Get Scuba Certified! There are dozens of agencies that provide Scuba diver certification. For the new diver, this can be confusing. PADI and NAUI are the two best known. There is also SSI, SDI and SEI just to name a few. Which one is best? Each one of these agencies will issue a universally recognized “C Card” upon the successful completion of the basic Open Water Course.

When selecting a dive program it is best to consult with a several local dive shops and experienced divers who have recently completed a certification. The quality of the instruction is what matters, regardless of certifying agency. It is not the certifying agency but the competence of the Dive Instructor that makes the difference.

Dive instruction, with few exceptions has been standardized across the recreational diving industry. What about advanced training after the Basic Open Water Course?      ひたちなか市 学習塾  There is general recognition of certifying courses between agencies. When I received my C-Card I went through a NAUI certified dive operation. I liked the idea of going through a non-profit agency.

When I went for the Advanced Open Water course I decided to try PADI. In each instance the instruction was excellent. The important thing is go with an instructor that has a solid reputation and the rest will follow.

Basic Open Water diver training involves taking a course from a certifying agency. The training consists of several classroom lectures and practical exercises, multiple dives in a pool environment and finally, dives in open water.

Once you complete the classroom portion, pass the exam and complete the pool and open water requirements, you become a, “certified diver” and receive your “C- Card”. Your instructor will provide you with a temporary card until the certifying agency sends you a permanent card. You are now ready to begin your diving adventures! Once you complete open water certification, it is highly recommended that you move on to an advanced level certification.

Many dive operations will require an Advanced Open Water certification before diving with them. It’s a good idea to check a dive guide’s requirements before booking with them. Advanced certification is a continuing education course for certified divers. The advanced level certification increases your knowledge and skills as a diver. It also enables you take advantage of different diving opportunities.

Advanced dive courses consist of multiple dives under varying conditions and a set number of hours of classroom work to complete the advanced certification. Some of the dives you’ll conduct include; night diving, navigation, a deep dive, search and recovery, boat diving, non-penetration wreck diving and shore diving.

Once you complete an advanced certification, you can move on to further levels of certification such as Rescue Diver and Dive Master. To get the most from the course and to become the best diver you can be, read and study each assigned module prior to class.

Keep the learning objectives in mind as you study. Review often and immediately after completing a section. Take detailed notes on areas you’re unclear about, listen to your instructor, ask questions and make sure everything is clear before moving on.

Be sure to log your dives so that you can review them once the course is completed. Your log may be required for future courses. When you’re ready to further increase your skills and knowledge about diving, consult your local dive shop. It is a good idea to find a “home” dive shop to find out about local dive opportunities. Good diving!

Ty is an avid Scuba Diver, writer and adventurer who enjoys finding dive spots that are off the beaten path. He lives in the US Mid-Atlantic region and travels extensively.