Advantages of Dive Training
The advantages of dive training, proper dive training, are immeasurable.
The advantages of dive training can not be understated. If you’re an experienced diver, or even a complete novice who fancies giving it a go, then you really should be PADI trained.
As you will find in this article, dive training will make sure that your dives are safer and far more fun. It also opens up endless opportunities to explore life under the sea during your travels.
What is PADI?
PADI is the Professional Association of Diving Instructors – the world’s leading training organisation for scuba divers. It has over 136,000 professional instructors who have issued more than 24 million certifications to diving enthusiasts across the globe.
PADI courses ensure that all divers are able to enjoy their hobby in safety. These courses adhere to a ‘Four Es Philosophy’, which is as follows:
- Education – Learning to scuba dive to the best of your abilities
- Experience – Experience a variety of dive sites around the world
- Equipment – Ensuring you have the most reliable equipment
- Environmental Conservation – Ensuring that divers do not negatively impact the marine environment
Why should you be PADI certified?
The most obvious reason for being PADI qualified is safety. Without adequate training and equipment, diving can be an extremely dangerous endeavour.
Risks include decompression sickness and nitrogen overexposure. With adequate training and experienced instructors, however, these risks are minimal.
A certification will allow you to enjoy diving without worrying about the worst happening.
Once you’re qualified, you’ll have far more fun on dives! You’ll gain the confidence to attempt increasingly difficult dives and you’ll be able to relax and enjoy your experiences under the water.
Gaining a qualification is just the beginning! Once you have qualified as a diver, many more possibilities will be open to you. Wherever you might decide to visit in the future, you’ll have the option of diving and discovering a brand new perspective.
The qualification is internationally-recognised; in fact, many dive centres require it before they let you out in the water.
If you really get the diving bug, then a whole host of further qualifications are available – you can even train to become an instructor yourself! This is a fantastic way for the most dedicated divers to turn their passion into their livelihood.
A qualification can also save you money – your insurance premium could well be lower for water sports if you tell your insurer that you are PADI qualified!
A dive training holiday
So now we’ve sold it to you, where can you go to qualify? The best idea is to make a holiday out of it and learn on site.
You can do this in many places around the world, but Thailand is perhaps the better option, with a range of opportunities available. Go Pro Asia is one of the best companies around.
Based on Koh Tao (voted #3 in Lonely Planet’s top 10 must-see destinations) it offers the most diverse range of courses and internships in Asia. These range from courses for complete beginners, to certificates on technical diving for the most experienced enthusiast.
The island is also the dream location to learn; you can spend your time on land relaxing on its white sands or drinking in one of its lively beach bars. You won’t have more fun training anywhere else!
Jeff Glenn, the author of Advantages of Dive Training, is Founder of Go Pro Asia, one of Thailand’s most popular professional dive training resorts. Jeff is a PADI course director and technical diving instructor trainer and has over 20 years’ experience in the dive industry.
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