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Help Please: Best Diving Instructor schools
Posted January 29th, 2013 - 6:00 pm by from Moriarty, United States (Permalink)
Hi Guys,

I am set on becoming a diving instructor, I have looked into a few schools now but does anyone have a recommendation on which one is better? I have looked at Halls in the Floridian Keys and PADI. I am still looking for others but I really need some help on this one guys, I want to choose the best school.

Posted January 29th, 2013 - 6:16 pm by from Samoeng, Thailand (Permalink)
PADI is the largest, and therefore the most likely to employ you after your certification. NAUI is the second largest and very well respected. Of course, look into SDI as a highly accredited institution.

I'm a PADI certified dive master and have looked into my instructor certification out of Vietnam with Rainbow divers. Of course, now you need to determine where you want to live while doing your qualification process.

BEFORE you sign up for a program, go talk to the company, get a feel for them, ask lots of questions. If they only want to discuss money, go somewhere else. You need to form a relationship with these people that is going to take some time. Ensure these are the people you want to spend time with.

Good luck!


Posted January 29th, 2013 - 6:24 pm by from Moriarty, United States (Permalink)
Hi Jeff,
Thanks so much. I was leaning more towards PADI. You liked the school ok? I am wanting to stay more in South and Central America. I am currently living out here now and think this would be a good place to put down some roots for sure.
Again, thank you so much for you advice. I much appreciate it.

Posted January 29th, 2013 - 6:34 pm by from Samoeng, Thailand (Permalink)
My pleasure!

I like the PADI program quite a bit. I have a VERY smart friend who recently earned her instructor rating out of Anthony's Key Resort, Roatan Island Honduras. Oddly enough, this is where I earned my Open Water certification. Anthony's Key is VERY well regarded and I would recommend them again and again. If you're looking for a very professional dive shop, they are the bomb.

I have no affiliation with Anthony's Key resort, but I would go back and dive with them today. They are truly an amazingly well run resort and my instructor for my initial qualification was awesome.

Again, my pleasure and good luck!


Posted January 29th, 2013 - 7:15 pm by from Moriarty, United States (Permalink)
I have heard about Anthony's Key. That sounds awesome and well worth the money spent to go there. I am definitely leaning towards this course, it would be a dream to be a diving instructor and not just diving for fun.
I really appreciate it Jeff. Thanks!

My best,


Posted January 29th, 2013 - 10:51 pm by from Sencur, Slovenia (Permalink)
the truth is....1st check area where or what you wont to do were you will finish instructor course...some area are much more PADI DC, some SSI and some od them mix of both + add some NAUI.

It is really hard to compare which is best...my thinking is all...because all teach one - to be save diver !!! ;)

Posted January 30th, 2013 - 3:17 am by from Nha Trang, Vietnam (Permalink)
Aloha Brittany

Well Yes padi has the Largest # of Franchises The Dive Centers Use SSI padi Naui Pdic SDI about 30 different Agencies Around the World.. To Issue Dive Certification Cards..

The 2 Largest Mcdonalds and Burger King are padi and SSI But padi has some advantages Like INDEPENDANT Instructors which can be GOOD and BAD..

Meaning With SSI YOU MUST WORK AT DIVE CENTER not out of Your CAR...

So First Get Experience Diving and Then SEE If YOU want to Continue...

I Have a DAY or 2 Diving in my Life and Love Teaching so Great Choice for ME..

Aloha Mark.
Mark Scott's Diving Viet Nam with Aloha..