For anyone who might be interested in how M06758 "came to be," here is the highly condensed version... After being on Curacao, an island of 60km in the Dutch Antilles for 6 years, we, Martin & Brenda van Gestel thought it was time for a new location. Having totally enjoyed teaching so many people the joy of diving in the beautiful waters of Caribbean side of Curacao we then decided to head towards Asia.
The Tran Siberian express was a major goal in our travels. But as you can see, our plans changed, this is nothing new, and people who know us aren't really surprised any more.
We sold our dive shop Silent Immersion to an Irish couple and before we started our Asia adventure we decided to go to Costa Rica. Assuming that once we would be in Asia the opportunity to visit this beautiful country would be very small. Costa Rica captured our hearts. The diving here is fantastic, especially the abundance of big fish, like sharks, manta's, rays, dolphins, and even whale sharks. Next to diving this country has so much more to offer. Nature is just awesome in this country!
After visiting M06758 in Playas del Coco, we knew we had found our destiny. With great support from Jessica Bradford, the previous owner and the crew, we were able to pursue our hopes and follow our heart. We went back to Curacao to pick up our dogs and parrots, and now we are the happy owners of M06758 and hope to be able to show many people the joy of diving in Costa Rica.
We hope that we can give many divers from Silent Immersion a new dive home away from home, and of course we will make sure that all the divers who will join us on our trips will get that homey feeling as well! Thanks again for visiting the M06758 and allowing our dreams come true!
1. How long has the business been operating and how did it start?
It started in 1993, but we took over in 2005.
2. What is your company's mission?
To give great customer service with a smile, so make sure all our staff are happy divers to reflect this on our divers.
3. What does your company specialize in?
Continuing education and we are 100% aware so all our students receive a PADI project aware card.
4. Who is the founder or owner of the company and briefly describe his/her past activities?
The owners are Martin & Brenda van Gestel, Martin being the course director and Brenda a master instructor, both love to dive and socialize with divers from all over the world to exchange experiences. Martin has been diving since 1977 and is a real PADI standards man and loves to learn everyday, he is also found with his camera quit often, both under water and above. Brenda has a background of owning restaurants and is great at customer service, she is in charge of running the staff and the schedule of the daily business.
5. What is your most popular travel package and why?
Bat islands for the bull sharks and the Catalina islands for the Giant Manta rays.
6. What is the best compliment you received from a client?
Top quality lessons and that they felt like family.
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