Some of the differents diving agencies
are members of The World
Recreational Scuba Training Council (WRSTC) or European Underwater Federation (EUF) that are dedicated to the
the recreational diving public by regulating the development of
minimum training standards.
These Scuba Diving organizations have to meet
in order to buy liability insurance and defend themselves from lawsuits.
an open water course it's important to
remember that many dive schools and instructors hold certifications
All courses are quite similar, they teach you safe diving and an entry
certification card from any main organization will be recognized by
operators anywhere in the world.
Important for your training
What is most
important for your training as a good diver is the experience and
attitude of your dive
instructor. Many students will pick up all the bacis very
quickly, you can call those naturals, but there are some that will need
get used to it and that is when the experience and the attitude of the
instructor can change everything. No matter which
should choose to certify with.
The importance of what you
choose will be when you decide on qualifications
or level upgrades. This will increase your knowledge and confidence in
diving and will propel you
to a pro level. You must know that most popular dive organizations
each other's certifications at the recreational level, it may get a
little difficult when it comes to the professional level.
If what you
want is to have a profession in diving, most divers stick
to one agencie and when they reach the professional level they do
Recognized or Best Diving
Underwater Certifications now popularly known as ACUC
1969 ACUC has continually developed world class recreational Diver and
Instructor training programs.
ACUC is a founding member of the
Canadian and European RSTC (Recreational Scuba Training
therefore are recognized by all World Recreational Scuba
Training Council member's agencies.
"British Sub-Aqua Club" UK's leading dive club and the sport's
National Governing Body, providing an internationally-recognised diver
training and development programme via a network of clubs and centres
across the United Kingdom and overseas. The club was founded in 1953
and has over 50,000 members. Given that UK waters are relatively cold
and have restricted visibility, BSAC training is regarded by its
members as more comprehensive than some. Specifically it places
emphasis on rescue training very early in the programme.
"Confederation Mondiale des Activites Subaquatiques" is the world's
certification agency. Originally founded in Brussels, Belgium, CMAS is
headquartered in Rome, Italy. CMAS has quite a different rating system
other agencies that is based on star levels. CMAS can be found in many
countries around the world but is primarily active in Europe.
The "International Diving Educators
Association" provides quality training to both
recreational and professional scuba divers throughout the United States
and in more than 30 foreign counties. Originally established in 1952 as
the training arm of the Florida Skin Divers Association, IDEA quickly
grew into an independent organization and a respected leader in the
"National Association of Underwater
Founded in 1959 is one of the biggest global certification agencies.
system is quite similar to SSI and PADI. NAUI has also had a technical
division since 1997. NAUI dive centers can be found primarily in North
Worldwide remains the oldest
international not-for-profit membership training agency organized
support and promote dive safety through education.
"Professional Association of Diving Instructors" is by far most
recognized dive certification agency in the world. It's usually
to find a PADI instructor in any diving destination and more beginning
are certified by PADI than by all of the other agencies combined. PADI
First Response, an organization providing CPR and First Aid training
not only to divers, but the public in general.
"Scuba Schools International's" 2000 authorized dealers and 225
can be found in 90 countries around the world. SSI's diver education
very similar to PADI's system. Headquartered in Colorado, USA, SSI
facilities are in particular abundance in North America and South East
PADI and SSI are members
of WRSTC. For
a list of all defferent diving agencies, please click HERE.
Over To The Different Diving Agencies
Professional recreational divers in search for work
in the diving industry, will try to get certified with more than one of
the most worldwide recognized
organizations. Many of them will do a cross over to fulfill
their goals. For those
diving agencies that
really emphasise on their courses, their professional members will see an advantage
when crossing over, see example.
agencies will accept your training credentials from a competing agency.
Having professional level with multiple agencies is fairly common and
not difficult to do. The hard part is to maintain your annual
professional memberships which you must pay a fee for to each
training agency. And
also, the stock of diffent training packages and student records for
Also when crossing over professionals still have to take courses; they pay for them and have to pass exams to have other agencies credentials. For non professional levels many diving agencies believe that they are much better than the competition and they don’t compare them self or the level of training they provide with other agencies.