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Old 01-06-2005   #1 (permalink)
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Best place to get PADI certified

Hi all,

Wondering from those who have dived with the various companies in Playa which ones are considered the best. I was thinking of getting my Open Water PADI cert while I'm down there and with the Playacard saving at Abyss I think that would pay for the thing right there if I never used the thing before. Are Abyss considered one of the best? Seems like a no brainer but anyone have any opinions?
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Oye!
We just had a thread dealing with someone's negative feelings about dive shops. I am not a diver myself, but I did some research for a friend, and the places affiliated with the Playa Deal Card are all well thought of.
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Thanks maybe I'll dig a little deeper and find that thread. Cheers.
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I don't know what the going rate for certification is in Canada. In Texas we can get fully certified from a wide number of dive shops for around $150. There have been suggestions on this board that you do the classes at and the certification dives in paradise. You might want think about bifurcating your certification between classes in Canada and dives in PDC to save vacation time. James has a relationship with the Abyss dive shop and you might get a better rate with the PDC Card.
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$150 for certification is great. In Michigan the certifications run around $350-$400. Not including the open waterdive. Thats one of the reasons I havn't made the plunge yet. That and I work nights so would have to trade some days to get the class nights off.
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Thanks I'll look into that option as well. Definitely at least I'm going to study up in the next couple weeks before I go down there as I don't want to spend too much time with my nose in books while I'm down there.

Also I think my memory retention will be somewhat better at home then while on holiday heh heh
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Are you taking the majority of your course there and then just getting your Open Water in PDC? That would be the best approach, you aren't wasting valuable vacation time in classes...

We looked into it and doing the course here and getting final cert. there would have been almost $500 total. So this year we decided to just take the PADI 'Scuba Diver Course', it is one step up from the Discover Scuba and allows you to do shallower (under 40 feet I think) dives accompanied by a dive master on trips.

I heard Abyss is good and also Sealife Divers.
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All of the place you go are pretty much great,,,,Zippy
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In Winnipeg it's about $300-500 including the open water dive in a 300 foot deep meteor crater lake with water temps about 45 degrees F at 40 foot depth - even in July and Aug. That Texas price of $150 sounds unbelievable. Looking forward to the warmth of the ocean and the mystic of the cenotes.
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If I remember correctly a full course in Playa last year worked out about the same in cost to taking a full course here in Winnipeg ($300-500 CDN)..... if you have a week of free mornings to complete it.
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Off the top of my head I can name three dive shops that offer those prices which include the open water dives (small classes of less than 8, equipment rental extra). For the 400-500 price range you can get private lessons on your own schedule. When we looked into doing the classroom in Texas and the dives in PDC, our cost would roughly double.
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