Best way to chose a dive shop, as well as other services as a matter of fact, is following recommendation from a trusted person – a friend or a family member. But, what if you don’t know anyone who completed diving course, or you want to do it abroad where none of your friends went before?
Of course the internet comes to an aid (doesn’t it always nowadays?).
My suggestion is to look for recommendations on biggest services: Tripadvisor and Google. Don’t only look at the rating and number of stars, but take your time to actually read the comments. Do they sound genuine? Were those people enthusiastic and happy about their training? What do they say about safety?
Do not get discouraged if you encounter one or two bad opinions, read what it was all about and check out the reaction of management. Even the greatest make a mistake, but it’s how they handle it is important.
If you like most of the opinions that you read, you may have found your winner.