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Referral Open Water Certification #46327
12/20/01 06:05 PM
12/20/01 06:05 PM
Joined: Dec 2001
Posts: 3
Denver, CO
micia Offline OP
micia  Offline OP
My boyfriend and I will be in Belize 12/28-1/1 and are going to complete our PADI certification referral open water dives in Belize. I have heard different things about different dive shop/centers. Does anyone have any suggestions on where to complete our certification or where NOT to complete it. I was looking into Blue Hole Dive center or Patojo's Scuba Center. Any comments or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you, M & D

Re: Referral Open Water Certification #46328
12/20/01 07:32 PM
12/20/01 07:32 PM
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Posts: 100
California, USA
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Hi micia,

I would recommend Barefoot Water Sports. I dove with them earlier this year and they are terrific. I know that they do referral dives for Certification, I think most dive shops there do. My opinion is that Barefoot has the best boats on the island and Mike & Dawn (the owners) are terrific!! There was no rushing on the dives, and I felt completely safe.

Here is their web site:

HAVE FUN!!! Getting Certified was one of the best things I have ever done. The underwater world is AMAZING!

Re: Referral Open Water Certification #46329
12/21/01 03:38 PM
12/21/01 03:38 PM
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Posts: 231
Prairie Village, Kansas USA
diveron Offline
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I agree with jkdiver. Barefoot has the nicest boats on AC and Mike and Dawn are great! Have fun and Dive Safe!!


Re: Referral Open Water Certification #46330
12/23/01 04:20 PM
12/23/01 04:20 PM
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Posts: 215
Denver, Colorado, USA
Loie Offline
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Dear M&D,

We just did our open water certification dives this past July with Hustler Tours. They were wonderful!

Billy Leslie was fantastic at helping us adjust to the underwater world for the tests and we felt very confident after having been diving with him. My husband had recently learned how to swim and felt completely at ease in Billy's hands.

Went back (again) this Thanksgiving and dove with Hustler a second time. Had a blast and finally reached "neutral buoyancy nirvana"! Hustler's website is


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