A question that has been asked for many years by those looking to become a certified diver. Firstly lets look at what a reparable training agency should have. I will put it in point form to make it easier to follow.
- Being recognized by the WRSTC (World Recreational Scuba Training Council). This organisation does not design courses, what they do is set down the minimum standards for what skills and performance requirements should be included in a certification course. Some training agency’s are recognized, others are not!
- Up to date training materials for students divers and instructors.
- Recognized certification credentials world wide.
- World wide office support and record keeping for their members (instructors and dive shops) and certified divers.
So that is the training agency, what about the Dive Centre who is a affiliated member of a training agency. What should you be looking for now? In some areas there are many dive operators to choose from, your budget should not be the deciding factor as to which dive operator you choose. Remember people, we are teaching you how to breath underwater for a extended period of time. The skills we teach the experience you gain will keep you diving safely for years to come, discounted prices usually end up as a discounted course……..if you know what I mean! Things to look for
- Professional looking Dive Centre, certainly not a booking office that sells elephant tours.
- Dive operators that have their own well maintained rental equipment. Ask to see it!
- A classroom that offers you a enjoyable learning experience. Ask to see it!
- Professional staff, Professional instructors
This brings us to the most important person when it comes to your training, the Instructor!
- They should be professional at all times
When you do begin your course, please pay attention to the videos. The videos will show you all the skills that are required for your certification course. Your instructor might be a great person, but if they are not teaching you ALL the skills of your course you are getting that discounted course!
So who should you choose to complete your dive training with, A Professional Dive Operator that has all the points above, because believe me they are not all the same!
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