Jul 05, 2014 in Rochedale, Australia

Added Jul 05, 2014

5/5 stars

TDI Sidemount

It took some time for me to decide the direction my diving would take, with the decision to pursue a technical diving not one taken lightly. I did quite a bit of research as to who I wanted to undertake my technical courses with and after discussions with Daren at Blue label Diving, had no doubts that they offered the standard of training I was interested in.

The course did not disappoint. Daren was very thorough with the theory and even more thorough with teaching the skills required for the course.

I have spoken with Daren again as I am looking to do further courses with him and Blue Label, and would recommend anyone with an interest in technical diving to get in contact with him as he has a wealth of knowledge and is very willing to help design a course plan to help you achieve your diving aspirations.

Tate R would recommend Blue Label Diving    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About Tate R

Gender : Male
Age : 30-39
Diving Level : Frequent diver
"I seek adventure and the unknown"

written on Jul 02, 2014 Indonesia

Added Jul 03, 2014

5/5 stars

Professional instruction from one of the best

Blue Label Diving absolutly rates highest marks for both the quality of instruction and the administrative experience before, during, and after our courses. I will continue to learn with them as Ben's teaching style is tailored well to an individuals' style and abilities rather than a mass teaching one-size-fits-all approach. This organization simply is professional and to the demanding standards of divers who take it seriously.



Excellent facilities, excellent equipment, great attitude, and all around professional with Simone's handling of all details to get us prepared for the courses. We received what we expected and their preparation of me for the course was just what was needed.



Well done Ben and Simone



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Jeffrey A would recommend Blue Label Diving    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About Jeffrey A

Gender : Male
Age : 40-49
Diving Level : Frequent diver
"I was supposed to be a fish"

written on Jul 02, 2014 in Hengelo, Netherlands

Added Jul 02, 2014

5/5 stars

happy!

I had the opportunity to try sidemount and rebreather with Hiro and Sandy Yoshida in the swimmingpool at Two Fish Bunaken.

After the try out I did the sidemounttraining and really enjoyed -:)

During the course we went to Two Fish Lembeh and Hiro went with us. he's nice company, gave good tips and advise about equipment.

I really enjoyed!



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written on Jul 01, 2014 Indonesia

Added Jul 02, 2014

5/5 stars

JJ-CCR trimix cave (user) & sidemount (instructor) course

... so even as a JJ-CCR & technical diving instructor I decided to continue my education and signed up for the TDI CCR Trimix cave course. Word of mouth and the first hand experience recommendation of a good friend made me choose Ben, Blue Label, as the instructor.

After a brief chat at ADEX we sorted out the dates for the course.



Ben and Simone a really friendly, welcomed us at their shop/home where we prepared the trip to to caves. The accommodation (on site at the caves in Khao Sok) is really basic, floating bamboo huts on the lake, which adds a lot to the adventure feeling of diving remote caves. No luxury, but all you need if your intention is the cave diving. The food served there is authentic Thai food, best I ever had... although you apparently could also order western breakfast etc.



Ben has a really well developed schedule for teaching: classroom/theory in the morning and the diving in the afternoon. I don't want to talk too much about the training dives as that might "steal" some of the surprises Ben has for you when it's your turn doing the course with him.

Let's say it like that: He will challenge you and make you understand the hazards of CCR trimix cave diving and how to minimize the risks & dealing with situations!



The second part of our trip lead us to close Song Hong where we stayed in a really nice accommodation, good food and wine... and of course good training dives a little bit deeper.



Ben is a knowledgable, calm & patient instructor, and always up for a silly joke/laughter.

His vast diving experience, his medical background, ... made it possible to always have a good topic to discuss after the training. He's that kind of guy that makes it easy and enjoyable to hang around the whole day!



Besides the side mount instructor training he also made it possible to have a "quick dip" in Sra Keow cave (where he did his 240m). So even after the CCR Trimix Cave marathon he was fancy doing a fun dive! I consider that dive as one of the top 5 I've ever done! Thanks again for that experience!!!



I learned a lot as a user, but also I will copy some things of him when I'm teaching my students! I'm really looking forward to go diving again with Ben! Either when I send him my friends & students for a course and join them, or latest once Ben has finished writing the CCR Cave 100m course for TDI!

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Jan S would recommend Blue Label Diving    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About Jan S

Gender : Male
Age : 30-39
"I seek adventure and the unknown"

written on Jun 09, 2014 in Birkdale, Australia

Added Jun 09, 2014

5/5 stars

TDI Advanced Wreck, Brisbane

The Blue Label team are consummate professionals with top of the food chain knowledge and organisational skills. The course was structured perfectly for me, which made it extremely rewarding but was not completely unexpected given their genuine interest in finding out my diving level and future goals before I chose the course or parted with a cent. The technical skill, thoroughness and knowledge of the Instructor combined with the personalised service means I will definitely be returning to Blue Label for my future training and would recommend them to anyone without any caveat or hesitation.

Nick K would recommend Blue Label Diving    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About Nick K

Age : 30-39

from Strasbourg

written on May 30, 2014 Indonesia

Added May 31, 2014

5/5 stars

A rich and rewarding experience

I started with TDI Sidemount course, then I signed for Advanced Nitrox and Theory of Decompression. I built my experience step by step with an excellent instructor, Hiro, in Bunaken which is a perfect location for Tec dives! I loved the Sidemount configuration and the challenge and precision of deco dives. I learned a lot during this courses that pushed my limits and made me know myself better underwater! Thank you!

Stephanie T would recommend Blue Label Diving    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About Stephanie T

Gender : Female
Age : 30-39
Diving Level : Frequent diver
"I seek adventure and the unknown"

from Singapore

written on May 28, 2014 in Singapore, Singapore

Added May 28, 2014

5/5 stars

Awesome dive trip!

I had injured myself and had not been diving for some time before I took the course with blue label diving thus having problems with my controls but the instructor bring thru it patiently which I'm very impressed by that. Also the group which I had took the course with are an awesome bunch as well , it was my first technical dive course and I had great fun and really enjoyed myself during the dives ! Wishing to dive with blue label diving soon again !

Joel L would recommend Blue Label Diving    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About Joel L

Gender : Male
Age : 20-29
Diving Level : Novice / Learner
"I seek adventure and the unknown"

from Oslo

written on May 13, 2014 in Oslo, Norway

Added May 13, 2014

5/5 stars

safe-knowledgable-friendly

I found the litterature informative and to the point. Instructure was knowledgable and very well qualified to convey her Messages to me, in addition to be focused and very throughtout. Good experience making me want to go on doing tec diving.

Trine D would recommend Blue Label Diving    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About Trine D

Gender : Female
Age : 40-49
Diving Level : I am a dive master
"For me the dive IS the experience"

from Singapore

written on Apr 12, 2014 Japan

Added Apr 12, 2014

5/5 stars

Full Cave March 2014

Carl M would recommend Blue Label Diving    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About Carl M

Gender : Male
Age : 30-39
Diving Level : Hobby diver
"I seek adventure and the unknown"

from Sydney

written on Apr 05, 2014 in Caringbah, Australia

Added Apr 05, 2014

5/5 stars

Great course

Certainly the best diving course I've ever done. Ben is an extremely capable diver with lots of experience and extensive technical knowledge. Ben is also a skilled instructor who ensured the delivery and pace of the course matched my learning needs. The course manuals were comprehensive, the theory was clearly explained and new skills were well-demonstrated and regularly reinforced during the course. Ben also offered lots of practical hints and tips along the way and got rid of several of my bad habits. The course made me a safer and more competent diver. I'll definitely be coming back for more.

Peter T would recommend Blue Label Diving    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About Peter T

Gender : Male
Age : 50-59
Diving Level : Frequent diver

from St. Petersburg

written on Mar 26, 2014 in Saint Petersburg, Russia

Added Mar 26, 2014

4/5 stars

Nice experience

I took 2 days technical diving with Max in early March 2014. That was daily diving on 2 different boats. Everything was pretty good: service in the office, transfer, boats, e.t.c. Max is very experienced instructor. Many thanks to him. Also a lot of thanks to Simone and Cameron. I'd like to come back for cave diving soon.

Sergey E would recommend Blue Label Diving    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About Sergey E

Gender : Male
Age : 50-59
Diving Level : Hobby diver
"I seek adventure and the unknown"

Q. What is your nationality?
A. Russian
Q. In which country did you take your course?
A. Thailand
Q. At what Blue Label Diving location?
A. Phuket
Q. Why did you choose Blue Label Diving?
A. By recommendation
Q. Would you recommend us to friends and why?
A. Yes. You are the best.
Q. What was the best part of your BLD training?
A. I didn't take training.
Q. Did you receive the Blue Label Diving Mask Strap and Lanyard?
A. yes