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I was checking out some dive sites I am hitting up soon and saw a banner for a new National Geographic PADI Open Water and wondered if anyone had actually done it or their thoughts?
I doubt I would do it - but feedback would be cool.
Personally, the best part of the class for us was the extra dives and the confidence we gained through them. Knowing what my confidence level was after the first 4 dives, there's a good chance I would have been certified and never dove again. However, the last two dives really boosted my confidence level in my skills. That and the "exploration project" was a really cool experience. Taught me to spend time looking at things instead of just worrying about skills.
I did it at as extension to my OW earlier this year.
It was a generally good fun (learning proper boyancy controls so one could hover stationary above a reef to draw it on a slate was one of the tasks set to us), and did teach a few good skills.
You get a kick *** card too, much better than the other PADI ones, but thats only a bonus, lol.
I do like my fish, and as a newly qualified divers, it gave me more of an eye to find the critters.
I did PPB and navigation adventure dives during the Nat Geo which counted towards the AOW i did later on. I'd recommend doing these too, because those dives and the course material reinforce each other superbly IMHO.