Licensing

1 year 2 weeks ago #302862 by arx68j
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Just had an introductory dive up in Reefs off Port Douglas, this stuff is addictive!!! Thank you so much for the people that host/manage/contribute to this wonderful site, I was up to 4am on new year's day reading a lot of the post on here. I am hooked and I want more.

Just a quick question - I am tossing up between PADI or SSI, any comments would be most appreciated.

I will be booking for our family of 5 and we live on the north shore of Sydney, a recommended shop would also be most appreciated.

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1 year 2 weeks ago - 1 year 2 weeks ago #302864 by andrewg
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PADI is more widely recognised if you plan to dive overseas. But the quality of training depends on the Instructor, not the training agency. Call a few local dive shops. Talk to the person that will actually be instructing you. If you like them, sign up.
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1 year 2 weeks ago #302865 by AB
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The general consensus is that the certifying agency isn't that important, just find the best instructors in your area. There are a plethora of deals around, and fair warning, they aren't always the bargain they seem to be. Look at what the course actually gives you by way of number of dives, and if boat dives are included, what hire gear is included, and be sure the cert enables you to dive without needing a DM.

Also, they are certifications issued by private companies, not legal licences as some shops would lead you to believe.

Alan
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1 year 2 weeks ago #302867 by Troy K
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Also, almost every course will require you own your own mask, snorkel, fins, boots.
Be prepared to spend a couple hundred on quality gear that will last you.
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1 year 2 weeks ago - 1 year 2 weeks ago #302868 by Stan Bugg
Stan Bugg replied the topic: Licensing
I will leave any recommendation re Sydney instructors and schools to Sydneysider diveozians, but I endorse the view that the key to quality training is to choose a quality instructor regardless of the agency.
I agree with Alan; ask a lot of questions and beware hidden costs and extra when booking a course. Quality training is neither quick nor cheap.
Ignore any implication that you must go with PADI or SSI because they will be "more recognised overseas."
My experience does not support this notion.
I carry certification cards from six different agencies when I travel, and none of them are PADI. Most of the time no-one even asks to see a card. When they do, I show them my most obscure card first, with the intention of working up to more recognisable agencies if necessary. I have NEVER needed to show a second card.
Having said that, if you are impressed enough with a PADI or SSI instructor, go with them.
Regards,
Stan
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1 year 2 weeks ago #302869 by Troy K
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Also on agencies... All my certs are through SDI.
They have always been happily accepted when abroad (thailand, fiji etc)

Ask everyone you can, checkout the store before you book anything, ask about course size too.

Groupon etc style deals can often be a 'trap', but then I have also seen amazing instructors delivery great courses even on the $199 style Open Water course.

Research away, and wish you happy and safe diving!
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1 year 2 weeks ago #302870 by spiro
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I have done a few courses with frog dive at Willoughby, I recommend them for doing good courses, and having great facilities to use. they also have a very active boat and shore diving club. Owner Denis and one of his long time staff John Warner are very experienced and passionate about diving.

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1 year 1 week ago - 1 year 1 week ago #302884 by The Padi Police
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PADI, SSI, SDI or RAID, it really doesn't matter which you use, they're all pretty much the same thing and universally recognised.

If you're booking for five it may be worth considering an independent instructor. I hear Les Graham has given up on retirement, if you're willing to travel to the Central Coast he'd be your man.
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