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I want to do my DM training in the US! Anyone know Where is best?

Discussion in 'Introductions & Greets' started by Sarah Richard, Jul 19, 2014.

  1. cbl

    cbl Registered

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada
    After reading your questions, and understanding you want to be in USA, have you considered Mexico! I too had those questions, but chose Cabo San Lucas Mexico due to the cost and proximity of dive locations. There are many dive shops, good accommodations, and reasonable costs involved. Conditions vary, but there are always lots of dive tourists to develop your guiding abilities as a DM. I took my DM at Nautilus because they are Californian's who run it, they have their own training pool, compressor, boat, etc. I feel I benefited greatly from their experience.
  2. Instructor_Tom

    Instructor_Tom DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: UpState SC
    If your going pro the best place i can recommend is EASE - Eastern Academy of Scuba Education. The course director has a reputation for getting students to pass there IE exams first time out. The best thing about going through EASE is that there is a crash house where all the education takes place and is included in the cost of the training so it is completely immersive.

    I just completed my PADI Instructor Cert and my EFR Instructor 2 weeks ago. We had 11 candidates in the house at one time. It was a great experience and well worth the money spent.


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  3. Dorian

    Dorian Registered

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Los Angeles, CA
    I'm going to agree with Dr. Bill. I happen to live in Southern California and travel and dive a fair amount. I went through my PADI DM and NAUI instructor training in California. The conditions are more challenging than in warm water. Groups and students run into more issues. They deal with more weight, thicker wetsuits, kelp, mediocre visibility, etc...... I regularly see tropically trained diver struggle when they hit the cold water.

    There are some great programs out there, but it would ask myself if you are looking for the fastest and easiest path towards the certification or the opportunity to really challenge yourself and grow as a diver as you go pro.

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