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Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by OnTheMark, Aug 9, 2020.

  1. OnTheMark

    OnTheMark Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: USA
    I recently completed my Open Water Certification and am super excited about scuba. In my college days, I used to scuba dive and was certified by IDEA. This time, I got my certification with PADI. It was only after signing up, I started sensing a general dislike for PADI from the scuba community. From what I pick up, PADI tends to push courses (other agencies may be guilty of this too), rush divers through programs and reward dive centers based on their revenue production with little regard to quality.

    Is that the gist of it or is there more? Do PADI divers tend to be over confident or jerks? Having just gone through the course, I felt ok with it. However, I am extremely comfortable in water so I may not be a good judge. It may be more dependent on the instructor versus the agency and I'll say that our instruction did not let anyone take any shortcuts; everyone had to do everything.

    Just interested to know what I've got myself into and if I should hide the fact that I got my certification via PADI.
  2. Manatee Diver

    Manatee Diver Stop throwing lettuce at me! ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: None - Not Certified
    Location: Tampa Bay, FL
    Outside of a very small minority no one really cares.
    mallbritton, Snoweman, V1P3R and 31 others like this.
  3. tursiops

    tursiops Marine Scientist and Master Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: U.S. East Coast
    You find a lot of PADI haters; some of that is group mentality....it is cool to pile on.
    Just be a good diver.....show you had a good instructor....surprise the PADI haters, many of whom are probably not such good divers themselves! It is always good to have someone to look down upon...makes the inadequate feel better.
  4. Barnaby'sDad

    Barnaby'sDad ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Virginia
    Once you get out diving on your own...very few people (outside of the internets) care what agency you went with.
  5. Wookie

    Wookie Secret Field Agent ScubaBoard Business Sponsor

    When 90% of divers carry PADI cards, and 99% of instructors are PADI, the hate is misplaced.

    I completely made those numbers up, but I’d bet I’m not far off.
  6. Barnaby'sDad

    Barnaby'sDad ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Virginia
    Yup. They’re not. The vast majority of people that I run into have PADI cert(s).
    chillyinCanada and OnTheMark like this.
  7. JimBlay

    JimBlay Divin' Papaw ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: South Florida
    No one really cares. They really don’t. Just be a good diver. That’s what we all care about!
    Kensei, Doc, V1P3R and 7 others like this.
  8. Dubious

    Dubious ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    One time last year I had a person make a snide comment about being certified by PADI when getting a fill. The shop was NAUI dive center. I think it was a running joke in the shop.

    I was not a big fan of my PADI training. I think this is partially PADI's fault. I have talked to a few instructors who said quantity over quality is emphasized by PADI and by extension their shop.
  9. runsongas

    runsongas Great White

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: California - Bay Area
    the padi "hate" is mainly due to them losing their way in pursuit of profit. they care about revenue more than training their students to be divers these days.
  10. RogueClimber

    RogueClimber ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Honolulu
    I've taken thousands of customers out on our boats and don't recall which agency they certified through for any of them. Yes the shop checks to ensure certification, but on the boat, we dive.

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