Cardiff Scuba Course Comments

Below is a list of comments from the various courses held at Cardiff Scuba . If you wish to limit the courses shown to a specific course please select the course from the list below. I you have taken a course with us in the past six months then please feel free to submit your comments, we are always interested in feedback from our customers! To see a list of courses please see the upcoming courses page.


Here are some comments from our previous customers....

"The course itself was challenging and demanding whilst at the same time being very eye opening as to the realities of rescuing an injured or distressed diver.

Rob's delivery of the course drew on a vast experience gained in both the medical and diving worlds, and coupled with his enthusiasm and passion for the subject really made it a worthwhile course with a real sense of achievement being felt after it's completion.

Would definitely recommend to anyone looking to take their diving skills up a notch. Many thanks."

From Owen Balash - PADI Continuing Education Rescue Diver, course taken June 2017

"Would like to say thank you to Rob for a challenging course. Difficult but enjoyable."

From Jamie - PADI Continuing Education Rescue Diver, course taken June 2017

"What an amazing way to spend a couple of weekends! Cardiff scuba taught the course brilliantly and they also managed the group really well, ensuring everyone had a wonderful time.

I couldn't imagine doing my advanced open water anywhere else. "

From Jay Gravatt - PADI Openwater Diver, course taken June 2017

"This course provided me with the basic skills to get out and enjoy diving. I'd like to thank all the staff who helped make this such a fun experience. There is a lot to learn but you are in safe hands with the gang over at Cardiff Scuba.

Massive thank you to Rob who made our last Dive so much fun."

From Paul Vincent - SDI Openwater Diver, course taken May 2017

"A really great experience learning to dive with Rob, Simon and the rest of the team, thanks guys.

A very knowledgeable team and they are great at teaching in a fun, safe way. I had a great time and will be back for more soon.

I have definitely been bitten by the diving bug thanks to Cardiff Scuba. :)"

From Andy Scott - PADI Openwater Diver, course taken June 2017

"Absolute belter of a course, final dive was a great experience.

Could be more clarity on timings of the course but apart from that its spot on, good instructors, good people, thanks guys!"

From Charlie Sleddon-plant - SDI Openwater Diver, course taken May 2017

"Awesome course - turns out diving in a quarry is nowhere near as cold as we thought it would be!

Really friendly and helpful instructors, and had loads of fun.

Cannot wait to dive again!"

From Tom Renner, Merit Bruckmaier - PADI Openwater Diver, course taken June 2017

"After completing the PADI open water course, it was a no brainer to return to carry out the Advanced Openwater course with Rob & Cardiff Scuba team.

It is a two day add on, to your open water course which takes place down the National Diving Centre, Chepstow. As was with the Openwater course, the Advanced was again brilliant craic but very serious when needed.

Rob and Simon really push your skills on this course and offer very constructive criticism to improve your skills.

Another happy customer. Thanks lads! See you soon!! "

From Stuart Ball - PADI Continuing Education Advanced Open Water, course taken May 2017

"Was I apprehensive about diving? Yes. But as Cardiff Scuba will tell you: apprehensive is good. It shows you have respect for what you're taking on.

The team at Cardiff Scuba are amazing. I really liked instructor Julia. She was super helpful, although I didn't dive with her. Simon could not have been more accommodating. I did confined water with him, and felt brilliant afterwards. He just helped me to 'get it.'

Rob (or the Sergeant Major as I like to call him) is an absolute force of nature. He knew what I needed well before I did. Tough love, a calming word, a sit down on the naughty step, or a congratulatory shake of that gleaming head at a depth of 15 metres. He just knew what I needed to get through the dives, and for that I am truly grateful.

Today was hard, I won't lie. I made a lot of errors, a lot, and I stressed myself out a fair bit because of it. I trusted Rob absolutely when he said I'd have to repeat my final dive, although all I wanted to do was throw off the gear and mope. But had I done that I wouldn't have had the brilliant finale that I did.

Gliding through the water (ok, I might not have been that graceful), and doing it, Scuba diving, actually doing it and thinking, this is really, really cool.

Do I feel 100% confident now that I can shake a certificate at a dive master. Of course not. But I can progress and nail that buoyancy one day, respect the discipline and stay safe. And I really do have Cardiff Scuba to thank for all that."

From Steve Davies - SDI Openwater Diver, course taken May 2017

"I would firstly like to say a big thank you to Rob, Simon, Mark and all the other team members in Cardiff Scuba.

Having put a lot of thought into learning to scuba dive over the last year I am so happy I finally took the step into gaining my Open water with Cardiff scuba.

The whole experience was well thought out and organised. I felt extremely safe and was put at ease when I became a little nervous.

The course is tough and there is a lot to learn but you have the amazing support from fantastic experinced divers. I have fallen in love with diving and cannot wait to spend more time in the water with the Cardiff Scuba team!

Thank you once again! "

From Samah Taylor - SDI Openwater Diver, course taken May 2017

"Excellent course! Rob and Simon were especially helpful. After having a nervous first open water dive I was taught by Rob who helped me get through everything calmly and efficiently! "

From Alex - PADI Openwater Diver, course taken May 2017

"Thank you Rob, Simon, Gareth and Mike for a great course! From start to finish I felt relaxed well informed and looked after, gradually building up my confidence through the theory right up until the last open water dive today.

Having felt quite apprehensive at the beginning of yesterday before the open water dives, I was put at ease by Rob and the team and instantly felt relaxed as soon as I was in the water.

The theory and pool session last week had put me in good stead for this weekend and was guided through the training by Rob to complete the open water dives earlier on today.

Thank you all for your help, now I can head off on my surprise honeymoon in the hope of doing some more diving!!"

From Milly Stowey - PADI Openwater Diver, course taken April 2017

"Amazing personal challenge made even more amazing thanks to Rob, Simon and the team. The course isn't hard although it is involved and safety is paramount as you and those around you will agree 100%.

A very supportive and paternal environment reflective of the competency and empathy the school promotes and expects from the instructors and assistant staff who are with you all the way.

This course was paid for by accumulative birthday gift donations so not forgetting future diving accessories, all donations for any occasion will be very well received :-) to be purchased from Rob at Cardiff Scuba of course!

Happy diving buddies :-)"

From Wayne James Fearn - PADI Openwater Diver, course taken April 2017

"Despite my nerves and apprehension Rob and his exceptionally professional team have equipped me with skills to access a whole new world.
Rob certainly lives up to his title Master Instructor - what an incredible teacher!
I'm so pleased that I chose Cardiff Scuba to complete my open water course; they're the nicest people you could ever hope to meet and I trusted them implicitly.
The amount of information you have to absorb is overwhelming at first but you soon realise that the knowledge and understanding is a safety necessity.
Julia and Jack were excellent in enabling me to put all the theory that I had learnt from Simon in to practice during the pool training sessions.
The weekend at the National Diving & Activity Centre was daunting to begin with, however thanks to Simon with his brilliant sense of humour and patient teaching manner I felt supported and was put at ease in completing the dives.
I've had great laughs on this course and also met fantastic friends who looked after one another like we were a family. "

From Jemma Evans - PADI Openwater Diver, course taken March 2017

"A massive Thank You to Rob, Simon and the team. It was a pleasure to be taught by you all. Very professional and full of laughter. Constantly felt reassured and under no pressure. Had some buoyancy issues at first but in totally capable hands. By the time we had hit the quarry we was as good as ready. Well done to the rest of the group too. Here's to many years of fun. Thanks again guys. "

From Chris Turner - PADI Openwater Diver, course taken March 2017

"A wonderful experience thanks to the warm, friendly and patient staff at Cardiff Scuba.

As expected there was a lot to learn, but not expected was the amount of fun that was had doing so.

With Cardiif Scuba I feel I've joined a club and made some friends, at the same time as beginning my SCUBA adventure. Thanks everyone.

I will be back to practice my diving skills and also plan to take further training with CS when ready."

From Martin Ellick - PADI Openwater Diver, course taken March 2017

"Epic experience! So thankful to Rob, Simon and all the team for opening the underwater world! They coach and mentor you superbly, that fills you with great confidence when you're underwater.
The whole course provided nothing but great value to apply whilst diving, right from the get go.
I will be back soon to do my Advanced!"

From James Trigg - PADI Openwater Diver, course taken April 2017

"Fantastic Course!!!

Just want to say a massive thank you to Rob and the team for a fantastic experience. I can honestly say that Rob is one of the best educators I have ever come across. Very knowledgable and patient.

My 13 year old son was also on the course and was treated like an adult from start to finish and he loved the course.

It's safe to say we've caught the bug and will be back for more.

Thanks to all the team - you were great!!!"

From Dave & Dylan Williams - PADI Openwater Diver, course taken March 2017

"If your looking to this course, look no further. I really enjoyed it from start to finish.

It was at times very challenging to my limits, but with Rob and Simon by your side you're sure to be able to reach your depths.

I can't thank the guys enough for their patience and their skills at teaching. I really did and still do feel part of something, and hope to dive with them again soon. "

From Kelly - PADI Openwater Diver, course taken March 2017


Words can not describe how brilliant Rob and Simon are. They are the most welcoming, friendly, funny, patient guys I have ever met!

I can't thank them enough for all the support and thorough training they have provided me and the aftercare that they also offer (Tag-along Dives etc).
After having issues on Day 1 of the Open Water Dive with my mask flooding throughout the day and not being able to equalise I become very anxious but Rob helped me through this, all the way, by helping me relax, control my breathing and just being there to support me.

I plan to carry out my Advanced Course with Rob and Simon in the future when I am comfortable (but still cautious) diving at 18m.

Again, words can not describe how amazing these guys are and how hard they work to make people like me feel comfortable and safe and most of all enjoy the experience!"

From Chris Green - PADI Openwater Diver, course taken April 2017


I would like to take this opportunity to thank Rob and all his team for making me feel so welcome and safe throughout the whole course.

Rob and his team of instructors were very thorough in guiding me to complete the course with the end result of feeling confident to dive within my limits.

I will be booking my advanced open water course next month and really look forward to returning.. very fun but professional at the same time so I would highly recommend them!

Thanks again!


From Jason Davis - PADI Openwater Diver, course taken March 2017

"If you are considering this before doing it abroad, DO IT IMMEDIATELY WITH ROBAND HIS TEAMAT CARDIFF SCUBA.

The course is VERY thorough and the perfect blend of fun/banter and serious aspects of the course.

You will need to follow Robs advice and get into the books, so if you're not willing to put the homework hours in, then I wouldn't bother. But it's easily covered and not bad to learn if you listen to him.

Practical sessions are awesome, with all of the team at Cardiff Scuba not only sticking to good standards but clearly all skilled to the highest levels themselves.

You are in safe hands as we saw first hand in the Chepstow diving centre when the Cardiff Scuba crew attended a search for a 'missing diver' from a different group, who was subsequently found with no issues.


From Stuart Ball Aka Scuba Stu - PADI Openwater Diver, course taken March 2017

"We cannot thank Rob, Simon and the two Mike's enough for their time with us over the past few weeks. I had not dived in ten years (so needed a Refresher course) and my partner Nathan wanted to do his Openwater as we are off to Australia diving next week. Following a trial dive for Nathan, Rob was so accommodating and fitted us in, to the point that Mike did our theory on a bank holiday - thank you so much!

Simon took the lead in the pool session and for anyone thinking about doing a course with these guys, we can honestly say that the instruction is Excellent. Simon has an exceptional teaching manner and is so very clear underwater.

We spent two days at NDAC in Chepstow with our quilted under-suits under the dry suits to keep us warm in January! The team were amazing with both of us and we thank Rob, Simon, Mike and Mike for patience and superb instruction. Special mention to Rob and Mike for helping and encouraging me to get out of the water!

If you are thinking of diving, we highly recommend Cardiff Scuba team.
Liane and Nathan"

From Liane Sheppard And Nathan Manley - PADI Openwater Diver, course taken January 2017

"I started the PADI Open Water course this December with some trepidation, as I had very little diving experience.

My mind was put at ease immediately with Cardiff Scuba's thorough approach to teaching. I felt as though I was in very safe hands.

The tough love approach applied in the water was very appropriate, we were after all embarking on an activity which is potentially dangerous if not carried out properly.

The structure of the course and the immersive approach suited me very well.

Though very challenging I enjoyed the course very much and am contemplating furthering my underwater skills.

Thank you Rob and the team at Cardiff Scuba!


From Celyn Hughes - PADI Openwater Diver, course taken December 2016

"I would like to thank Rob and all the team for the wonderful teaching and training throughout my time learning at Cardiff Scuba. Everything from the theory to the pool sessions and the open water dives, it was a fantastic experience that I don't regret.

At first, I was very apprehensive about diving as it is something way out of my comfort zone. However, Rob and the team helped me overcome the fear and provided clear and brilliant information on everything from the dangers to the skills.

The teaching was very thorough and while there was a serious side to it, it was a relaxed environment that meant it was fun and educational.

From taking my first breath underwater, to the last swim of the course, it is an experience that I will never forget and if anyone is looking to start diving, I highly recommend anyone to take this course with Cardiff Scuba!"

From Jack Jopson - PADI Openwater Diver, course taken December 2016

"Highly recommended doing your PADI course with these guys. They have a wealth of experience and knowledge to provide, and not only that but they are a great bunch of people. Really friendly and all the instructors I met were easy to get on with and made the course enjoyable.

I was apprehensive about doing my course initially as I have never been great with open water, and at moments got quite panicked. The instructors, however, were extremely patient and reassuring, and gave me plenty of time and advice to overcome my fears. I now can't wait until I dive again!

Thanks again Cardiff Scuba, and happy Christmas to you all! "

From Rob Griffin - PADI Openwater Diver, course taken December 2016

"Thanks to everyone for the amazing experience in this new world for me. I recommend the course and even if I had some problem with a perfect execution of some exercise, in the open dives I was able to do them properly by focusing and concentrating on them.

If I have to be honest I panicked in the water once and that gave me a proper scare and made me realize even more how important it is to dive responsibly within your limits and be properly instructed how to do so, because in the end what is at risk is your life.

The preparation I received on how to confront with possible problems and emergencies was superb but I know I'm still a long way from more advanced courses on how to resolve problems.

I'm more than sure than in the future I will want to get other certifications and that what I learned until now will be helpful for my career as a wildlife biologist.

Thanks to everyone - and always remember to slowly ascend from every dive. "

From Yacob Haddou - PADI Openwater Diver, course taken November 2016

"I had a great laugh learning with Cardiff Scuba!

They are thorough and serious when need be, but generally there's a real laid back atmosphere, which made the course good fun, as well as educational. All the instructors were friendly and patient, which is great for a newbie such as myself trying to get the hang of things.

If I choose to do the Advanced course, I'll definitely be doing it with these guys!

A shout out to Simon and Gareth, many thanks for putting up with me! Haha "

From Anne-fleur Visser - PADI Openwater Diver, course taken December 2016

"Deciding to learn to dive with Cardiff Scuba was one of the most incredible experiences I've had within my life. Rob is absolutely brilliant in the theory, pool and open water sessions. However from personal experience i cannot stress enough how important doing the required work for the theory is.

Taking your first breath underwater is a moment you will never forget, and throughout the course there will be an element of fun, excitement and exhilaration, balanced with a level of seriousness about the consequences if adequate training is not provided/followed.

I took my PADI open water course during December and despite the cold during the open water dive it still ranks up there as one of the most incredible experiences to date (definitely something I'll never forget!).

Also I cannot praise Rob and his assistants enough for all the hard work, attention to detail and care they put into the students. An incredibly friendly bunch who I would highly recommend to anyone if they consider getting into scuba diving."

From Jack Johnson - PADI Openwater Diver, course taken November 2016

"Really great place to start your diving experience, great close knit team that go above and beyond with their teaching and making sure the whole experience is enjoyable.

Facilities and team were more than helpful and every member of the team I met made the experience better.

I enjoyed every aspect of completing this course and can't wait to get back into the water."

From Dylan - PADI Openwater Diver, course taken November 2016