All too often we get asked by our divers, “what gear do you use?” When you are looking at purchasing your own dive gear, sometimes it can be overwhelming with all of the information available online. If you’re anything like me, I spend hours researching before I make a purchase, and sometimes I end up being more confused than when I started. If you ask 5 different people, you’re going to get 5 different opinions!
Our staff are in the water diving 3-5 days a week, so needless to say we log some major hours with our dive gear! Let us tell you our experience with the gear, what works for us, what didn’t, and why!
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This is a common question we hear when people are inquiring about learning to scuba dive. What many people don’t realize is PADI is actually the certifying agency who not only certifies beginner divers, but also offers a wide variety of other courses such as: PADI Advanced, PADI Rescue, and even PADI Instructor Courses!
What does PADI stand for?
PADI Stands for Professional Association of Dive Instructors.
There are a few other certifying agencies out there such as SSI (Scuba Schools International) and NAUI (National Association of Underwater Instructors), but PADI is by far the most recognized.
Why do most people choose PADI?
• As a PADI Diver you will hold the most recognized diver certification in the world.
• Your PADI diver certification is for life.
• PADI has issued more than 23 million certifications worldwide.
• PADI is the leader in professional quality, service and support.
• PADI’s courses encompass environmental awareness & responsibilities.
How to get certified?
In order learn to scuba dive you must first complete the PADI Open Water Course. The course consists of three phases:
Knowledge Development to understand basic principles of scuba diving
Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills
Open Water Dives to use your skills and explore!
The Diving Locker offers this course 3 different ways depending on your schedule and preferences:
The Diving Locker also offers trips (both local and tropical) after you are certified which is a great way to keep diving! You don’t need to have a buddy, in fact most people who join our trips and courses come on their own. We will buddy you up with another dive with a similar skill level, this gives you a great opportunity to meet other divers!