Scuba Diving Organizations. There are numerous scuba agencies available and some are highlighted in this video.
Take your time and look at all your options, cost, pool time, training materials, additional fees and others.
Some (not all, there are many more) of the popular Scuba agencies are listed below:
- Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI)
- National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI)
- Scuba Diving International (SDI)
- Scuba Schools International (SSI)
- Confederation Mondiale des Activites Subaquatiques (CMAS)
All are very good, just different teaching methods.
Look for the quality and experience of the instructor, this is a strong recommendation. Also how many students they allow per class. You want some personalized training and one on one with the instructor as much as possible.
Some shops offer what’s known as an express course, which has self-study first with a classroom review, followed by a pool session. The following couple of days take place in the open water for the dives, after which the divers are typically issued their open water certificates. – this isn’t so much a PADI thing, but the approach that I’ve settled on which seems to work the best for most people
Master Scuba Diver Trainer Marcus Gee leaves your with a few points to remember:
- Always dive within your training certified level.
- Always ascend slowly and safely.
- As you progress, do not forget the basics such as your three-minute safety stop prior to coming to the surface.