Training Organization - Which one is best?

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Posted by Slippery Sauce Inyamouth on April 21, 2004 at 14:05:27:

I've been thinking about getting scuba certified, but I've come to realize that there are many training organizations out there. Which one is regarded as the best? Are there any reports out there that indicate which training agency has the most diving accidents, or which one is considered to be the most educational?

I had recently considered going through sport Chalet's PADI course (cause it's cheap), when I heard from a friend that PADI would not be the way to go considering the teaching phylosophy and accident record. But in my research I have not come across anything reinforcing that statement. Then I heard from another friend that if I'm going to do it I should go through NAUI, since colleges use NAUI, and that their teaching is generally more thorough than most. Money is no object when it comes to safety. So, all bargains aside, which one should I spill my bling on?

I'm sure it all comes down to the instructor, but in general which one is regarded as numero uno???



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