When deciding whether or not to obtain your Scuba Certification on vacation, it is often overwhelming to know where to begin the search process and what questions to ask a dive shop. Divers often wonder if a dive certification course in a foreign country will have the same validation as back home. This is one of the main concerns that travelers express when considering a Dive Course 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 5 Star 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 as you’ll be in the PADI system.
2. Is there a difference between doing the course in Punta Cana or at home?
Since all PADI dive centers are required use the same course material and follow specific guidelines, 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 the Open Water Dives in warmer water with better visibility (versus completing the open water dives on a lake). You are also on vacation and have more free time and are able to complete the course within a shorter time-frame.
3. Can my child 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 automatically be upgraded to the Open Water Certification upon turning 16 years old.
4. What is the difference between dive 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 avid teachers. 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 students from all levels and background.