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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Wed, 30 Nov 2011 10:19 pm

Actually, last night I went on the NAUI site to see about getting a replacement C-card. My old C-card is in three pieces, of which each of two pieces are roughly 45% of the card. the third is long gone. They say it may take a little longer to get a new card if it was obtained prior to 1995. I wonder about cards gotten during the Jurassic period! :o The card has held up well considering it's age. Now I have to go back and see what's new at NAUI....... :oops:

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Postby Matt-El » Sun, 04 Dec 2011 2:43 pm

Hi, I'm interested in taking up Scuba Diving as well. Do you have any plans in mind regarding the details of the course? Or is it still up for discussion?

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Postby farlene » Wed, 14 Dec 2011 10:18 am

I've been reading and got a little confused.

Open water
PADI
PADI Open Water
NAUI
NAUI Open Water

Aren't they all the same? :???:
Open water is the most common, so I should just pick that right?
Assistance required please...

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Wed, 14 Dec 2011 10:38 am

Naui or Padi Open Water, the choice is yours. Both are good, well respected world wide. Padi is professional but is the more commercial one and caters to those who like to collect patches for their jackets. Naui is just professional.

Both you cannot go wrong with. JR8 will be recommending PADI though. :P

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Re: Confused....

Postby carteki » Wed, 14 Dec 2011 2:02 pm

farlene wrote:I've been reading and got a little confused.

Open water
PADI
PADI Open Water
NAUI
NAUI Open Water

Aren't they all the same? :???:
Open water is the most common, so I should just pick that right?
Assistance required please...


In order to get qualified to dive you need to do a course that is called Open Water. There are a host of organisations in the world that offer the training. PADI, NAUI, SDI, SSI are the main one's in Singapore. They are all pretty much the same.

Last post on page 1... I knew I'd written it somewhere :razz:
carteki wrote:PADI - NAUI - SDI - SSI ... Its a debate that I've had on numerous occasions and while NAUI seems to be considered technically the best open water course, if you get a crap instructor - well - the best material in the world won't help and a good instructor will teach you stuff that is not included in the material.

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Wed, 14 Dec 2011 3:02 pm

Which reminds me. After 34 years, I got a new C card and Certificate for my Open Water course from NAUI last night. Original Cert bought it in the flooding of the farm during Isabelle a number of years ago. I can now retire my 2 of 3 piece c card. :lol: My CB handle back in the US 30+ years ago was "Sharkhunter" so my new C card has a black tip shark on the front! (I also got a bog standard card for safe keeping).

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Re: Confused....

Postby farlene » Wed, 14 Dec 2011 4:20 pm

I'm terribly sorry to have to bring it up again.
I was just confused.
i thought they were all the different types of courses available i didn't realise they were organisations.
Thank you again. I really appreciate it.
Open water it is, either PADI certified or NAUI certified.
Got it.

thank you again.

Far



carteki wrote:
farlene wrote:I've been reading and got a little confused.

Open water
PADI
PADI Open Water
NAUI
NAUI Open Water

Aren't they all the same? :???:
Open water is the most common, so I should just pick that right?
Assistance required please...


In order to get qualified to dive you need to do a course that is called Open Water. There are a host of organisations in the world that offer the training. PADI, NAUI, SDI, SSI are the main one's in Singapore. They are all pretty much the same.

Last post on page 1... I knew I'd written it somewhere :razz:
carteki wrote:PADI - NAUI - SDI - SSI ... Its a debate that I've had on numerous occasions and while NAUI seems to be considered technically the best open water course, if you get a crap instructor - well - the best material in the world won't help and a good instructor will teach you stuff that is not included in the material.

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Wed, 14 Dec 2011 4:29 pm

Far, do you lene more to the left or to the right? :wink:

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Postby sierra2469alpha » Wed, 14 Dec 2011 4:33 pm

SMS :) LOL Lovely play on words

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Postby farlene » Wed, 14 Dec 2011 4:48 pm

doesn't matter...
either sides, it's all good.... :P

sundaymorningstaple wrote:Far, do you lene more to the left or to the right? :wink:

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Postby JR8 » Wed, 14 Dec 2011 4:55 pm

sundaymorningstaple wrote:Naui or Padi Open Water, the choice is yours. Both are good, well respected world wide. Padi is professional but is the more commercial one and caters to those who like to collect patches for their jackets. Naui is just professional.

First badge I ever got was for my Divemaster. I epoxied it to the bum of my wetsuit :) I also use beer cooler-sleeves to repair my wesuits so I have HEIN and EKEN on the toes of my fin shoes, and rear neck-patch reading Stella Artois :)



Both you cannot go wrong with. JR8 will be recommending PADI though. :P


What a mighty fine rod you have in your hand there SMS :) As it happens I don't know enough about NAUI to compare it with PADI. What I was alluding to last time was the inflexibility of learning in a club-based system like BSAC vs the flexibility of PADI.

The other consideration would be whether if you say did the NAUI Open Water, could you then go to a PADI dive school and do their Nitrox certification? Don't know, maybe Kim does.

I think it is a case of going to various dive schools and finding out how their agency or agencies' training works. I also think it very important that you like/feel comfortable with the people you are going to be dealing with....there can be moments when things might get a little challenging or stressy, and it is just easier if you feel they are speaking your language.


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Postby carteki » Wed, 14 Dec 2011 5:03 pm

There doesn't seem to be any problem with which agency you do which certification. So you can do OW with one and AOW with another - but specific instructors may be picky.

And yeah - it definitely is all about fit. A number of instructors / shcools offer more than one cert - usually with a price difference :)

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Postby JR8 » Wed, 14 Dec 2011 5:40 pm

carteki wrote:There doesn't seem to be any problem with which agency you do which certification. So you can do OW with one and AOW with another - but specific instructors may be picky.

Eeeenteresting. You see you cannot generally do that with BSAC (besides PADI, it is the biggest UK agency). So I've seen BSAC Sports Divers, want to be PADI Divemasters, and they have to do a cross-over course first.


And yeah - it definitely is all about fit. A number of instructors / shcools offer more than one cert - usually with a price difference :)


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