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Abyss Scuba Diving
Will Your Scuba Certification Be Recognized?
There are a lot of scuba diving certifications available these days, but not all of them are created equal. There are many international certifications around the world - PADI, SSI, SDI, NAUI, RAID, BSAC, CMAS just to name a few. All these agencies recognize each other's certifications as equivalent although not all dive shops and tour operators around the world may do so.
All internationally recognized certifications meet the World Recreational Scuba Training Council (WRSTC) Open Water Diver Standard. There is also an ISO Standard, though the major training agencies have adopted it; to ensure recognition wherever you travel, insist on a WRSTC accepted certification.
PADI recognises Scuba Training certification organisations that are current members in good standing of the WRSTC, and whose diver training programs comply with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO 9000) standards for Recreational Diving Services.
There are Dive Centres in Australia that issue certifications not recognized by the WRSTC, and divers trained by these dive centres may not have their scuba certification recognised if they travel to other dive centres within Australia or around the world.
If you are looking to get certified and want to make sure your certification is recognized by dive shops and tour operators around the world, then you need to get a PADI certification.
PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) is the world's largest and most respected scuba diving certification agency. With over 190,000 members in more than 183 countries, PADI is the authority on scuba diving.
All PADI courses are taught by certified instructors and meet the highest standards in the industry. When you get your PADI certification, you can be sure that dive shops and tour operators will recognize it all over the world.
If you want a scuba certification that will be recognized anywhere in the world you go diving, then insist on a scuba certification from a RSTC-recognized certification agency.