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Jolly Dive - Antigua Scuba Diving Testimonials & Photo Gallery
Date: Feb. 10, 2013
Thanks for good diving with you and your people. Attached I send you some
pictures what I have promised to you. Good luck for you and your family and all
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Name: Jean-François Côté
Date: Apr. 1, 2012
Bonjour! J'ai fait 4 plongées avec le Jolly Dive en mars 2012 et l'expérience a été très intéressante. C'est la première fois que je plonge avec autant de relaxation. L'équipage n'est pas pressé. Le capitaine, Paul, est vraiment exceptionnel, surtout avec son noeud papillon! Vraiment à recommander sans hésitation!
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Hello! I did four dives with Jolly Dive in March 2012 and the experience was most interesting. This was the first time I've dived with such relaxation. The crew was in no hurry. Captain, Paul, is truly exceptional, especially with his bow tie!
I really recommend it without hesitation!
Name: Chris (Gizmo)
Date: Mar. 18, 2012
Hi there all, I have dived with jolly dive many times and have to say these guys run the most friendly dive school in the world.
I would also say that jolly dive is the reason I come back to antigua instead of going to other islands.
I look forward to my next dive with all the gang.
Name: Florida & Michigan
Date: Mar. 5, 2012
I was there on 02/29/12. We all had a great dive, the water was lively but great. A very good D V master and 1st mate.
Would highly recommend this dive charter.
Thank you Paul
Name: John & Richard
Date: Jan. 6, 2012
We arrived in St. Johns on 27 December 2011 on the Oceania Marina ... originally had been booked to dive with Extreme Marine ... but upon arrival, EM's boat troubles meant we had to scramble to get our two dives ... Don, the manager at EM, was able to arrange our dives with Paul at Jolly Dive ... couldn't have worked out better ... the moment we saw we were going to be diving with a dive master who wears a white dress shirt and bow tie, equipped with a BC that outdated Jacques Cousteau, we knew it was going to be memorable! ... Thank you so much Paul! ... We will never forget you! ... and the diving wasn't bad either.
John & Richard
San Antonio, Texas
I went diving with Jolly Dive this past July and highly recommend them to any diver planning on diving in Antigua. They are great!!
Name: George M.
I took the introductory course last Friday with Diana. I just wanted to let everyone know what a great instructor she is.
What a great experience and , I would recommend Jolly Dive to anyone !
Name: Sheela and Jack (UK)
I would recommend Jolly Dive to anyone and especially to newly qualified divers, such as myself and my son Jack (aged 11).
This was our first dive since qualifying and without the watchful eye of our dive club it was little unnerving to say the least.
I could not fault anyone and must say a special thanks to Paul who jumped in and dived with us in the clothes he was stood in. He was fantastic with my son and very patient with him when he had problems descending - we all liked the one about his tank being too heavy to descend!!
We had 2 fabulous dives, stroked a green turtle and saw a stingray amongst a whole world of sea creatures that were amazingly beautiful.
Thank you to Paul, Diana and Steph for making our short trip to Antigua even more memorable.
Sheela and Jack (UK)
Name: Brian and Emily
Just wanted to thank the entire Jolly Dive crew for providing us with such excellent instruction.
We did the discover SCUBA course and it was absolutly amazing. The instruction was incredible and the crew was extremely helpful and fun to be around. This was certainly the highlight of our honeymoon thanks to the attitudes and personalities of all of the workers.
Name: Carl Volbrig and Kathy
I wanted to thank the whole crew from Jolly Dive Center for a wonderful diving experience.
Terry; for his great hospitality at the shop,and helping us getting set up with rental equipment.
Devon; for his laid back style, help on deck, and wonderful guidence on two of our dives. Thanks again for taking the pics. of the Nurse Shark for me, they came out great.
Cornelia; for her great help on deck and under the water on four of our dives.
Paul;(The Dapper Diver) with his Bow tie, and wonderful guidence and knowledge of the reefs and fish.
Kathy and I had an awesome time, and will dive again with Jolly Dive Center when we return to Antigua in the future.
Our dive pictures
Name: Mike & Amanda Krebs
The diving experience was great !
The instructors were knowledgeable and the employees were very friendly... and fun to dive with.
My wife and I did the Discover Scuba course.... I really liked the pool part of the course !
When we got to the reef for the dive, we fell in love with diving. We decided right then and there to sign up for the 2 day PADI SCUBA DIVER COURSE. We finished off our vacation and went home carrying our new SCUBA DIVER certification card.
I would recommend this to anyone.
Mike and Amanda
(the Cop and Army Medic)
Name: Elias, Janet and Josh
Thanks Terry, Devon and Mercedes and the rest of the crew.
A big thanks from all three of us, it was a fantastic experience. Devon a big thanks for you from Janet for supporting her not backing out and also from Josh (young Buck)who thoroughly enjoyed his first dive.
Looking forward to our return to Antigua soon.
Elias, Janet and Josh (Josh says Liverpool still rules)
Just wanted to say thanks for a truly awesome
experience last week! The Discover Scuba Course was absolutely
phenomenal. Devon was the perfect instructor; very precise, systematic,
clear and patient; and I was so impressed with the friendly welcome from Bob
and the whole crew.
Thanks again for letting me get in two dives on the
same day, and thanks again to Devon for really showing me around on the second
one. I'm already looking at getting gear and my PADI cert here in the
States as soon as possible--I seriously want to get my Open Water Advanced,
Divemaster and Instructor ratings, and want to go professional after I retire
next year from the Army.
I'm telling you, this was a life altering
experience! Thanks so much again, and you may well see me this
Name: Richard Harvey
Terry - just wanted to say a big thank you for such a great experience
last week when Phil and I went on one of your discover scuba courses. The
staff were all really friendly and took great care of us - our enjoyment and
safety was the top priority and you can't ask for more than that!
I'd like to make special mention of Devon who was both laid back and very
professional. He showed loads of patience with one of our group who was a bit
nervous and convinced her to dive even when she was considering backing out.
I know she was so pleased that she did it.
So, in all, a day that I will remember for a very long time and I won't
hesitate to recommend Jolly Dive to others. Hope to return one day for
some more dives.
Isle of Wight
Name: Simon & Enma Foster
I know it is a little late in coming but I just wanted to drop you a line a say
a very big thankyou for the amazing professionalism and competence shown when
Emma and I went diving with you last October.
As I made it aware, Emma had a
previous diving issue, however Terry insisted that you guys take her out and
look after her. WOW didn't you just do that. I had tried for 2 years to get her
to dive but to no avail. Capt. I don't know what you do but god do you do it
Terry, It was a real pleasure diving with you and I hope that next time we are
over in Antigua we can continue our journey of the reefs.
A real pleasure guys, and the crew made it a great diving experience with their
knowledge and friendliness.
See you again soon.
Simon & Emma
Name: Godfrey & Ana Jarvis
Lovely to have met and dived with you,
Thank you all, hope to see you
Name: Mike Zurinsky
I just wanted to take a minute and thank Terry and the staff at Jolly
Our experience was outstanding!
I look forward to my return and another
fine day with the staff at Jolly Dive.
Name: Scott Packman
Just a quick email to say a big thankyou for the diving at Jolly Dive.
found everyone very laid back and very helpfull. The water was warm, the fish
were smiling and the staff at Jolly Dive were fantastic.
Hope to come back
again one day and dive again.
Name: Rolf Burleson
Hi Dian, Chris, Steph, Paul, Bobby, Devon, John and the rest of the
Once again I had twelve wonderful dives with you all. Thank you very much for a
great time. I felt very comfortable with you and enjoyed every single trip.
You had a very lucky hand when extending your staff. My impression is that all
of you take a lot of pride in making the dives very memorable without
neglecting any necessary safety precautions. Even assisting you in loading and unloading the boat was a lot of fun for me.
Special thanks goes to Devon for an excellent dive No. 150. I will never forget
Hope you had a nice Christmas and best wishes for the upcoming New Year. Have a
good time on New Years eve.
Many thanks for excellent diving and great camaraderie earlier this
week. Thanks also for getting our errant equipment back to our hotel.
Much enjoyed my time with you, and hope to return before too long.
PS - thanks again to Laurie for breakfast!
We went diving with you all on 11/11/09. I thought I would share a few on
my photos with you all. Not sure if you remember, but could you email me the
names of the two dive sites we visited? I went with you the day after
some storms and you choose the sites based on visibility. The two sites
were both shallow.
See the pictures Devon took of me and my husband and of the shark!
Anne & Sean
Hi Paul, Diana, and the rest of the crew,
I just wanted to thank you for some fantastic diving back in August. Your
humour, comprehensive attention to detail, and companionship were second to
none. I was impressed by the breadth of your local knowledge, and real
passion for the reef: no-one has ever pointed out a Sergeant-Major's nest to me
Diving with you is such a pleasure, and you offer a thoroughly unique
experience. I will most definitely be back, this time with a computer;
and I won't expect a discount for using only half my air!!!!
You both have a natural affinity for people and the water; I will be certain to
recommend you to all my friends, both beginner and expert.
Best wishes to you all,
Hi Paul, Diana, Christina, Devon and everyone else on that beautiful
island, I'm back in Holland and want to thank you again for the fun time I had
diving with you. It made my holiday one I never will forget.
wasn't able to say goodby yesterday, because we went straight to the airport
after checking out. So from a cold and wet Holland: I wish you all the best,
thanks and hope to see you again someday.
Name: Karen and Patrick
Dear Paul, Diane, and Bobby:
We want to thank you for your friendship, fabulous dives, and an experience
with a positive out come.
If we don't learn something every day, we must be dead:)
What's really impressive is your love displayed to all, and conscientiousness
to make certain we are safe.
I was so taken / awe struck would be a better
statement, that safety sausages will now be mandatory, and at your own expense.
The Mother's Day party was outstanding, and ever so greatful.
We love U and Paul
Karen and Patrick
Ps. I'll be sending on some fishy photos when I get through them. xxoo
See their photos here
Thanks so much for being my guide last week, when I came diving with you.
I had a great time and you and the crew. (Damien and Tim) made me feel very relaxed and we even got to see turtle, lobster, 8ft nurse shark etc!
Thanks again and hopefully see you and the bow-tie soon
Hannah, Windsor, UK
Name: Rick Brown
Dear Paul and Jolly Beach Dive Shop,
I had the privilge of diving Antigua with you on the week of April 5-10.
I thoroughly enjoyed diving with you. We managed to see some reef and nurse sharks but never did see the 15 foot tiger shark (I think Paul is making this one up!).
Thanks for the dives.
Name: Tom Burg
Just a quick note to Diana and the crew that I had a great time diving with you all. My expectations for diving in Antigua weren't super high but the dives exceeded my expectations for sure. What a friendly, helpful, informative crew and it was without a doubt the highlight of my trip last week. Would recommend this outfit to anyone without reservation.
Hope to see you all again!
Name: Mark Harris
thanks for some great dives.
Thanks especially to Bobby, Mercedes (the wriggler) and Paul.
Arthur my buddy and I enjoyed some great diving with you all.
I appreciate your patience with my Suunto computer, SO conservative !
The water clarity was just great, along with your guidance.
I have never dived with a team who do so much slate work, very refreshing. I can never remember questions at the end of a dive, so it's great to get them answered while still down there.
Paul, here is a story for you to tell your divers...
Paddy asks Mick, "Why do scuba divers all roll backwards out of the boat?"
Mick replies. "Well if they all rolled forwards they would all land in a heap in the middle of the boat!"
See Marks diving pictures
Name: Ben Pearce
This operator is fantastic. I really enjoyed my relaxed and casual dive with them. Bobby the dive master was just that, a dive master in every sense. Very thorough briefing, very safety conscious and super freindly. We saw some great reef diving and some enormous lobsters. I would highly recommend these guys.
Name: Dave Staubach
My wife and I have been diving more than 20 years all over the caribbean. Jolly Beach Divers, with the only bow-tied Dive Master I have had the privilege to dive with, ran a tight ship in a very casual and diver friendly manner. They took care of us wonderfully well, were incredibly informative about the marine life and Antigua folklore. Thanks for a fun, comfortable and memorable dive experience.
Name: Glenn and Brenda Brent
A quick note to say thank you for making our holiday so enjoyable.
Thought you might like the picture of your boat we took while there.
Just to put a smile on your face we have 5 feet of snow Glenn and
the snow blower are one.
Thanks for everything!
Glenn and Brenda Brent
Name: Spencer Van Ness
Paul & Diana:
Thank you for another fantastic day of diving over this past Thanksgiving! I was full of high expectations and anticipation since first diving with you all last year and the second time around was just as good as the first. Great marine life, great diving history lesson (loved the prehistoric pressure guage!), great service, great folks!
Hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and wishing you a happy and healthy 2009. I'm just hoping to get a more extended stay down your way sometime in the future.
Spencer Van Ness
Name: Rolf Burleson
Dear Dian, Paul, John, Bobby and all the other guys,
first of all a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of you.
I definitely enjoyed the eight wonderful dives with you all. Especially the instuctional part about marine-life while underwater and your emphasis on safety was much appreciated.
I learned a lot again and your diving spots were perfect for a very relaxed diving experience packed with information. I will do a lot of advertising for you here in good old and cold Germany since diving with you is really an extraordinary expierience worth every effort to get there.
I am looking forward to the next "formal" dives with you. Maybe I should get some appropriate attire to match with the bowtie...:-))
Pictures will follow as soon as they are developed and Dian: keep them on their toes...:-))
Name: Aimi Meyer
Dear Diana and Paul, Devon and Walter,
Had an absolutely amazing experience with all you guys diving around Antigua!!! I saw totally cool and beautiful things down there and it was just so easy to enjoy!! That was honestly the best part of my holidays! What more do I need to say?
However,in all the excitement, I forgot to fill out my log-book and would love to do it properly.
So, Diana or Paul, if you could give the details, it would be much appreciated !!
(It concerns the two tank dive that I did on my third day)
Many thanks in advance,
Hi Paul and all guys at Jolly Dive,
I'm back in Italy and I miss you!!!
Hello Paul and a greeting to all the boys of Jolly Dive!
I am writing to thank you for the wonderful diving in which you guided us with lots of sympathy and much professionalism.
Not often that transform each dive into a feast!
Paul you are a phenomenon! As man and as a diver.
I posted on my website photos of diving Antigua.
Thanks again for everything and see you again soon.
I'll write this letter now in Italian for other italians divers to read.
Ciao Paul e un saluto a tutti i ragazzi del Jolly Dive!
Vi scrivo per ringraziarvi per le stupende immersioni in cui ci avete guidato con tantissima simpatia ed altrettanta professionalità.
Non capita spesso di trasformare ogni immersione in una festa!
Paul sei un fenomeno! Come uomo e come diver.
Ho pubblicato sul mio sito internet le foto delle immersioni di Antigua:
Ragazzi, grazie ancora di tutto e a presto.
See Massimino's diving pictures
Just a quick note to say that Jolly Dive was a great choice. Paul was an excellent guide, offering explanations of marine life with his slate and a sharp eye for underwater action. His amiable personality shone through above and below the surface, as well as his expert skill level.
Bobby was a great help on the boat with gear, etc, and had that mellow and competent presence that puts you at ease while diving.
And when I was cold, they supplied a beanie- good times!
PS- Mark from UK- would love those pics from June 6!
All the best,
Erin in NYC
Name: Mark Hennon
I'm now back in the U.K. and its pissing down. I just had to email you to say how good the diving and just as important the diving experience with you guys was. I found you all very friendly and very imformative.
Great briefings paul, great slate work Bobby and Tim thanks for all the work on the boat with equipment etc; it makes all the difference ( even if Paul marked my tank Steve ! )
This was my best diving experience to date in the carrabean and I hope to come back and see you all. I will definitely be recommending you.
Say hi to Diana too ( The real boss - mother hen)
( the one with the Humpback pictures ! )
See Mark's diving pictures
Name: Peter Brinsden
Dear Buddies All
I'm back in freezing (literally!) old England and thinking of you all!
I had a great time with you, and appreciate the time and friendship you all showed to this old man of the sea! A very friendly and supportive team with some good dives.
I look forward to showing my shark pics to my Grandson - they should gain me his "RESPECT"!! Likewise barracude etc.
I do hope that I will be able to dive with you all again and, meanwhile, will recommend you thoroughly to any buddies visiting Antigua.
See Peter's diving pictures
Name: Mark and Lynn
Hello Paul and Diane,
Just to say thanks for the great diving earlier this month, we had a fantastic time and saw the only sharks of our trip with you guys.
We leave for Malta on Monday but will definitely recommend Jolly Dive to anyone coming to Antigua, and hope to come back ourselves for a longer visit next time.
Mark and Lynn
Name: Phil & Denny Majerus
Thank you for a fantastic dive experience. We had a great time and will use you next time we dive Antigua.
As only somewhat experienced divers, we found your emphesis on pre-dive planning and safety above average. I always like to know the dive profile before decending.
As a fellow business owner I know a well run operation when I see one... your's is first class.
Keep up the great attitude, staff, and customer service !
Best of Luck,
Phil & Denny Majerus
Fort Collins, Colorado
Name: Michael Glenn
Diana and Devon,
I wanted to thank you both for such an enjoyable and memorable first dive experience. I was thoroughly impressed by Devon's level of knowledge, patience and methodical teaching which put me at ease for a thrilling first dive. Your excellent diving instruction and constant attention under the water put me at ease and made for an enjoyable experience.
Our veteran diving friend informed me that the visibility was excellent and the experience was one of the best he'd had. We returned with stories of eels, puffer fish, octopus and giant lobster.
Thanks for the introduction to diving. I'll be getting certified soon and will see you when I return !
Name: Spencer Van Ness
Just wanted to thank you and Paul again for a great day of diving with Jolly Dive. Everything was perfect. I was particularly impressed with your friendly first name service, Paul s enthusiasm and willingness to share his knowledge of the dive sites and marine life both in and out of the water, and your entire staff s patient attention to safety. And, I was glad to know first hand about the guy in the long sleeve dress shirt and bow tie on your website!
On two dives, I saw more unusual marine life (fish and coral) than I normally do in ten dives thanks to Paul s experience and use of a slate to let the divers know exactly what they are looking at. Huge lobsters, a lobster nursery, various eels, barracuda, nurse sharks, octopus, and a black tip shark in the distance are just a few of the things I remember along with all the usual reef fish and colorful corals normally seen in the Caribbean. I also appreciated Paul letting the divers dive according to their air consumption and computers allowing everyone to get the most out of the dives. You all obviously love diving and marine life and it means a lot to customers when that passion is willingly shared!
Please keep up your great operation as I hope to get to Antigua for a longer stay. I would love to dive with you all again.
Spencer Van Ness
Name: Cheryl Osborn
I would just like to say a very big THANK YOU for the experience of Scuba Diving in Antigua.
Although I have dived once before I can only say I enjoyed diving with you much much more. Not just with what I saw but also because you are such a great team!
The theory part was much more informative and I was impressed that we had to practice first in the pool.
I would like to say a personal thank you to Devon, who dived with me. Unfortunatley my partner panicked and couldn't go in, so Devon stayed with me. he took my hand, off we went,and it was the best ever!! I was just dissapointed for Phil that he couldn't do it.
I will most certainly be looking into getting my diving certificate. you never know. i might come say hi! haha
Thank you for such a great time.
PHONE or FAX (268) 462-8305
P.O. Box 149 Jolly Harbour, Antigua, W.I.
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