Village Divers

★★★☆☆
  • 125 E 4th St

    Manhattan, NY 10003

    Map & Directions
  • 212-780-0879

About Village Divers

Categories
  • Diving Instruction
Special Offer
Call Today!

Sports & Recreation

Sports & Recreation
More choices in Manhattan:
Resultset_next

Hsa

20 Riverside Ave Little Ferry, NJ

Resultset_next

PAN AQUA DIVING

460 W 43rd St New York, NY

3.3333 18
Hi! Sign in to let us know how Village Divers was?
Write a Review
.

I had a great experience at Village Divers and would recommend them highly to anyone who wants to learn to dive. I went back to the pool 6 times at no extra charge and was able to go at my own speed in terms of learning and repeating

3
★★★★★

I had a great experience at Village Divers and would recommend them highly to anyone who wants to learn to dive. I went back to the pool 6 times at no extra charge and was able to go at my own speed in terms of learning and repeating

.

This place was awful. The reviews are right-the owner is rude and is more focused on selling you expensive equipment than teaching you how to dive. His equipment is way over priced and you are pressured to buy on the spot. He is awful,

3
★★★★★

This place was awful. The reviews are right-the owner is rude and is more focused on selling you expensive equipment than teaching you how to dive. His equipment is way over priced and you are pressured to buy on the spot. He is awful,

.

I came in to Village Divers in the beginning of July just to get some basic information and maybe go through the open water class.
This store's atmosphere and amazing instructors got me completely addicted to diving. Have been diving with

3
★★★★★

I came in to Village Divers in the beginning of July just to get some basic information and maybe go through the open water class.
This store's atmosphere and amazing instructors got me completely addicted to diving. Have been diving with

.

I just finished my pool session and loved it! I'm looking forward to the open water session. I think the instructor was cool -- I feel ready for serious dives. I'd recommend this instructor/shop.

3
★★★★★

I just finished my pool session and loved it! I'm looking forward to the open water session. I think the instructor was cool -- I feel ready for serious dives. I'd recommend this instructor/shop.

.

All around good service, equipment and instruction. I'd recommend this shop to anyone.

3
★★★★★

All around good service, equipment and instruction. I'd recommend this shop to anyone.

.

I was in the same open water class as traveler106 and while our instructor (cal) was a bit gruff (and opinionated as another reviewer wrote), he's an experienced instructor. I didn't go there looking to make a buddy - I just wanted a knowledgeable person to teach me the ropes and ensure I could dive safely in the future. That's exactly what I got. I can't speak to whether Cal rips off customers. I did buy equipment from him and while it was a little more expensive than the stuff I found online, I felt like I was paying for his knowledge. All in all, I feel that I got what I paid for.

2
★★★★☆

I was in the same open water class as traveler106 and while our instructor (cal) was a bit gruff (and opinionated as another reviewer wrote), he's an experienced instructor. I didn't go there looking to make a buddy - I just wanted a knowledgeable person to teach me the ropes and ensure I could dive safely in the future. That's exactly what I got. I can't speak to whether Cal rips off customers. I did buy equipment from him and while it was a little more expensive than the stuff I found online, I felt like I was paying for his knowledge. All in all, I feel that I got what I paid for.

.

i just completed my open water with village divers and had a great experience. the instructor was really cool and completely prepared us for future dives. i feel a lot more comfortable now with my skills. V Divers is a great place to learn!

2
★★★★☆

i just completed my open water with village divers and had a great experience. the instructor was really cool and completely prepared us for future dives. i feel a lot more comfortable now with my skills. V Divers is a great place to learn!

.

I've been a client for 2 years and I'm very satisfied with the gear I've purchased, with the classes I've taken, and with the information I've received.

The instruction is top-notch. Because Cal and his team are all technical divers who use more advanced gear configurations, dry suits, double tanks etc, they're extremely knowledgeable on the basics and on advanced topics.

I would sum up the Village Diver philosophy as: Spend your money once for gear that will last, learn how to use it properly, practice practice practice and then dive everywhere you can.

If you want to get into local diving, this is the place to do it. If you want to get into Caribbean diving, I would still take lessons here as the instruction is fantastic but you should make sure the staff know that up front so they can set you up with the proper gear. Given the number of technical divers that pass through the shop there's a tendency (as noted in other reviews) to push for the purchase of more advanced/expensive gear.

2
★★★★☆

I've been a client for 2 years and I'm very satisfied with the gear I've purchased, with the classes I've taken, and with the information I've received.

The instruction is top-notch. Because Cal and his team are all technical divers who use more advanced gear configurations, dry suits, double tanks etc, they're extremely knowledgeable on the basics and on advanced topics.

I would sum up the Village Diver philosophy as: Spend your money once for gear that will last, learn how to use it properly, practice practice practice and then dive everywhere you can.

If you want to get into local diving, this is the place to do it. If you want to get into Caribbean diving, I would still take lessons here as the instruction is fantastic but you should make sure the staff know that up front so they can set you up with the proper gear. Given the number of technical divers that pass through the shop there's a tendency (as noted in other reviews) to push for the purchase of more advanced/expensive gear.

.

Here's my take on things. Cal is a well-intentioned guy, who is easy to misunderstand. While he can be a bit rigid at times, he often acts that way because he is insistent that you learn things well before you move on to the next step. The longer you spend diving (and I have about 16 yrs under my belt), the more you appreciate this. Scuba is fun, but it is dangerous if you don't know your stuff. So, can Cal be a little rigid? Yes. Is he a solid teacher? Yes. Do I feel safe with him in the water? Absolutely.

He has a preference for certain brands of gear, which tend to be top or near top of the line. You can look at it 2 ways. If you get into tech diving, you need the good stuff. In 150 ft of water, you don't want your cheap reg failing on you, or you'll die. On the other hand, if you are a warm water diver who goes to the caribbean once or twice a year, then you should probably go for cheaper stuff. You just have to weigh your decisions. Cal likes to do things a certain way, but that is because he knows it works. He has a solid troupe of tech divers to prove it. If you want to get into tech diving, he's a solid guy to work with.

2
★★★★☆

Here's my take on things. Cal is a well-intentioned guy, who is easy to misunderstand. While he can be a bit rigid at times, he often acts that way because he is insistent that you learn things well before you move on to the next step. The longer you spend diving (and I have about 16 yrs under my belt), the more you appreciate this. Scuba is fun, but it is dangerous if you don't know your stuff. So, can Cal be a little rigid? Yes. Is he a solid teacher? Yes. Do I feel safe with him in the water? Absolutely.

He has a preference for certain brands of gear, which tend to be top or near top of the line. You can look at it 2 ways. If you get into tech diving, you need the good stuff. In 150 ft of water, you don't want your cheap reg failing on you, or you'll die. On the other hand, if you are a warm water diver who goes to the caribbean once or twice a year, then you should probably go for cheaper stuff. You just have to weigh your decisions. Cal likes to do things a certain way, but that is because he knows it works. He has a solid troupe of tech divers to prove it. If you want to get into tech diving, he's a solid guy to work with.

.

I see that a lot of these reviews are from a few years back. I just had my scuba lesson recently and didn't find any problems with Village Divers. Instructors were really good. Guys in the shop helped me pick the equipment. Did research prices before buying and didn't think Divers was more expensive (but I'm just learning to dive so my only investment was mask, fins, etc.) It was a great experience for me.

2
★★★★☆

I see that a lot of these reviews are from a few years back. I just had my scuba lesson recently and didn't find any problems with Village Divers. Instructors were really good. Guys in the shop helped me pick the equipment. Did research prices before buying and didn't think Divers was more expensive (but I'm just learning to dive so my only investment was mask, fins, etc.) It was a great experience for me.

Pros: knowledgable, good instruction

Cons: pool could've been cleaner

.

Think local: Mention the neighborhood and nearby attractions. Play fair: Don't hold burger joints to the same standards as four-star restaurants

1
★★★☆☆

Think local: Mention the neighborhood and nearby attractions. Play fair: Don't hold burger joints to the same standards as four-star restaurants

Pros: None

Cons: Examples: Ambience, Parking, Service

.

I really like these guys, despite the fact that it is an undersized store with a tiny customer base. I went through certification and would have stuck with them because of their knowledge. But I eventually got sick of it; their prices and rentals are ridiculously high! And when I mean high, I mean by a factor of 2 to 5 times the normal price. They charge 5 times the rental rate at either Pan Aqua or KC Divers. Their prices are so bad I wonder if they even know there's an Internet. I'll never use them again.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I really like these guys, despite the fact that it is an undersized store with a tiny customer base. I went through certification and would have stuck with them because of their knowledge. But I eventually got sick of it; their prices and rentals are ridiculously high! And when I mean high, I mean by a factor of 2 to 5 times the normal price. They charge 5 times the rental rate at either Pan Aqua or KC Divers. Their prices are so bad I wonder if they even know there's an Internet. I'll never use them again.

Pros: Knowledgeable

Cons: Price gouging!

.

Wow I wish I would have looked this place up before going there. Only reason I looked it up now was to tell others how terrible my experience was and lo do I find 5 other horrible reviews. Oh well you live you learn. Anyway, to start off these guys will rip you off. I was forced to buy things and pay for certain rentals that I didn't even use or need, but they wouldn't give me a refund only a store credit. The owner Cal has the worst attitude in the world. I called them up with a question and ended up getting scolded and hung up on bc I didn't 'read the book' like I should have. They spoon feed you all the answers to the written test but then expect you to suddenly memorize the book and know everything. I really don't know how these guys stay open, but I guess it's by ripping people off. How else are they going to pay east village rent for a shop that is almost always empty?

For people looking to get certified to dive on a tropical vacation I highly recommend looking up the island you're going to before hand and finding a dive shop there instead. You will save money doing your entire course on the islands, and you will have a lot more fun because you don't necessarily need to do pool dives. You can do shore dives in the beginning which are great, and the book test is very easy and can be studied a little at a time at nights when you're in your room. This is what I should have done and which I found out about through others doing their open water course there. Overall I think I paid about $200 more.

Anyway I hope this can help someone in the future, and I hope these guys end up getting what they deserve.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Wow I wish I would have looked this place up before going there. Only reason I looked it up now was to tell others how terrible my experience was and lo do I find 5 other horrible reviews. Oh well you live you learn. Anyway, to start off these guys will rip you off. I was forced to buy things and pay for certain rentals that I didn't even use or need, but they wouldn't give me a refund only a store credit. The owner Cal has the worst attitude in the world. I called them up with a question and ended up getting scolded and hung up on bc I didn't 'read the book' like I should have. They spoon feed you all the answers to the written test but then expect you to suddenly memorize the book and know everything. I really don't know how these guys stay open, but I guess it's by ripping people off. How else are they going to pay east village rent for a shop that is almost always empty?

For people looking to get certified to dive on a tropical vacation I highly recommend looking up the island you're going to before hand and finding a dive shop there instead. You will save money doing your entire course on the islands, and you will have a lot more fun because you don't necessarily need to do pool dives. You can do shore dives in the beginning which are great, and the book test is very easy and can be studied a little at a time at nights when you're in your room. This is what I should have done and which I found out about through others doing their open water course there. Overall I think I paid about $200 more.

Anyway I hope this can help someone in the future, and I hope these guys end up getting what they deserve.

Pros: Easy location for people downtown

Cons: Everything was wrong with this place, stay away!

.

My husband and I were also ripped off. When dropping off our deposit for the class, my husband was told he had to buy his wetsuit from village divers, as he would get the "best deal" from them. He only had so much money for the deposit... and was told he could bring the rest at our first class. Fast forward to our first class.. I gave the instructor, Mick, the rest of the money and he gave my husband his wetsuit. Stupidly, I did not ask for a receipt, however, receiving the wetsuit seemed an adequate proof of us paying them. WRONG! After doing our dives in Miami (through a much BETTER company, Miami Scuba Ventures with Colby Johnson), we had to return to Village Divers with our paperwork to receive our cards. We were told that we had to pay for the rest of the wetsuit. (Not to mention some extra fees we were unaware of for processing our cards!) Not having a receipt, and no record of giving Mick any money, we had to fork over 100 extra bucks to Cal. I was infuriated because I remembered handing Mick the cash and felt like an idiot for not getting a receipt from him. Let this be a lesson to you all. If you dare get certified through Village Divers, make sure you get receipts for everything!!

0
★☆☆☆☆

My husband and I were also ripped off. When dropping off our deposit for the class, my husband was told he had to buy his wetsuit from village divers, as he would get the "best deal" from them. He only had so much money for the deposit... and was told he could bring the rest at our first class. Fast forward to our first class.. I gave the instructor, Mick, the rest of the money and he gave my husband his wetsuit. Stupidly, I did not ask for a receipt, however, receiving the wetsuit seemed an adequate proof of us paying them. WRONG! After doing our dives in Miami (through a much BETTER company, Miami Scuba Ventures with Colby Johnson), we had to return to Village Divers with our paperwork to receive our cards. We were told that we had to pay for the rest of the wetsuit. (Not to mention some extra fees we were unaware of for processing our cards!) Not having a receipt, and no record of giving Mick any money, we had to fork over 100 extra bucks to Cal. I was infuriated because I remembered handing Mick the cash and felt like an idiot for not getting a receipt from him. Let this be a lesson to you all. If you dare get certified through Village Divers, make sure you get receipts for everything!!

Pros: 1:1 with classroom instruction

Cons: untrustworthy

.

I would recommend that people stay the hell away from these guys. I went for a class which was basically held in the shop with shoppers walking back and forth in front of us and chatting away with the owner. It was very distracting. However, the instructor Mick Cagey (sp) was very good and actually made an effort to really teach us a lot with frequent student interaction. My biggest gripe came from the owner who basically acted like a complete con man. He told me that I needed a divelog book before I could get certified. I told him that I would get it later and only needed a snorkel. At this point he showed me a pair of snorkels (no prices marked) and said they were 45 bucks. Typically snorkels cost 20 bucks each. I picked it up just cause I didn't want to go all over town looking for one. Following, this he asked me to fill in my name on a divelog book he handed me and then just rang it up for 40 dollars. Never told me how much it cost and whether I wanted to buy it. Oh and never gave me a receipt for my transaction. Complete con man I would stay the hell away from these people, they are unscrupulous, condescending and a complete scam when it comes to prices.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I would recommend that people stay the hell away from these guys. I went for a class which was basically held in the shop with shoppers walking back and forth in front of us and chatting away with the owner. It was very distracting. However, the instructor Mick Cagey (sp) was very good and actually made an effort to really teach us a lot with frequent student interaction. My biggest gripe came from the owner who basically acted like a complete con man. He told me that I needed a divelog book before I could get certified. I told him that I would get it later and only needed a snorkel. At this point he showed me a pair of snorkels (no prices marked) and said they were 45 bucks. Typically snorkels cost 20 bucks each. I picked it up just cause I didn't want to go all over town looking for one. Following, this he asked me to fill in my name on a divelog book he handed me and then just rang it up for 40 dollars. Never told me how much it cost and whether I wanted to buy it. Oh and never gave me a receipt for my transaction. Complete con man I would stay the hell away from these people, they are unscrupulous, condescending and a complete scam when it comes to prices.

Pros: Small class size, good location

Cons: In shop class, conned into buying unneeded stuff.

.

Heed the two negative reviews by josh41680 and delphina2004. I recently took my beginning scuba classes from Village Divers and would steer anyone away. Aside from the hidden costs, Cal Azzouni, the owner and main instructor was abrasive, inattentive, and unreceptive to questions. His holier-than-thou attitude belittles anyone who is new to scuba diving and wanting to learn. The teaching method he uses is "by-the-book", that is a typical answer to any question being "it's in the book". If scuba diving is to emphasize attention to detail and safety, his unwillingness to reinforce basic concepts and answer questions that students may have is reason enough not to choose Village Divers.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Heed the two negative reviews by josh41680 and delphina2004. I recently took my beginning scuba classes from Village Divers and would steer anyone away. Aside from the hidden costs, Cal Azzouni, the owner and main instructor was abrasive, inattentive, and unreceptive to questions. His holier-than-thou attitude belittles anyone who is new to scuba diving and wanting to learn. The teaching method he uses is "by-the-book", that is a typical answer to any question being "it's in the book". If scuba diving is to emphasize attention to detail and safety, his unwillingness to reinforce basic concepts and answer questions that students may have is reason enough not to choose Village Divers.

Cons: Poor instruction. Plenty of hidden costs.

.

If you want poor instruction, bad customer service, and lots of hidden costs, get certified here. Otherwise, go anywhere else. Don't be fooled by their low quoted price for a certification- you will pay more than 400 dollars, even without the open water dives required in the course. For a full certification you will pay more than 600 dollars. The owner is less concerned with making the certification experience pleasurable and getting repeat business than squeezing every cent out of a customer once they have committed. Also, the promised 4:1 student-teacher ratio is not adhered to. Pick a shop randomly out of the phonebook if you have to, but don't go here!

0
★☆☆☆☆

If you want poor instruction, bad customer service, and lots of hidden costs, get certified here. Otherwise, go anywhere else. Don't be fooled by their low quoted price for a certification- you will pay more than 400 dollars, even without the open water dives required in the course. For a full certification you will pay more than 600 dollars. The owner is less concerned with making the certification experience pleasurable and getting repeat business than squeezing every cent out of a customer once they have committed. Also, the promised 4:1 student-teacher ratio is not adhered to. Pick a shop randomly out of the phonebook if you have to, but don't go here!

Pros: Pool is spacious (although weeknight classes are from 9pm-1am)

Cons: Everything else

.

I chose to get open water certified with village divers because they listed tuition of $250 on their website, which seemed like a better deal than other diving shops in NY that charge around $300. I understood that we were expected to provide our own fins/snorkel and mask, and I was planning on borrowing those from a friend for my first training, instead of paying a lot of extra money for equipment before I was even certified. After arriving at the class however, Cal (the owner and instructor) says that I was expected to buy those equipment from the shop (totalling $200-$250), and tht if I didn't pay up for his equipment, he would charge me an additional $150 to my bill. I felt very cheated because no-where in his website does he say that students would be penalized for not paying and buying his equipment. If i had known this, I would have taken my class with another dive school.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I chose to get open water certified with village divers because they listed tuition of $250 on their website, which seemed like a better deal than other diving shops in NY that charge around $300. I understood that we were expected to provide our own fins/snorkel and mask, and I was planning on borrowing those from a friend for my first training, instead of paying a lot of extra money for equipment before I was even certified. After arriving at the class however, Cal (the owner and instructor) says that I was expected to buy those equipment from the shop (totalling $200-$250), and tht if I didn't pay up for his equipment, he would charge me an additional $150 to my bill. I felt very cheated because no-where in his website does he say that students would be penalized for not paying and buying his equipment. If i had known this, I would have taken my class with another dive school.

Pros: If you like being cheated of your money

Cons: $150-$200 of charges NOT listed or told of

Message from Village Divers

Yext PowerListings

 

Wait, you're the expert.

If you've been to or used Village Divers, leave a review.

It's easy, only takes a couple of minutes and you'll help thousands make an informed decision.



Write a Review