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Ocean First

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3015 Bluff St, Boulder, CO 80301-2101
+1 303-444-7234
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St. Kitts and Socorro 2017 dive trips

We recently did 2 back to back trips with Ocean first, the first to St Kitts/Saba and the second to... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Broomfield, Colorado
Got trained and OW certified in Key Largo with Ocean First

My wife and I did all of our class and pool work to get our open water certification with Ocean... read more

Reviewed 26 November 2017
Andrew S
Boulder, Colorado
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Ocean First creates and supports a community of ocean enthusiasts who are passionate about experiencing and preserving our marine environments. Whether swimming, diving, or experiencing the ocean in their own sublime way, our customers share an infectious passion and excitement that transcends their daily lives. Our love of the ocean is the inspiration for our swim and dive instruction, travel services, marine biology education, and sustainability. We believe a healthy ocean is a healthy planet. Our goal is to create a powerful ecosystem where swimming, diving, adventure, education, and preservation come together to form a unique community. Whether you bring your child for swimming lessons, get certified, or travel across the globe with us, you can expect the same level of attention, safety and compassion.
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“dive shop” (7 reviews)
“scuba diving” (5 reviews)
“trip leader” (3 reviews)
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3015 Bluff St, Boulder, CO 80301-2101
+1 303-444-7234
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We recently did 2 back to back trips with Ocean first, the first to St Kitts/Saba and the second to Socorro Islands. Both were outstanding trips with the most professional trip leaders. The accommodations on the live aboards had clearly been vetted in advance and...More

Thank mikepivacek
Reviewed 26 November 2017

My wife and I did all of our class and pool work to get our open water certification with Ocean First - and loved it all. Our instructors were great - clear, precise, safe and a lot of fun. After doing everything that we could...More

Thank Andrew S
marleeglasgow, Manager at Ocean First, responded to this reviewResponded 27 November 2017

Hi Andrew, thank you for your kind words! We are so happy that you enjoyed your experience with us and had a good time diving in the Keys! We hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 11 September 2017

This really was a fun trip! Roger led the trip, and he was a great companion and mentor. He had everything very well organized. The hotels and food were great, and the Icelandic Dive Company we hooked up with in Reykjavik had excellent guides, and...More

Thank Kent C
marleeglasgow, Manager at Ocean First, responded to this reviewResponded 13 September 2017

Thank you for your kind words. We are happy to hear that you had a wonderful experience with Roger in Iceland and that we struck the correct balance between land adventures and scuba diving. We hope to see you on another trip soon!

Reviewed 12 March 2017

I have been traveling with Ocean First since it was Scuba Joe's Dive shop in the 90's. I have taken classes, bought gear and attended their socials. We are getting our kids 11 and 12 certified this month by OFD so we can take a...More

Thank momof2wildchilds
OceanFirst, Owner at Ocean First, responded to this reviewResponded 13 March 2017

I am thrilled to hear that you had such a fantastic experience to Antarctica and Argentina! It really was a special trip that is difficult to recap. Our goal at Ocean First is to exceed your expectations and conjure up some truly amazing adventures. Keep...More

Reviewed 2 July 2016

We spent 6 days with the Ocean First team in the Cayman Islands. Gary was our trip leader and was a fantastic buddy, teacher, mentor, and friend. It was an OUTSTANDING trip and something we will always remember. An Ocean First trip is fun for...More

Thank bfosbur
Reviewed 5 December 2015

The team here is the best at both instruction, service, and support. They are friendly, knowledgable, and great people. If you want dive classes from introductory to advanced there is no better instruction available. If you want gear that is properly fitted, high quality, and...More

Thank bfosbur
OceanFirst, Manager at Ocean First, responded to this reviewResponded 7 December 2015

Thank you, Bryn, for sharing your experience you had with Ocean First. We pride ourselves on quality instruction and support for every level of diver and we are thrilled to hear that you have enjoyed your time in our classes and in the retail shop....More

Reviewed 11 November 2015 via mobile

This review is for the kids swim lessons. They are expensive! $25 a class usually with 4 other kids and a $25 registration fee. I think they were good in the begining when my child was afraid of the water. After my child got better,...More

Thank Barbsiegogo
OceanFirst, Manager at Ocean First, responded to this reviewResponded 25 November 2015

Dear Barbsiegogo, Thank you for taking the opportunity to visit Ocean First Swim School. We’re very sorry to hear that our program didn’t continue to meet your expectations.With our small class sizes (4:1), we strive to cater to each child’s individual abilities. As one of...More

Reviewed 18 September 2015

When I first heard of a dive shop in Boulder, I thought huh?. Well not only do they sell all the things associated with scuba diving, and not only do they have a swimming pool on the premises where they have swimming lessons, and do...More

Thank Miriahm D
Reviewed 3 June 2015

Walked in to have my regulator serviced on June 2. Two people behind counter- one on the phone and absolutely oblivious to three customers waiting in line. Second person a young kid dealing w/ a customer and very unsure of what he was doing. Neither...More

Thank Bernie690
OceanFirst, Manager at Ocean First, responded to this reviewResponded 24 November 2015

Hi Bernie, I would like to follow up with your review, the staff tells me that you took us up on our offer to give us a second chance and they indicated that you had a positive experience. If that is the case, will you...More

Reviewed 24 May 2015

I've always loved snorkeling but was afraid to try diving because I'm uncomfortable under water. However, I decided to give diving a try because of the allure of seeing sea life 'up close.' The staff at Ocean First was beyond patient, and I am now...More

Thank nxmail
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