With a trip to Cozemel planned, my boyfriend contacted a Scuba Phil to arrange my open water scuba certification. My boyfriend did open water training the year before and was very happy with the course and training.
After a trip to the dive shop to get my own snorkel, mask, fins and course packet, I was ready for class. The first part of the class happens at phil's home and is book work and testing. He knows his stuff. He'll go over everything at the pace you need, help make sense of the science of diving and get you feeling reasonably confident to do your first dive in the pool. The pool we used was at a dive center in Henderson. All went well so Kingman Wash on the Arizona side of Lake Mead was next.
Our Lake experience was exhilarating. Phil made sure the 3 of us completing certification that day were focused, safe and comfortable in the skills we learned. Re, his female instructor, was a patient, sweet balance that day which was easily helpful to me and the other young gal on the course. We all passed!
Something that you don't realize at first with Phil, you're not just learning how to scuba, stay safe and have fun. You're getting the opportunity to dive into a whole new community of Las Vegas. A tight- knit family of desert divers. They all continue to teach you, support you and become your friend. The weekend after my cert, I found myself in Laughlin diving a shipwreck with Phil, Re and 8 other experienced divers. It was incredible! My boyfriend and I are invited again to Lake Mead this weekend. Not paying for diving guide tours, just renting (or buying our own) equipment and joining new friends to dive. How cool is that?!
Thanks, Phil and Re!