When deciding whether to obtain your Scuba Diving Certification on vacation, it is often overwhelming to know where to begin the search process and what are key questions to ask a dive shop. Often people wonder if a dive certification course in a foreign country will be the same as back home. This is one of the main concerns that divers express when considering a dive shop in Punta Cana. Here are 4 questions to ask your dive shop before signing up for a certification course.
1.Will this license be valid in all countries?
Yes, most scuba certification courses are international and valid in all countries. If your dive shop uses a smaller/lesser known scuba certification organization, it is always great to double check. Here at SeaPro Divers, we are a PADI dive center and certify with the most popular and recognized certification organization. This is a plus if you are an avid traveler and plan to use your certification internationally.
2. Is there a difference between doing the certification course in Punta Cana or at home?
There is no main difference between the courses, all PADI dive centers are required use the PADI course material, therefore the concepts and principles will be the same. One of the main differences between obtaining your certification on vacation is that you’ll have the opportunity to complete your Open Water Dives in warm water with better visibility and more marine life (versus completing the open water dives in a lake). You are also on vacation and therefore have more free time and can complete the course in a shorter timeframe.
3. Can my children participate and how old do they have to be?
Children are always welcome to join the Open Water Certification Course. It is a great way to develop responsibility and bond together as a family. The minimum age to start the Open Water Course is 10 years old. Any diver under 16 will receive a Junior Open Water Certification, which will turn automatically into a Open Water certification when they are 16 years.
4. What is the difference between certification schools
Each dive shop will follow a specific scuba diving school, meaning that the certification will come from the Actual School. A few of the known schools are PADI, SSI and NAUI. All certifications my slightly vary, however if you ask any scuba diver, they will tell you that one of the most important aspects in the quality of the certification course is the actual Instructor that is teaching the course. Quality instructors that have a passion for teaching is key in any scuba certification course. Here at SeaPro Divers we use the criteria of Career Instructors when accessing a potential Instructor candidate. These are Instructors that are not only passionate for Scuba Diving, but also enjoy the teaching and educating. Our instructors must have sufficient experience within the Dive Industry; know the dive sites and ocean conditions in Dominican Republic but also have plenty of experience teaching.