I recently came across this article in The Smart Local about Scuba Diving.
Great Article. I do however think there are some things that are not quiet correct on the comparison of differences.
I myself am a PADI MSDT and think that its a personal preference for the organization you choose. Just learn the correct and safe way of Scuba Diving and have fun!
The main point of learning to Scuba Dive is to meet the Industry standards set by RSTC.
Both offer the Open Water Diver Course
Both are internationally recognised
The equipment used and the skills and techniques taught are the same
Courses offered include theory sessions, pool sessions and open water diving excursions
Both have the same prerequisites
More rigid course structure - Must complete one stage before moving to another. This is to ensure every student meets the requirements.
Need to purchase a manual or ebook which you can refer to in the long term. You can also borrow the manual or book from your dive centre for theory and exam.
E-Learning for the theory segment available at around $130 this is included in the course cost
Temporary 90 day diving card + card sent to house at extra charge. Temporary 90 day cert sent by email for free and card sent to you by post free.
Instructors allowed to modify 20% of teaching methods to suit students learning pace
Can borrow the manual or ebbok
E-learning available for free. Included in the course cost
Digital certification presented immediately and card received within 30 days
Here's an alternative for everyone.
PDI OWD COURSE MAXS DIVE CENTRE BATAM
Price: S$599 or IDR 5,990,000 Theory & Exam: Online at home 1 to 2 weeks before pool session. Pool sessions: Fridays: 8am to 4pm with lunch.
Open Water Sessions: Sat-Sun. All meals on OWD Sessions (Breakfast Lunch & Dinner)
Open Water Dive location: Pulau Petong/Pulau Abang
Included in the package:
All land transport from Batam Centre Ferry Terminal for 3 days return to Ferry Terminal.
1 night hotel accommodation shared. 1 Night on KM Asad for OWD Sessions. All Dive Gear, Tanks & Weights.
Temporary Certification card by email. FREE Plastic card through post from Australia. FREE
Excluded in the package: Ferry Singapore/Batam return.
Max's Dive Centre Address: Ruko Legenda Junction BB 16 Batam Centre Contact: _6281277429844 Website: maxsdivecentre.net