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Suzanne was an awesome instructor. She explained this well and was very patient.

 

Bob is a great instructor and he was very patient while we were practicing the underwater skills.

 

Andrew Kerner made our class diving safe, fun and exciting! He help build my self confidence under the water. He is an awesome "Dive Instructor". :-)

 

Great energy, enthusiasm and pedagogy, able to conduct class in great atmosphere while providing safe and relevant instruction. Great humor, made the whole process both fun and safe. Very patient and good natured instructor!

 

Very Knowledgeable & enthusiastic

 

Bob Weeks is an excellent instructor. He knows everything about the area, and about how to deal with students. He's especially good at diffusing any fear a student may have about diving.

 

Bob is clearly a master at scuba diving and I felt comfortable asking him any questions I had. His answers were appropriate for my level of experience but he still had me thinking critically.

 

Andrew was a very motivated instructor who has an amazing amount of experience to draw upon. His ability to connect with every student and make sure that all questions are answered makes him a good teacher. His best quality is his energetic attitude and ability to satisfy the curious mind.

 

Bob was extremely flexible and accommodating. There were students who couldn't get into the UCSD class and he went out of his way to accommodate them. Also, I felt very safe having him as an instructor. No matter what could or would happen, I felt that he was always there and ready to deal with it; or if necessary, come to the rescue! :) Also want to remark on Bob's patience. It can be tricky learning to communicate underwater, but I found that Bob was always very kind and patient.

 

Very engaging instructor. Ensured our safety.

 

I really enjoyed working with Mike. He knows what he's doing and cares about his students

 

Classroom was thorough but time consuming. I would have preferred more independent studying and video review followed by testing in the classroom rather than a very long class with clarification on material we could study independently.

 

Great guy.

 

I found the classroom material to be repetitive, but the stories and conversations between videos really helped to keep me engaged.

 

He taught us the material in a timely, orderly fashion and answered any questions we had about scuba diving.

 

The instructors both went over the material and allowed us to learn from our mistakes and gave real examples of when/where to apply what we learned from the knowledge reviews/tests.

 

Bob and Andrew are great instructors and truly care about our safety and enjoyment during this experience.

 

Bob was great. Straight forward, understanding, patient, knowledgable.

 

Instructors Bob and Suzanne where really cool people, they were motivational, enthusiastic, friendly and are experts at scuba diving.

 

Bob was great and kept me involved with what I was learning even when I was losing pace.

 

Bob is a great instructor. I could not have asked anything more. I'm sad that we will no longer be able to learn from him as he seems to know an endless amount of information about scuba diving.

 

Bob and Andrew demonstrated great patience to help me get my buoyancy right. Safety first is definitely on their mind.

 

Bob & Suzanne make a great team and both have immense experience diving and instructing. They both take a strong interest in the students' well being. It's nice to see instructors who love the sport so much and are in it for the right reason....to promote diving and share their knowledge/experiences. I like the fact that Bob always provides valuable feedback right after a dive on a students performance...what to correct and what to do better. This is very valuable. I also like the website...it contains useful information/resources...no fluff. I also like the fact that the instructors are unpretentious....in some ways old school...diving with a weight belt...this is appreciated. I know insructors that have never worn weight belts and could not show me how to ditch and don one !! Granted I know equipment is changing....:)

 

I liked both of them. Both were very approachable, informative and instructive.

 

Bob was great! You can tell scuba is his passion and that he loved teaching new students. He was patient when needed and made sure everyone was safe and comfortable. I'd love to learn all my scuba skills from Bob!

 

Always positive, always informative (even through the slightly corny classroom required material).

 

Mary was a wonderful teacher! She answered any and all questions we had and encouraged discussion in class. I hope her the best with her little one!

 

Great instructor!

 

Andrew is a very interesting and supportive instructor.

 

Great!

 

(For Bob Weeks)

 

Andrew is a very nice guy, although sometimes I didn't get his cold jokes. I wish I would dive with him in the future, but I might not be in San Diego for a long time.

 

There were a few times Mike was unprepared with air tanks and small pieces of gear and such but overall he was excellent. He knew what he was talking about and knew how to portray it well to the group, safety was his first priority, and he was very respectful.

 

Acknowledged her inexperience teaching but her ample experience diving more than made up for it. Made sure to clarify instructions and was patient with us.

 

He was great!

 

Bob was highly enthusiastic & taught at a pace that the students could easily follow.

 

Andrew is fantastic! Love him!

 

Instructors were awesome despite large class size.

 

Bob is truly a great instructor! Very knowledgeable, extremely patient and easily approachable.

 

Understood fears and very calming.

 

I appreciated his direct feedback. He seemed to deal fairly well with what must be a very stressful situation - responsible for a bunch of yahoos in a dangerous environment. Thanks again!

 

Bob and Suzanne Weeks were very motivated, friendly and well informed. Thank you!

 

It was always fun learning from Andrew. He made us laugh all the time. You would never feel low with this instructor he boosts up the energy of the class.

 

Very patient, knowledgable, and detail-oriented! Easily picks up on your trouble spots without you having to ask and corrects them!

 

Bob was great! Really enjoyed the class!

 

Andrew was an awesome dive instructor. Extremely helpful, clear, and supportive while always making sure we had a good time. Would take another class with him in a heartbeat.

 

Andrew was an amazing instructor, would highly recommend taking him.

 

I suggest that UCSD Natatorium pool need to be cleaned and maintained regularly.

 

Bob and Suzanne were both fantastic instructors. They were on time, prepared and even brought the class snacks!

 

Same comments apply, this truly was a great experience that sparked a profound interest in Scuba diving in me. Thank you.

 

Instructor can be bit more patient with the students. Expects the student to grasp the skill immediately, given the schedule I agree it’s tough to spend a lot of time teaching same skill again and again but can be bit more easy on students. Apart from this Bob was definitely a great instructor giving immediate feedback on where to improve and how to improve as well.

 

Bob did a great job scheduling around conflicts some of us had- even doing the same dive multiple times to ensure that each of us completed the dives we needed. He went above and beyond for our class and I'm grateful for the opportunity to take a class with him.

 

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Andrew, bob, sue and the dive masters that volunteered to participate on the ocean dives were awesome. I am excited to dive with and learn from the in the future

 

Also a great guy.

 

Great conversations and stories and I really enjoyed the fish identification that we took the time to do. Great snacks too! Thank you!

 

He was very good at making suggestions for our improvement in a courteous manner. He also reinforced lessons and techniques that were especially important for us to master.

 

When I missed an ocean session and made up the class, I thought Bob might feel troublesome because he is busy and I asked him the alternative ocean session since 6:30. However, he taught me really carefully and kindly. I love him.

 

Andrew was a wonderful instructor that kept the safety of the students as the priority. He was very clear about what we were supposed to be doing at any given time whether it was by giving instructions on the surface or under water. Honestly I can't think of a better way to have experienced scuba diving for the first time. Andrew was always available to answer questions, offer advice, or tell a "great" joke and I'm excited to continue my learning.

 

Bob and Andrew are great instructors and truly care about our safety and enjoyment during this experience.

 

Bob was great in the pool as well, patient, knowledgable, helpful.

 

Andrew is awesome. The man is a life saver

 

Mike was the best! He was always in a good mood and taught everyone in the class at the level they needed to succeed. He made sure everyone was comfortable in what we were learning. Highly recommend him as an instructor

 

Thanks alot!

 

(For Andrew Kerner)

 

I wish Andrew could give me more time to descend by myself rather than help me by pulling me down. I just want to practice and get used to diving without instructor soon.

 

No comments. Was great!

 

Bob was really great! He definitely gave a lot of tips to improve especially descent control and bouyancy control. He is very approachable and helped me to improve on few skills I was struggling with initially.

 

He is awesome!

 

He was really helpful out in the ocean letting us know about his experience and always motivated us.

 

Comments About the Classes

Class was overall great! Only complaint would be that the Natatorium Pool was fairly dirty. Lots of stuff floating around.

 

Main gym pool was NOT very clean

 

Class was lots of fun.

 

This class is a great way to get introduced to scuba diving and helps to establish a good base for diving.

 

The scuba videos were a little bit slow and redundant, but I understand the need for repetition due to the large amount of information. If at all possible, maybe something more interactive. The videos could be assigned to be watched at home

 

Everyone should get certified-great class

 

The class was the perfect size. We were able to partner up effectively and I felt like the supervision was superb with both Bob and a divemaster watching our groups. The chemistry within each of the groups was also very good so that helped with the course as well.

 

Really the only complaint I have is the state of the pool at UCSD's Natatorium. It was pretty filthy.

 

Very fun and interesting class.

 

Great class!

 

Andrew was an awesome instructor. It was a pleasure learning from him and the dive masters that were there to help at the ocean dives were very helpful. I was able to dive with Dive Master Scott and he gave a lot of useful guidance and encouragement to develop my diving further. The pool that we practiced in was disturbingly dirty. I do not desire to ever be in the pool again after seeing how dirty and unfiltered it is. Band aids, clumps of hair, and even skin could be seen in the water.

 

Loved it!

 

I think this was a really good class size, and enabled all of us to receive the attention we needed without taking too much time.

 

I thought the class was divided up in such a way (Bob had 3 groups and Andrew had 4 groups) that it gave each student the attention they needed to learn all skills required and become confident in them.

 

The pool needs to be scoured for mold. When there are many students in the pool kicking their fin across the bottom, all the black mold in the tiles starts going everywhere.

 

I'm glad it got done quickly, but 6 hours on a saturday ending late to be at the beach at 6am the next morning for another 6 hours is exhausting and painful. The exhaustion inhibited my abilities in the class.

 

I like the class, the instructors, and the people in the class. I wish I can have more classes like this where you learn real things and use it in real life experiences. This is going to be so great whi I get my scuba gears.

 

The decision to take this class has been one of the best I've ever made.

 

Vetting of prospective students (e.g.: making sure they are reasonably competent in open water) might be a good idea. Aside from this, the instructor was extremely flexible and did his best to work around each student’s schedule. I can’t say enough good about the instructor.

 

the class is fun, dives are awesome

 

I thought the water in the pool could have been cleaner...I know it does get a lot of use during the summer with various summer programs. If there is one thing I dislike its a dirty pool. Regarding the night dive, it seemed there was some confusion on the expectations that night. I also felt there were too many students out in the same area at one time. So perhaps spacing out the two groups might be helpful, either different spots not too far apart or timing them out. I know it can be difficult with too many students at night.

 

Awesome, I thoroughly enjoyed the classes and dives.

 

The class was great! I feel like I had enough time to learn the material, apply it in a controlled environment, and then take it all the way to the ocean. I feel very comfortable and confident in my scuba abilities thanks to this class!

 

If certain individuals are struggling, it can create slightly stressful scenarios for their classmates (especially in open water). If possible, it might be a good idea to segregate people who are struggling from the folks who are a bit more up to speed.

 

The overall cost of the class was very unclear. It should be clearly stated that the BCD, regulator, wetsuit, scuba tank, and weights need to be rented separately and are not covered as part of the enrollment cost of the class. This adds a significant amount to the cost of the class.

 

LOVE this class!!! The class's location and times were perfect for a part-full time student. The description on the UCSD REC catalog said however, that rentals were included in the overall price. While was not a major issue and didn't turn me away from the course, it was a bit misleading. The rentals were no problem actually and were actually priced extremely generously. A big thank you to the staff at Ocean Enterprises for being so friendly and helpful!!

 

Great class. Lots of fun and the instructor was very helpful w/ people's problems in the class.

 

Thanks Andrew, Bob, Suzanne, Winston, and Shannon for the wonderful course! The experience in general was very nice. However, I did find the size of the class was a little bit too big. I understand the cost issue, but the waiting time is kind of long in the sea. However, the buddies I met were great.

 

I had an absolute blast. I thought the locations were extremely convenient, the times were well suited for a college student schedule, my only complaint would be having pool dives the night before early ocean dives. Not only was all my gear still wet but there was one weekend I only got a few hours of sleep before an early morning because our pool dive went late. If this can't be changed its not detrimental to the experience but would be nicer if constructed differently in my belief.

 

It was great! I had so much fun!

 

Fun class, I personally had a bit of more time on my hands so I thought the class could have been quicker but there was always sufficient time to complete assignments and review things.

 

It was great! However, I wish the pace was slightly slower to learn more difficult skills better.

 

Love my coach and buddies!

 

Instructors worked hard to compensate for large class size. Although the instructors were great, the class is extremely repetitive and contains lots of useless information. It would be much better if we did not have to waste our time watching PADI movies. They are not helpful. The purpose of paying instructors is to have them teach, not to watch a boring video.

 

The class was great. I'm happy UCSD offers recreational courses in SCUBA.

 

Very challenging and satisfying class with supportive and understanding instructors.

 

Moved at a good pace, great instructors

 

This was a really fun class. I think it covered pretty much everything I needed to know to get started diving safely. My only complaint is that the reading/videos occasionally felt more like an infomercial for PADI than a lesson.

 

The natatorium pool had dirty bandaids that remained the the pool for over a week. This was a bit repulsive. Our instructors on the other hand were wonderful!!

 

The swimming pool at times was dirty with bandages floating around

 

Class was fun, and reasonably paced (coming from someone with hardly any swimming experienced)

 

General Comments

Rescue diver class or a mixture of adventure dives (other than the ones in advanced) can be added to the class portfolio.

 

This was well run and adequately priced. The Natatorium pool could do with a good clean up though!!

 

Some more Scuba speciality classes and the rescue course would be great additions.

 

I would be interested in horse back riding instruction

 

It is great the way it is. I like how its taught now, maybe they can give this class credit for the class or even expand this to a real UCSD class so we can learn about the ocean while scuba diving.

 

The fact that this class was offered after hours was perfect. I was able to easily fit the class times into my schedule. I hope the class times continue to allow many people take them.

 

It would be great to see advanced specialties and/or rescue offered through UCSD Rec.

 

looking forward to deep dive classes.

 

SCUBA specialty classes are a good way to focus on areas students want to pursue/develop. This would include Rescue/First Aid/O2 adminstration. Another valuable class would be enriched air nitrox. The SCUBA program at UCSD is of extreme value to the diving community in the San Diego area. Its nice to be in a program where the focus is on instruction and less on promoting retail sales....hence the unbias is very much appreciated. There are no other SCUBA programs I am aware of in the area that are taught through an academic institution. Keep up the good work Team Weeks!

 

Advanced Open Water offered through UCSD might make the course more affordable for students interested in continuing their scuba learning. This seemed to be the most common concern when I asked my classmates if they would be interested in continuing on to take AOW.

 

Are any of the scuba certifications with UCSD offered during the summer?

 

I envy the UCSD students! They have so many choices of Rec Classes. For the basic OW course, I would strongly suggest future students to double check their rental gears at OE. They totally messed up my gears in the last week. It was solved properly, but it would have saved everyone a lot of time if I had double checked.

 

I would love the Aerial Silk Fitness class to be offered at a different time, preferably later in the evening or early morning. Mid-day/afternoon is a hard time for my, and hopefully others', schedule but it is a class I'm dying to take. Thanks so much!

 

surfing=check scuba=check What more could you ask for!

 

Kick boxing class

 

Just a note for the scuba class specifically, the info on the website says book and rental fees were included, but they weren't. So maybe just letting future participants know would help them plan the finances accordingly. But I loved the course