What is PADI?
PADI is the acronym of – Professional Association Of Diving Instructors.
PADI is the world’s best organization, specializes in training scuba divers. John Cronin and Ralph Erickson are the founders of this organization, and it came into existence in the year 1966. John Cronin was initially an instructor in NAUI, but then he decided to form his own organization with his partner Erickson.
It also offers a recreational diving membership along with the training. The PADI Dive Centers and Resorts can be found everywhere around the world. There are more than 6,600 centers and 137,000 individual PADI professionals, and a considerable number of more than 27 million certificates have been issued world over.
What is NAUI?
NAUI (National Association of Underwater Instructors) is a globally reputed association. It boasts of its educational products and training, which are fully inclusive of core values of quality education. It has marked its name in the world with its new theories and researches, providing a cutting edge in technical diving. NAUI has always facilitated high training standards.
It is an association of Scuba instructors. A non-profit 501 (c) (6) organization that came into existence in 1960 and the founders being Albert Tillman and Neal Hass. Its head office is based in Tampa, Florida (US). It has extensive coverage of its training centers, resorts, stores with dive and member instructors in the Middle East, Europe, South Africa, Japan, the Pacific Rim, and Brazil.
The Significant Differences: PADI VS. NAUI
Which one should I choose? Let’s take a look
It is noteworthy here that when we talk about PADI and NAUI, we are indeed talking about the best scuba diving organizations in the world. Both these have been training people for years. However, both of them have specific differences also.
PADI, the largest organization, is a profit-making one. Its motto also states, ‘The way the world learns to dive.’ This organization is money-oriented, as the main aim is generating profits by offering products, training services, and marketing. It has its centers all over; even the dive shops are also located in every corner of the world.
NAUI, on the other hand, is a non-profit generating organization. Unlike PADI, their main focus is not minting money or earning profits. Their motto is ‘Dive safety through Education’. They believe in educating people to become safe divers in the future. Their motto is not as famous as PADI, but have certainly managed to train and produce excellent divers, making it the second-largest of its kind in the world.
Both these are certified authorities that can provide a card to the people who undergo training under them. This certificate acts as a license for the successfully trained scuba divers. Both being huge in name and fame, others are abundant too.
Every trained Scuba diver is C- card. This certificate comes with a confirmation that he or she has undergone training and completed the diving course successfully.
This certified is issued by well- known training organizations like PADI or NAUI. The biggest benefit of the certificates provided by these organizations is that they don’t have an expiry date. It seems very promising! One of my friends who underwent training from PADI got his certification card, and now he is a trained Scuba diver.
You might be thinking that if you are not able to do training from either of these organizations, then you won’t be able to become a trained scuba diver. But this isn’t true.
One can get enrolled in any other organization as well. But the charm of getting trained from a respected and reputed organization is entirely different. It is just like choosing branded clothes over the non-branded ones. Ultimately, the choice is personal.
PADI Open Water Scuba Certification Course – Three Major Stages
Developing The Required Knowledge
This is the first thing which one should know completely.
When we plan a dive, what should we consider.
Choosing the right scuba dive gear.
Other diving procedures along with underwater signals.
The information regarding this will be easily provided to you by sellers of this equipment. One can also go through the manuals, classroom sessions or online e-learning. Videos can also be watched by the beginners to get detailed theoretical knowledge for learning the skills. Even the instructors demonstrate each skill in detail. All the techniques and skills can be easily introduced to you with the help of this.
Practical Training With Confined Water Dives
This is where practical training about diving initializes. It’s apt to mention here that only theory doesn’t work if practical training is not there. At this stage, we can get training sessions in a swimming pool or a calm beach with the help of the instructor. The basic scuba diving skills are accomplished then. Some essential traits in which we get trained can be listed right here
How to set up your scuba gear?
In case water enters the mask, how to drain it out.
Getting in and getting out of the water.
Controlling your floats with an appropriate balance.
How safe and secure is everything? Of course, learning all the methods.
All these have to be practiced under the supervision of an instructor. The diver will have to undergo 5 sessions ranging from simple to complicated, with the water getting deeper. The instructor will train perfectly for the same.
Dives In Open Waters
The adventure starts right here, as the diver gets furnished with the proper skills to dive in the ocean and explore the depths. The previous techniques learned while the confined dives were experienced, have to apply here confidently. A maximum of five practice dive sessions will be done under the supervision of the instructor.
‘Practice makes a man perfect’ is right to quote here. The more practice will give you confidence, and the more experience will ultimately train you into a better diver.
It takes about a week to learn this course, which is taught by PADI instructors. After the three phases of a diver are complete, then a final exam is taken for issuing the certificate. Like any other exam, this one will also test your requisite knowledge and skills to complete the course with proper certification. The C-card is issued to a diver by PADI, only after qualifying the exam.
After qualifying and undertaking this course, one can dive 18 m deep and can also enroll for further courses like shark diving, shipwreck, and deep diving. It is also recommended to divers not just to finish here; refresher sessions should also be undertaken to keep getting better. Become a master of techniques and skills with this course.
NAUI Certification And Its Types
NAUI, as discussed above in the article, is one of the most respected and reputed organizations of the world, which has mastered training and educating scuba divers for decades all over the world. This not-for-profit training organization trains people to get skillful lessons for safe diving.
As per the knowledge and skill acquired by each diver, the certificate is issued at each level.
Mainly six types of courses are offered by NAUI:
The cost of scuba diving certification?
All over the world, the scuba diving cost differs, depending on your country and location. Every place, country or region has a different cost structure. A diver will have to pay an approximate cost ranging from $350 to $500 for becoming a trained scuba diver. In case you hire any equipment for scuba diving and the additional course material is included in the fee itself, and no extra charges you are required to pay.
Can one Scuba dive without certification?
This question is something that can strike anyone’s mind. Precisely, one can dive and do scuba diving without any certification. But it involves a lot of risks and might prove fatal or dangerous.
It’s just like appearing for an exam without proper knowledge and practice. That’s why there are training schools like PADI, NAVI, SSI, and BSAC to make you the best and trained divers.
In simple terms, we will not be considered as trained scuba divers with acquired skills, if we are not certified.
Whether PADI or NAUI, the basic traits to be grasped and excelled are more or less similar for any training school. Training and practicing should be of foremost concern for any learner.
On a personal note, I would like to quote as I always say ‘Choice is yours’. Get trained and acquire knowledge from any good training organization, it will certainly help you in providing confidence and to become a skilled scuba diver.
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