My experience with PADI...
Christian - Open Water Diver
September 22, 2003 at 13:35:45
I just finished my open water dives through a local Scuba Shop this past weekend. Tuesday I pick up my open water certification. I went through classroom work that was extremely beneficial and had to past four exams to make it to the pool dive. In the pool we practiced for open water and in open water we practiced everything. I cant imagine skipping out on any part of my traning, which it sounds like this scuba cert does. My instructor said nothing about this shorter class so I didn't know it exists till I read this.
I did my first dive ever off Ohau this past February and became infatuated with it. Going back in 04, however this time certified so I can get a little more out of it. I plan on expanding my certification as soon as possible (Its getting cold in Michigan or I would do it now).
I dont know much about PADI or their practices, however their open water course was extremely educational and I would recommend them to anyone.