"I just wanted to thank you and Dive Connections for allowing us to use our LivingSocial voucher even though we weren't able to make it work during the specified time period. My wife Emily and I had a great time yesterday during the discover class! SCUBA is definitely a unique experience and after our time yesterday we couldn't stop saying things like "That is definitely something I could get into." We owe the credit of our good experience to our instructor Andrew! He knew the skills very well and made us feel safe as it was our first time SCUBA diving. When we had trouble with some of the basic skills it was great that he got us regrouped and talked about what we were doing incorrectly; then we were able to perform the skills with no problem. Again thank you for a great experience and if we are ever asked about SCUBA we will definitely send people your way!
- Adam Pudliner, Roseland, VA
"The people who were at The Dive Connections in Charlottesville were outstanding. Many times, extra divers just came to help and there were 2 instructors per student. Everyone was so helpful and they didn't go on to the next skill until you absolutely had the previous skill. My daughter was well taken care of by Chip Earle, and his staff and she LOVED the experience. As a mom, I felt it was very safe, well organized and overall well done."
- Heidi Lohr, Madison, VA
"Thank you and Andrew for instructing the triplets 9th birthday party. We had a wonderful experience which we, all, will remember for the rest of our lives. Once again, thank you and your team for the great party!"
- Andrea Alms, Charlottesville, VA
"I wanted to say how much I enjoyed the pool sessions with Mike, Shelley, John, Adam, and Sherece. Everyone was helpful, had a great attitude, and clearly loved diving. The instructors were patient and clear. They handled students with differing comfort levels compassionately and effectively while doing their best to stay on time. Dive Connections runs a first-class operation and I'm proud to be a graduate!"
- Catherine Casey, Charlottesville, VA
"We had a great time time today and Peyton was awesome. He patiently waited out the afternoon with us (which was filled with ongoing thunder), until we could finally get back in the pool and allow the kids to have a go at it. Great fun was had by all!!! We are very appreciative of Peyton, and Dive Connections for a fabulous experience."
- Renee & Brian Fuller, Charlottesville, VA
"It was an awesome experience getting my classroom and pool training from you guys. Thanks for helping to make a dream come true!"
- Jennifer Gillis, Atlanta, GA
"Please accept this with my full sincerity and feel free to quote me. I was already very pleased with my educational experience at Dive Connections. That you are willing to spend time on the phone to share your experience and knowledge to help continue that education gives me a great deal of confidence in your organization. I am a firm believer that we should never stop learning or experiencing, and I look forward to continuing my dive education with you folks. Can't wait to get back in the water, or more, into the ocean."
- Angelo Sorrentino, Culpeper, VA
greatly appreciated John's help with all of our gear before our vacation. He's
been very helpful the last several times we've been in the shop and love having
our own stuff (despite the hurt it put on the wallet)! "
"I would love to attend
(your GoPRO evening). but you see I already have a job where I dream of
going to work. It all started at Dive Connections. First as a Divemaster,
where I learned from some very experienced instructors.
What you guys taught me has served me well...
Then later as an instructor, you willingness to help and encourage has
been an inspiration that I try to share with new divers and others alone the
way toward becoming a professional...
Thanks for the encouragement, and great examples. Just another dive pro living the dream "
Bruce, John and Kat - I loved my first dive trip to Bonaire! I experienced
my first wreck dive on the Hilma Hooker and my first night dives off Capt Don's.
Thanks for the classroom and pool work as it was a great intro to the world of
"I would like to pass on to you my best wishes for a prosperous and
peaceful New Year and my thanks for the help of Dive Connections in
assisting me to complete my Rescue Diver certification whilst I was here
in the USA. My special thanks to John Dawson who I found a
and patient instructor and an asset to your Dive Centre. I hope to be able to visit the US again shortly and will look forward to
diving with Dive Connections again."
really appreciate the personal service I received from you on this "mind
blowing" dive trip. Please let me know if the Bonaire is in the card for
great for me to feel such confidence in a local shop. Charlottesville and its
surrounding areas have been well served by your business! It's been fun to
watch all the things you've done. Diving instruction and travel have come a
long way around here since Leroy Smith taught Chuck and me to dive."
Everyone at Dive Connections - Thanks for getting me certified! Dived the
Catalina Islands, Dos Sombreros & Elephant Isle. Muchas Gracias!
"Kevin, Many thanks for doing the advanced open water dives this past weekend. I
believe I learned a lot (I have much more to learn I'm sure) and I'm much
more comfortable in the water. I appreciated your patience, enthusiasm and
your approach to instruction. Hope to dive with you again!
does an outstanding job."
very satisfied with the attention I receive on every visit to the shop."
Horton was a great instructor! He answered questions and explained things very
well. He was engaging, funny and PATIENT. It has been a wonderful experience so
far, and I'm looking forward to continuing."
Horton was a great trip leader. Will definitely travel with you again."
the second year, we went to Little Cayman with Lenny Monopoli. We can't say
enough about Lenny and his skills. Of course he is a great diver, but while we
are diving, he is always checking on each and every one of us to make sure we
are all OK. He is very vigilant on the boat, as well. If he sees our gear is
not just right, he tactfully assists us. He will even offer to help other
people, not in our group, and they are always grateful. He is "Dad" to all of
us. He wants us to have fun, but above all, he wants us to be safe. We have
been diving for a long time and consider ourselves experienced divers, but
knowing Lenny is down under with us, gives us a sense of well being. Lenny is
very approachable when we have questions, and he is more than glad to help. He
does not judge us or make us feel small if we ask even the dumbest question. He
is so much fun to travel with! His sense of humor is wonderful, and he's always
optimistic, but when it is time to be serious about safe diving, he is all
business. Our lucky day was 3 years ago when we just happened to be in Little
Cayman and found ourselves on the same boat with Lenny. We have been fans of
Lenny ever since. I even hate to THINK of not meeting him. We have met many
divers, of course, during our years of diving, but Lenny holds a special place
in our hearts. You are VERY lucky to have him working for you, and feel he must
be a great asset to your business. We have already made a deposit, for 2 weeks
next year, to go to Little Cayman with him! As long as you have Lenny, you have
our business. Thanks for taking the time to read this."
"Drew, Ava and I have just
returned from our fabulous Little Cayman dive vacation with Dive
Connections, and I want to let you know much we enjoyed our time in the
Caribbean. The island was perfect, the dives were very exciting and varied,
and the hotel accommodations and food were wonderful. But the best part of
the trip was having Lenny there to look out for us, to help us when
necessary, and to spread his good cheer to everyone around him. I felt very
safe diving with Lenny nearby, and greatly appreciated the care and
attention he gave to Drew and Ava. Lenny is as fabulous with kids as he is
with adults. Dive Connections was very well represented by Lenny and I know
you would have been very pleased to see how diplomatic, caring, and
enjoyable Lenny is in action! So I want to thank you both for
sponsoring this trip. It is truly one of my favorite vacations I have ever
taken. We are ready to sign up for next year’s trip when you give the word."
"I am writing to let you know
that Lenny made it much more than a dive trip. He took care of many
details for us, both related to diving and not. In the water, he was
always there watching over our group-either pointing out interesting
things (he seemed to find them all!) or doing safety watches. It was
just a real pleasure to be in his dive group, and made the
experience that much better. He had a great relationship with the
divers as well as the staff of Reef Divers. We were all so pleased
that we have signed up already for next year. Thanks for all
the great support that Dive Connections provides!
is very friendly."
was Great. Looking forward to the future."
guys are awesome, and I cannot thank you enough for enabling me to go scuba
diving with my family in St. Maarten!! Hope y'all are having a great diving
enjoyed the friendliness by all and especially going to the Bahamas with Chip."
Lenny and you guys for helping make a dream come true!"
wife, Rebecca Trexler, and I, just completed your open water course this
weekend. We wanted you to know that both John and Lenny were excellent
instructors, and although we probably weren't the "easiest" students, the
personal attention they provided was far beyond what we had expected. Lenny has
been especially helpful helping us select equipment (and drain my bank account)
in preparation for the training : - ). The gear he helped us select made the
training go smoothly since we actually got to train on what we'll be using in
future dives. We appreciated the professionalism of both gentlemen and look
forward to our continued relationship with Dive Connections."
just wanted to take a moment to recognize Joe for his excellent teaching skills,
patience, and all-around good-natured spirit during my lesson's over the
weekend. He mentioned at the beginning of our class that he hoped that some of
his enthusiasm for the sport would rub off on us. Now that the class is
complete, I can certainly say that it did. I feel fortunate to have been
introduced to the sport by such a great guy and I look forward to a lifetime of
diving enjoyment. Thanks Joe!"
very pleased with the overall experience with Dive Connections. The people
are great and I'm going back."
your shop and your people!"
had a blast and would recommend you guy's to anyone. You are our #1 dive
honest, helpful sales people!! Great Teachers!!!"
out to your facility to take a refresher pool course in the middle of my
training because I did not feel my training in SC was that good. Eric was
fantastic and helped me feel so confident for my open water dives in Florida.
I've even done four dives in the Bahamas!
Please thank him for me! ---I wish we had done it all with you guys."
"I completed my
open water diving in Isla Mujeres, Mexico back in February. I got my PADI
certification card in the mail just last week. The trip was wonderful and I am
grateful for the help your shop provided in preparing me for the trip.
Greg Zajak was a great instructor. Cheers,"
"Eric was a great
instructor. Use him as much as you can!""
I have always
felt you did a great job with me as a customer. Thank You!"
"Eric Horton was a
patient, helpful and very knowledgeable instructor. Excellent class!"
"Lenny was very helpful
and concerned that I was satisfied (with my wet suit fit), which after the
alterations, I am!"
"I chose Dive
Connections because of their reputation and how easily training classes fit my
"The very best
service and knowledge. Please do not change."
- Let's Go Diving!"
training programs and travel opportunities available any time."
with Dive Connections has been enjoyable and rewarding."
"I couldn't be
happier. I'm a Dive Connections' customer for life. Your customer
service is an A+"
"Good looking shop &
great expertise and experience"
"I enjoyed shopping at
Dive Connections and I am hoping and planning now to join you on one of your
dive trips this year or next year in Belize! Thank you for your time and
"We're so glad to have
a "local" dive shop again. You guys are the best!"
"I'd like to say
thanks for a great refresher course last Thursday night. Eric Horton was my
instructor and I thought he did a fantastic job. This was my first diving since
I finished my certification five years ago, and he did a great job evaluating
what I remembered and what I needed to work on. He ran the review with the same
motivation that I try to have when I give flight reviews to pilots, and I
appreciate his professionalism and enthusiasm for the work."
"We has such a
good time in Bonaire and are very grateful. Thanks for a great trip, great
dives, and FUN!"
"That was the best
"You guys go over
and beyond! All of you are AWESOME!"
LOVED the Grand Bahama trip! Especially the shark dive! Thank Joe
for all of his great instruction, not to mention his patience. I'm
completely hooked on SCUBA! In fact we are headed to Little Cayman in
November. I can't wait! Thanks for the experience!"
"Mike Marks is great -
good ambassador for you. I'll be a regular of your store."
"The courtesy of the
staff is great - very friendly & knowledgeable. I will definitely be
"I thoroughly enjoy your newsletter. I read every
word! Thanks for all your services and support over the years. What a terrific
group of people you are!"
everyone was very nice and courteous. Thank you! Can't wait to go
"A well run
business with a friendly and knowledgeable staff."
"When we go on a dive trip, it will definitely be with 'youse' guys! All the
experience! I expect to keep using your shop and buying additional equipment."
"My scuba class and
check-out dives were wonderful experiences. Your staff is very
knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Thanks."
"I had a great time at
my dive training. Joe even went out of his way to rescue me from Kroger
(car break down)
"Dear Chip and Susan, I
wanted to again thank you for coming and presenting to the sixth grade class. It
was a memorable experience for our students. They are still buzzing around about
it today and are full of questions. We will certainly be calling upon your
"We took the
weekend dive course with Joe Marcinko & it was great! Joe was attentive,
extremely professional and a great instructor!"
"Thanks to you an
your organization, Joe and Susan and Lenny, for conducting an excellent
introduction to SCUBA for the United State Naval Sea Cadet Corps, America
Division. The entire training evolution went flawlessly. Please feel
free to use me as a reference for any youth organization considering Dive
Connections as their SCUBA training resource"
We'll see you in April if not before and also Susan is a joy to be with"
"Great Trip. Thank
did an absolutely terrific job! She was thorough and specific, but presented
the material in an easy to learn fashion. I never felt like I was in a
school-like setting, instead I felt like I was out with a friend having fun, but
was learning at the same time. I will absolutely recommend Dive Connections to
friends seeking certification and especially Susan."
“My family and I have enjoyed our association with everyone at Dive Connections
and hope to continue it. Really not enough room (on this survey card) for all
the good things I would say!!”
for the time & effort you put in with Josh. He really enjoyed it, & we
"Mike Marks should
be recognized for his thorough and unstinting adherence to PADI procedures.
He's patient, succinct, professional & knowledgeable! I would like to also
praise all the Dive Connections instructors who prepared me to complete my
Divemaster certification back here in St. Maarten."
"Steve’s professionalism and leadership made for a great time for all. I look
forward to diving with the rest of the Dive Connections team.
"Hi Joe: I just
got back from the Turks & Caicos - passed my check out dives, got to dive five
days. Saw sharks, rays, octopus, giant lobsters, grouper, & all sorts of amazing
things. It was a great trip - thanks again for helping me be so well prepared!"
"We can't thank you
enough for helping us have the best vacation of our lives!"
“Your class and certification
dives were fantastic. I had the
time of my life.”
“I love the
‘Go Diving’ philosophy.”
“We have had
excellent service. Glad you are here. Thanks”
“Excellent staff that
are attentive, knowledgeable and friendly.”
customer service from Chip & all employees and instructors."
"You guys are
GREAT and a pleasure to be with!!"
"Great store and
our Open Water certification class with Gordon was excellent!"
John and Gordon, were very competent & helpful."
"Bruce, you did a great
job on our underwater skills. We had a great time"
service dive shop!"
mentions diving, we tell them about you. We think you are great.
Thanks for all you do."
"Lenny is your
best asset. He has enthusiasm and product knowledge. He also makes it
convenient to dive.
"Love my gear!
"Bruce: (On our
referral) Our PADI instructor was very complementary of our skills... Thanks for
the great instruction."
"I was very impressed with your
flexibility and great attitude! Thanks!"
"Everything has been terrific!"