My husband and I were picking up SSI night, deep, and wreck certifications and opted to work with Off The Wall / Lobster Pot Dive Center in Grand Cayman and Tom, Kelly, and Courtney to get them. We dove for several days with Off the Wall.
The only negative thing I can say about this trip is that it had to end.
We accomplished 15 dives with Tom and his wonderful crew- Kelly and Courtney- and were continually overwhelmed with the majesty of the dives. Kelly knows the dive sites like the back if his hand and navigated us to perfect spots every time. Courtney is both kind and patient with everyone and is endlessly knowledgable about what to read in between dives (which I appreciated). Both Kelly and Courtney were wonderful on every dive we shared. They are hysterically funny and wonderful company both on and off the boat.
Tom was phenomenal. He gave us detailed information before we even got to the island. He suggested accommodations, dining options, and also assisted with transportation to and the shop each day. We enjoyed Tom's hospitality at dinner as well. He knows the island, the history, and the diving. He was patient as an instructor and always reviewed the material without it being drudgery. I learned so much and enjoyed every minute!
The other item that I would like to share is that this dive operation is extremely punctual. We have been at several other places in other countries (and in Grand Cayman) where our time was not respected. We left the dock on time or early every day and not a moment was wasted. I loved it. Kelly got us to the sites immediately and we were in the water before most people were out of bed! In addition, we moved to the next dive site immediately and used the surface interval time efficiently.
When it comes to diving, there is no better experience. Our weight dropped considerably as we dove due to the staff coaching us. Our air consumption was the best it has ever been. We easily topped one hour on dive times. At no time were we ever placed in an unsafe situation. Off The Wall is an amazingly phenomenal experience in every aspect.
This is a full service dive operation. Our gear was always ready and waiting for us. We have been in several places that claim full service, yet we are the ones lugging tanks onto the boat! Off The Wall always had everything ready. I have no idea when they refilled tanks or gassed the boat because they were always with clients and helping people! They must work 24/7, yet never seem to be in low spirits.
Every time we were in the water we saw amazing plant and animal life. Each member of Off The Wall knew what we were observing and it was so nice to have a knowledgable guide on every trip.
I could continue on endlessly about this establishment, but part of me doesn't want to say more because we don't want them to be booked when we want to return! In all seriousness, this really is the only place to dive in the Grand Cayman.
There simply is no better place to spend your time, money, and diving.
Dr. Jennifer Hudson Allen