ODA is the place to go. I’ve taken several courses and gone on a number of dives with Jamie, all of which have added up to an awesome experience. I couldn’t be more satisfied with the patience and expertise of the instructor, which allowed me to significantly improve my diving skills while exploring new areas of Hawaii. I highly recommend diving with ODA.
My teenage daughter wanted to get certified for PADI during the COVID-19 season where there were challenges. Jamie was fabulous and went above and beyond in making it happen. She had the "best days of her life" in the water with Jamie and saw small sharks, sea turtles, starfish, schools of fish and even held a sea cucumber in her hands. She said she felt very safe with him. Jamie had her practice skills over and over until she knew it well. My daughter found him so fun to be with and said he can even laugh under water. Jaime is an amazing instructor and such a kind person. He is the first person you'd want to reach out to if you want to dive in Honolulu.
Made our Trip!
When I made the reservation at the Ala Moana Hotel for my family, I had no idea there was a scuba shop inside. But I am very happy that there was because I and my husband love scuba diving, and this store being there made our vacation so much better. What I like most about this store is the care they gave us in making sure our gear was correctly put together. Not to mention they had really nice scuba equipment, and our dives at Turtle Canyon were Euphoric. We'll be back next year!
My boyfriend Luke and I had an awesome time on our boat dives with Jamie!! Checking out and swimming through the halls of the Sea Tiger was one of the coolest dive experiences we've ever had. Thank you for being so helpful and giving us a really great time!
I got certified here on vacation. Jaime is a great instructor. He is very helpful and supportive to get you through the process. At the same time he does not baby his students and makes sure you graduate skilled.
Finishing the course and getting that underwater handshake from him was an awesome moment.
Get certified in the warm water of Hawaii and do it here!
If they can teach me to become a decent diver, they could teach almost anybody to become a great diver!
As a child, I had a traumatic experience in a swimming pool and I still had some fear of water at the time of OW certification course back in March of 2016, but my instructor at OD, was very supportive and patient with me. She even came out to the swimming pool one night (which was not part of the course schedule/plan), just to ensure I got to practice more and felt comfortable before the upcoming OW check-out dives. She not only managed to get me certified, but also managed to certify my then 13 year-old son.
Thanks to Stephanie's extra efforts and patience, I got so hooked to diving that I ended up getting Advanced OW cert, Enriched Air/Nitrox cert and Dry Suit cert earlier this year.
Speaking of my Dry Suit class, JT at OD, who was my instructor for the Dry Suit cert course was great as well She was very energetic and fun to dive with. Once all the required skills were completed at the check-out dive, he showed us around the Navy Tug Boat and showed us all these camouflaged creatures.--I don't know how he finds those little marine animals that blend in to the environment so well. He's an artist too.--You should check out his T-shirt designs at OD shop and videos on their FB and Instagram sites.
Anyway, OD has great instructors, especially Stephanie and JT.
Go diving, keep diving, and keep the ocean clean