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Recommendations where to do Open Water course.

Discussion in 'Introductions and Greets' started by geezer2005, Jun 9, 2019.

  1. Justin Bove

    Justin Bove Angel Fish

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: United States
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    I guess I'm old school, but your certification dive is best done in the worst locations. Like a murky cold quarry. It's uncomfortable, little scary, makes you anxious, and makes you respect all the training. I've never been paired with a dive buddy who got OW certified in lousy conditions who was flaky.
     
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  2. TMHeimer

    TMHeimer Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Dartmouth,NS,Canada(Eastern Passage-Atlantic)
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    Yes this. If you only plan to dive the tropics I disagree with those saying it's best to train somewhere cold, murky and more challenging. There can be different problems in the exotic places. However, if you can find a shop in the UK where you can do the whole course locally--without charging you any extra rent for equipment (tanks, wetsuit, drysuit, etc.--you'll have to own your own fins and mask anyway), then you won't have to spend 2 full vacation days doing course skills in the ocean. You'll already be certified.
     
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  3. Chidiver1

    Chidiver1 Nassau Grouper

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    This.
     
  4. wetb4igetinthewater

    wetb4igetinthewater Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Seattle
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    I hope that was meant to be a joke.
     
  5. Graeme Fraser

    Graeme Fraser Tech Instructor

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
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    Whilst I would usually recommend taking your OW at 'home', if you are 100% sure you'll only dive in warmer climates there's nothing wrong with completing abroad. However, it's still definitely worth doing the theory and pool work before you go and doing your open water dives as a referral.
     
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  6. TMHeimer

    TMHeimer Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Dartmouth,NS,Canada(Eastern Passage-Atlantic)
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    What, there are no 4 Star shops?
     
  7. wetb4igetinthewater

    wetb4igetinthewater Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Seattle
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    lol, no. Just that 5 star means absolutely nothing in terms of quality.
     
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  8. TMHeimer

    TMHeimer Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Dartmouth,NS,Canada(Eastern Passage-Atlantic)
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    Actually, the 4-5 "5 Star" shops I've experienced seemed to be very good quality. But, my previous post was sarcastic--how can you be a 5 Star shop when there are no lesser Star shops.....
     
  9. wetb4igetinthewater

    wetb4igetinthewater Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Seattle
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    There doesn’t have to be logic behind marketing campaigns
     
  10. geezer2005

    geezer2005 Garibaldi

    # of Dives: None - Not Certified
    Location: uk
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    Many thanks for all the recommendations and advice. Im going to have a good read up on everything. I did consider doing the referral, sounds a good idea to me!
     
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