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Help! What is the difference between NAUI and PADI?? I have just signed up for certification with a NAUI diving instructor. Does this limit me in any way? Does it really matter whether I am PADI or NAUI certified?
NO, it doesn't matter (both are pretty equal and are accepted worldwide).
A more clear and exact answer -
Once again the mother of all questions sticks its head out. Your question is one that can get a very loaded or heated debate going. Many people believe as strongly about COMPANY A as others feel about COMPANY B. When I personally look at them they all have things I really like and equally things I don't like. What it really boils down to is finding the one that's right for you.
A more important question than "Which Agency" is "Which Instructor". All certification agencies in the US meet the same minimum standard for entry-level certification. Many instructors hold cards from several agencies. The bottom line is really the Instructor not so much the agency for your initial certification. There are good Instructors and bad Instructors. Ask questions and feel comfortable.