When I was perusing Trip Advisor and other dive sites for recommendations for reputable divers in Belize on Ambergris Caye for a blue dive, time and time again, I would read the same thing:
“Chuck and Robbie’s”
“Robbie is the best!” and “Can’t wait to dive with Robbie again.”
I thought I would ask around to my dive friends and I actually know a gal that lives on Ambergris Caye that is also a travel writer, Erin De Santiago of Our Tasty Travels, so I thought I would ask her what she thought me going on a blue dive.
Again, the same thing: “I use Chuck and Robbie’s — Robbie is a friend of mine and his instructor got me through my certification after I had not done it in 10 years which was after I had a horrible experience trying to certify in Mexico the first time.”
Thankfully, with a little effort, you can find reputable dive operators that will do their best to give you a memorable and pleasant diving experience. And soon enough I learned that this must be the “go-to” blue dive shop for scuba diving on Ambergris Caye.
Once I contacted him, we were set up for a day of diving. It is always awesome when you know you have picked the right person to blue dive with since diving has risks to start with, and feeling that you have a safety conscious dive master is always important, but also nice to have a personable diver as well.
Not only that:
- They own their own boats and have access to borrow other boats if needed.
- They have hotel dock pickup on the island to and from the dive shop. No transportation hassles.
- They have a wide variety of dive site choices.
- They have up to date BC’s with integrated weight systems and equipment
- Instruction is available.
Our Blue Dive
Our Blue Dive
On a prior preliminary dive with another dive shop in Belize, the dive master was safety conscious and had obviously been diving his whole life, but one thing he really wasn’t was personable. And I had 16 year-old with an attitude who really didn’t want to be there, so it would have been nice if the dive master had a bit more of a personality to get this guy excited about the dives we were getting ready to take that day. That’s the thing about Robbie. He engages the kids and the adults and actually talks to you and your kid, making them answer questions and look at their dive equipment set up before they get into the water. Overall he appears to be a happy go lucky kind of guy. He is an American guy that moved to Belize City when he was 12 and then later to Ambergris Caye, so he knows the island and its people well.
Once we were in the water, we were set at ease as we made our way down to 60 feet for the first dive. It was a rather typical dive, with a grouper and a few nurse sharks that followed us around like lost puppy dogs. Robbie was great and took our family of four on several dives. It ended up being the best day we had in Belize! Thanks, Robbie!
Disclosure: The dives with Chuck and Robbie’s Dive Shop was provided as a courtesy in exchange for this written article, but in no way influenced me to have the best day I had on family vacation in years!
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