Testimonials

Just finished 5 days of diving with Clive and Mark. Easy going, chilled out diving. It felt like we were diving together as a small group of friends rather than a dive guide/client relationship. Good bottom times and allowed to get the most out of our air rather than diving to a tight schedule. Definately the way to dive.
Andy Dyer, Bristol, UK

These days when a dive operator promises unlimited diving (max 60 mins) I go hmm...whats the catch here. But Clive kept his promise and we had some marvelous 18 dives where we were allowed to stay under the surface 60 minutes every time. Well yes, we could stay there for alonger but those locals dive with shorties and start to freeze :) I can truly recommend Dive Aruba and if you gonna go there, be sure to book your dives in advance. There is a reason why everybody wants to dive with Clive: The stroopf waffels!
Marco Christensen

I just got my open water certification in August, and Clive took me out for my first Caribbean dive last Monday. It was an unforgettable experience. There were only 6 of us out for a 2-tank dive trip, and I was one of the least experienced divers. Our first dive took us to a wreck in about 90' -- the deepest I've been so far. I used air faster than the more experienced divers that were with us, but Clive helped me make the most of it, and got me back on the boat without interfering with the dive time of the others who had a lot more experience and wanted to extend their dives longer. With a little guidance from Clive, I was able to extend my bottom time on the second dive as long as everyone else. Every time I visit Aruba, I will definitely book dives with Clive. He and his assistant, Matt, made us all feel comfortable and welcome. And even though my first dive was shorter than it ought to have been because of my own air consumption, I was still down on the wreck longer than divers with the other guide company, who went down after us, and were loading back up on the boat even before this rookie ran low on air. Clive won't rush you, but will ensure you are safe and have a great experience. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!
Jerry Zeidler, Danville, PA, USA

Just returned from 2 weeks in Aruba, having dived with Clive for five days. I would thoroughly recommend Clive and Dive Aruba, great knowledge and guidance, a small and personal service with very good quality gear. Long dives, many over an hour, very flexible. If we return to Aruba I will definitely dive with Clive
Christopher Hutchinson, Manchester, UK

Just returned from vacation where I dove two days with Clive. Can\'t say enough about Clive and his son Mark. What a great time. Long dive times and the best spots. We had several others who came on with us after cancelling with other companies that forced them to come up with over 1500 psi left in their tanks. Once again, thanks Clive for a great time and can\'t wait to come back down.
Nick Pacura, Ohio

In early spring of 2011 we completed our Open Water class material and the associated pool sessions. We were missing the Open Water dives required to become SSI certified. Since it was still snowing here in Michigan, it would have been kind of hard to complete these dives in a frozen Lake Michigan. We had a vacation planned for Aruba in late spring. Through some careful ground work, we were referred to Clive Paula at Dive Aruba as a dependable, experienced PADI dive instructor. We scheduled our dives with Clive ahead of time and had our local dive shop coordinate all the paperwork prior to the trip. Even though Dive Aruba’s dive boat was in for scheduled maintenance, Clive accommodated our tight schedule and arranged a wonderful set of shore dives. He is a very professional and experienced dive operator with a main focus on safety and customer satisfaction. He made us feel relaxed and at ease. It was clear from day one that Clive at Dive Aruba was going to be our regular operator of choice in Aruba. This Christmas we are planning another trip to Aruba and again we will be diving with Clive. Both Iselle and I are ecstatic with these upcoming boat dives. Let it snow (here in Michigan), yet we will be basking in the sun and exploring the blue waters surrounding the beautiful island of Aruba with the trusted guidance of Clive. Thank you very much Clive and we looking forward to many more splendid dives with you.
Gunnar & Iselle, Michigan, USA

I dived with Clive and his son back in the summer. He operatesca nice laid back operation but ensurescsafe diving. Dive times werevgenerally limited by your air consumption and many dives were over tne hour. Whilst other dive operators hassle you to conform to strict times clive just goes with the flow. When diving the utilla we went through the ship and i believe he is tne only operstot to do so. I cannot recommend clive and his son mark enough, great operation and even better diving in a great location.
Dave thomas, Bristol, UK

We did three dives with Clive this week. He was very personable and gives you a great dive experience. His groups are small so you don't feel like you are in a cattle herd. Nice relaxed trip and you are not rushed so you get to see everything. I would highly recommend diving with Clive and would go again anytime.
joanna, tallahassee, fl

We have been diving with Clive for over ten years, He's the best! Only small groups and full bottom time. Clive knows the best spots. Dive with Clive!
Dave & Karen, South Lake Tahoe, CA

Hi Clive and Mark Just got back to cold Sweden but the memories of great dives warms us. Had a really great time and wonderful dives. You made it so easy, everything was well organized. If we find our way back to Aruba you´ll be the one we go diving with. Regards Martina and Rickard
Martina Mandelholm, Sweden

I was in Aruba in mid August, 2012 and did a resort dive course with Clive. I was certified many years ago so this was a refresher course for me, but my two sons (13 and 15) were diving for the first time. Clive was extremely thorough and patient with the instructions before we went out to dive. His gear was in perfect condition. He was a pleasure to be with, and my sons had a wonderful experience learning to dive for the first time. One of my sons had some trouble equalizing, as did I, but Clive was very patient and very attentive. In the end we were able to stay down for 40 minutes and had a great time. We felt extremely safe the whole time. I would highly recommend Clive and would use him again without a doubt.
Gurmeet, New York

Received my open water cert. from Clive very knowledgeable & helpful small operation which I liked. there other exp. divers on board which talked highly of Clive & his son Mark He was always showing me something useful for my future dive Tx Rick B
Rick Balentine, Phila. Pa

Got a chance to dive with Clive and Mark on a recomendation by a friend. I have dove with many in Aruba but our trip to the Antilla and Blue reef was fantastic. I would highly sujest that in you are planning a trip to Aruba and hope to get in some good bottom time, give Clive a call. Thanks again Clive.
Don, Wappingers Falls, NY

I dove w/Clive on Sept 16th-19th. There were two other divers Monday & Tuesday(Grant and Kevin). We all enjoyed. Wednesday, it was only myself and Clive. For those whom have booked with other dive operators, you know that most have a minimum of 6 divers. Not Dive Aruba!! Do yourself a favor and maximize your bottom time(60 minutes or more all of my dives). Clive makes you a better diver by slowly exploring the reef/wreck and not expecting you to move at a fast pace. Book w/Divearuba.com and you won't be dissapointed. Regards, Doug Beck
Doug eck, southern Indiana

I recently returned from a 2 week vacation in Aruba. The primary purpose of my trip was to complete my PADI diving referral and then spend some time diving. I am in my 50’s and am not typically the best at these types of activities, although I have always wanted to scuba dive. Prior to the trip I searched the internet paying particular attention to Trip Advisor. Based on excellent reviews, Dive Aruba and Clive / Mark became my provider of choice. Noting some report difficulty booking due to the popularity of this operation, I reached out via Email. Took a couple of days to get a response, however easily booked everything. Dive Aruba is a small operation that brings together a professional approach with personable and flexible service. Clive is the owner and is supported by his son Mark who is 21. Typically there are no more than 6 divers; however if part of one group, on occasion there may be some flexibility. After being picked up on time at the hotel (no-extra charge for this service), the 1st stop is Clive’s home where paperwork is reviewed, completed and payments are made. Clive runs the business from his garage that is immaculate and well organized. It certainly gives you confidence in his set-up. I am not an expert in equipment; however others commented the equipment he used was some of the best they have seen in a rental operation. As divers selected weights, Clive was available to give advice; while allowing experienced divers’ freedom of choice. It is interesting; in the fresh water pool I was using 18lbs. My first dive with Clive was 16lbs and I was using 14lbs by the ends of the week. Clive thinks I could easily dive now with 12lbs. As I was doing my referral open water dives, Clive spent the morning with me. His son Mark led the other divers. Many were repeat customers from other years. I was briefed on expectations. My first dive was not the best due to my nervousness and style (or lack thereof). On the surface Clive was appropriately thorough in reviewing expectations and ensuring I was aware of the importance of each skill. As I had planned 9 dives as well as the 4 open water referral dives, the next morning Clive suggested we pace the skills over some extra dives. This would allow me time to enjoy my dives and not have the same pressure. He wanted to ensure my skills were well learned as well as my ability to relax breath and be appropriately balanced. Anyway, the change in pace reduced my stress level, increased my dive time and abilities. On my 6th dive, I was advised I am now certified. Was very pleased Clive had the combined ability to be picky, set high standards and personable. This gave me the confidence I needed as well as the confidence in knowing I had mastered the skills need as a new diver. As a certified diver I no longer needed to set-up tanks, etc. Although I was always pleased to help! For each dive, Clive was pleased to set-up tanks etc., but allowed freedom for those that wished to do their own. He also got all the tanks ready for the 2nd dive as we all enjoyed, juice, water and fresh cut pineapple. My next 7 dives were awesome. Briefings were thorough and included water entry / exit, the dive, what to look for etc. Buddying was done carefully to ensure dive times and skills were matched. Experienced divers were given latitude to maximize dive times etc. Newer divers like me were accompanied by Mark or Clive. I was accompanied by both and felt my safety as well as enjoyment were important in each dive. I was impressed with Marks maturity and personable approach for a person of his age. With Clive being and instructor and guide, I was able to experience wrecks, gentle drift dives and some deeper dives. When Clive was sure of my abilities and that I was ok, I was able to follow him through the cabin of an aircraft. Saw lots of marine life, including lion fish, turtles, eels, rock fish, octopus, squid and much more. Felt safe on all my dives. My dive time more doubled over the week, buoyancy improvedfirst After each dive, all wetsuits, regulators etc. were thoroughly disinfected. During my time diving I had occasion to see Clive deal with all sorts of personalities. I recall one person being particularly challenging. Clive handled the person with respect as he provided guidance to ensure the persons safety as well as the safety of the group came first. Experience divers all appreciated the latitude of lots of bottom time, freedom to dive within their skills and the personable and professional environment of a small operation/boat. Needless to say, I would strongly recommend Clive and Mark for the open water referrals as well as a place for new divers or experienced divers. Perhaps the best way to confirm my recommendation is to say, I have already booked 2 weeks in Aruba for March 2013 when I hope to learn more dive skills, complete my advance open water, try night dives, enjoy Aruba and more dives. Current plans also include my wife learning to dive. So…………………..Dive with Clive (& Mark) Dive Aruba. You won’t be disappointed.
Laurence Beatch, Calgary, Canada