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Largo
04-25-2008, 18:32
I am totally a NAUI guy, though I understand why other agencies are attractive.

What is your agency of choice?

Don Wray
04-25-2008, 18:39
PADI....there are no others except SSI in the area....nothing wrong with SSI but I was already certed PADI and wanted to stay with them as I work around the world.

Largo
04-25-2008, 18:40
I just posted a poll.

scubasamurai
04-25-2008, 19:53
padi, because,
one i didn't know about any other groups
two the dive shop i picked was padi
so i am in padi so i might as well continue that route

mixahl
04-25-2008, 19:56
padi, because,
one i didn't know about any other groups
two the dive shop i picked was padi
so i am in padi so i might as well continue that route

Same here.....

elijahb
04-25-2008, 20:00
ssi. my local shop was ssi so I am certified through them.
with padi your instructor is a private contractor so I believe they are not always accountable. with ssi your instructor is a shop employee.

Athena2c
04-25-2008, 20:18
Hmmm...can't really answer the poll. I am certified through both NAUI (OW & Rescue) and PADI (AOW & Nitrox), and can't really say I have a preference for either. For me, it has been more about the instructor, shop & convenience of class.

schu1842
04-25-2008, 20:27
YMCA: OW , AOW, and will finish SLAM Rescue on May 10! You also have the option of CMAS cert. after YMCA OW.

jtkkym
04-25-2008, 20:28
My closest LDS is PADI and I didn't know other ones.

Diver Dennis
04-25-2008, 20:28
I'm PADI, SSI and TDI. Most courses cover the same things, the important thing for me is how they are taught. The instructor is the most important consideration.

Largo
04-25-2008, 20:35
PADI is out in front on the poll.

comet24
04-25-2008, 20:45
SSI for OW

Year later PADI up through DM. Why, because the shop by my office had a good group of poeple.

Don Wray
04-25-2008, 20:55
ssi. my local shop was ssi so I am certified through them.
with padi your instructor is a private contractor so I believe they are not always accountable. with ssi your instructor is a shop employee.

Who ever told you PADI instructors aren't held accountable...we are held just as accountable as any other agency. We are FREE to do business outside of one LDS and don't have to cow tow to any one. PADI has alot of Quality Assurance in the program and as a PADI instructor, I MUST answer any questions regarding any complaints. I'm also not required to sell equipment to the students just because the shop I'm affiliated with sells it. I am free to recommend what I feel is the best for the student as I don't sell equipment. I let Scuba Toys handle that department.

Soonerwink
04-25-2008, 21:01
PADI, because their shop had a pool and the SSI shop didn't. I guess the PADI shop did a better job of selling their shop to me. I now really enjoy shopping at the SSI shop.

Zenagirl
04-25-2008, 21:31
PADI only because that's who we happened to start with, and we're about to finish our Master Scuba Diver certificates. I did my Dive Emergency Management Provider class with DAN last year, and frankly if DAN had more classes, I'd do more with them.

We wouldn't hesitate to do a class with another agency since we believe it's ALL about the instructor, not the agency. We've been very fortunate to have excellent instructors who just happened to be PADI affiliated.

I also don't believe that one agency is "better" than another....to me that's like saying a Nevada driver's license in better than a Colorado one...doesn't ultimately make that much sense when you think about it.

CompuDude
04-25-2008, 21:35
Do you mean our original, recreational certs?

Or who we currently train with most, by choice?

fisheater
04-25-2008, 22:21
ssi. my local shop was ssi so I am certified through them.
with padi your instructor is a private contractor so I believe they are not always accountable. with ssi your instructor is a shop employee.

Who ever told you PADI instructors aren't held accountable...we are held just as accountable as any other agency. We are FREE to do business outside of one LDS and don't have to cow tow to any one. PADI has alot of Quality Assurance in the program and as a PADI instructor, I MUST answer any questions regarding any complaints. I'm also not required to sell equipment to the students just because the shop I'm affiliated with sells it. I am free to recommend what I feel is the best for the student as I don't sell equipment. I let Scuba Toys handle that department.

My OW PADI instructor was held accountable. As soon as they got my paperwork, PADI emailed me a very detailed questionaire, going over each and every of the required pool and OW skills and HOW they were taught, supervised and what safety precautions were taken.

DollFin
04-25-2008, 22:56
PADI, as my instructors (who are also 2 of my best friends) run a PADI shop. I agree that the agency doesn't matter as long as the instructors are capable. Although I plan to do most of my continuing training with my friends (because hey, it's an excuse to go to St. Thomas! :) ) the closest LDS to me is NAUI and has excellent training from what I've heard, so I would have no reservations about taking courses from them too if the opportunity arises.

finflippers
04-25-2008, 23:34
I have no preference on an agency. For me it is all about the instructor. It is more important to have a good instructor that can make you learn and understand while making you feel comfortable then what it is to be certified by one agency or another.

I am certified NAUI - OW, PADI - AOW, and SSI - Nitrox. I always had good instructors that I felt comfortable around.

UCFKnightDiver
04-26-2008, 01:14
Can I vote NACD or maybeee GUE I am starting to sip the kool-aid oh god

frogman159
04-26-2008, 06:45
Naui, its what was offered

texdiveguy
04-26-2008, 07:06
PADI for recreational thru Dive Master.
DAN, PSI, DSAT for specialty areas.
TDI for technical thru Advanced Trimix.
It's all good fun!!! :)

CFDAlden
04-28-2008, 00:16
Currently PADI. There's only PADI and NAUI in my area, and the PADI classes fit into my schedule better. Both shops are fantastic, though. :)

skippy11
04-28-2008, 00:23
I did my OW w/ YMCA. I loved my instructor! We will be doing our AOW next week w/ ST (NAUI). Why? It was a christmas gift; had nothing to do w/ what agency.

RikRaeder
04-28-2008, 03:48
I don't care, as long as they're internationally recognized and provide an adequate training standard. Originally I was certified by YMCA (when PADI was brand-spanking new). Since then, all further training has been through PADI because I found a great instructor and that's who he's affiliated with (until I'm ready to get into ANDI classes). The agency is just a card mill, as far as I'm concerned. It's all about the teacher.

Darthwader
04-28-2008, 04:20
ANDI here. it was the only game in town.

harb99
04-28-2008, 09:55
PADI was the only option available to me when I got certified in 1994 (instructor was also a family friend) - my wife was certified by SSI last summer and we are going to take an SSI nitrox class prior to going to Bonaire.

DUnder
04-28-2008, 11:29
I went with PADI because the only dive shop in the local area that would give lessons in my town only teaches PADI. I found that my instructor was very good.

wolfen42
04-28-2008, 11:46
Same story as a lot of you. LDS is PADI. After going through their 7 week OW course (This was 7 weeks of just the confined water diving part) we were impressed enough with their instructors to continue with them for our AOW and EFR courses and will be taking rescue later this year hopefully.

divingmedic
04-28-2008, 11:52
SSI as I took my OW and AOW through college and SSI gives college credits for their classes. I was working on my Dive Control Specialist a few years ago, but working two jobs just I can afford to give diving twice a year, put a crimp in my finishing my Dive Con.

TX1Chica
04-28-2008, 16:15
I'm SSI for OW, but it doesn't really matter to me. When I get my Adv. I may go with another agency.

CPTOZZY
04-28-2008, 16:40
Hmmm...can't really answer the poll. I am certified through both NAUI (OW & Rescue) and PADI (AOW & Nitrox), and can't really say I have a preference for either. For me, it has been more about the instructor, shop & convenience of class.

Ditto: I'm OW / AOW / Rescue through PADI. I did my Nitrox NAUI becuase that's what my present Local Dive Shop certifies with

Sounder
04-28-2008, 17:36
Mmmm... kool-aid and cookies!!

navyhmc
04-29-2008, 11:51
I started with YMCA but switched to PADI as there were a number of places that didn't recognize YMCA back then.

To be fair, I haven't had any problems with any divers that have been certified in any of the major organizations.

TRACI
04-29-2008, 12:52
Since I only have O/W and nitrox with SSI, I have nothing to really compare to, I will probably just continue training with SSI.

MSilvia
04-29-2008, 17:34
I've taken a lot of PADI classes, but most recently my training has been with IANTD.

cummings66
04-29-2008, 19:34
I can't really answer the poll accurately because it only allows one choice to be made. I have multiple agencies and to be fair I think they each have good in them.

elijahb
05-02-2008, 20:23
two bad padi does the most marketing. I think they are one of the worse scuba agencies. I am glad to see that ssi is doing well though and naui how come there #s are down they were one of the first agencies.

Largo
05-02-2008, 20:36
I sort-of agree with what you're saying, but...based on your spelling and grammar,

Dang...


How much Moose-Juice have you had tonight?

longtailbda
06-07-2008, 14:28
For recreational purposes, if I were to start now I'd probably go Naui they seem to be a little more thorough than Padi; however I recommended my wife go with Padi since she's a little hesitant about diving and their course work is a little less intense. We'll spend more money to obtain the same level of knowledge but most of that will come with time.