Diving into the world of scuba can be a bit overwhelming, with a sea of different certifications to choose from. At Paragon, we're here to help you navigate through the depth of choices. This article gives an overview of the types of courses our instructors offer. Dive in and let's explore together!
Scuba Diving International (SDI) is a well-known group in the diving world because of its top-notch training programs. SDI provides lots of certificates for divers at different stages. Industry professionals create their classes and they're carefully checked for safety and quality. From beginner courses like Open Water Diver to special classes like underwater photography, SDI has something for everyone.
SDI courses/certifications at Paragon include:
- Open Water Scuba Diver - A beginner scuba certification with the option to complete basic requirements via e-learning
- Advanced Adventure Diver - The next step up from the Open Water Scuba Diver Course
- Divemaster - A professional-level certification
If you're an experienced diver who wants to explore more, Technical Diving International (TDI) provides many specialized courses. TDI is famous for its in-depth classes covering complex topics. It's great for divers who want to go deeper and try more difficult environments. The certificates from TDI prepare divers with the needed skills for safe and smart technical diving.
TDI courses/certifications at Paragon include:
- Intro To Tech Diving - An introductory tech diving course expanding on recreational training
- Nitrox Diving - An entry-level course for utilizing enriched air nitrox
- Decompression Procedures Diver - Training for planned staged decompression diving
If you want to become a technical diver with the best training, Global Underwater Explorers (GUE) courses are an excellent option. GUE courses focus on precision, teamwork, and a well-rounded approach to diving. From basic courses to advanced ones, GUE gives divers a step-by-step progression, helping them get ready for complicated underwater adventures. With a common set of equipment and rules, GUE makes diving safer and more efficient.
GUE courses/certifications at Paragon include:
- Fundamentals (Fundies) - The most popular GUE course, covering the basics of what GUE is all about
- Recreational Diver 1 - A starting point for new divers or those new to the GUE system
- Technical Diver 1 - An entry-level course for technical diving
The National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI) gives internationally approved scuba diving certificates with a focus on safety and learning. It offers courses from beginner to advanced level and uses hands-on learning, personal guidance, and a focus on the environment. NAUI certification opens doors to a worldwide group of professionals and exciting diving experiences. Take a NAUI course to explore more of the underwater world and protect it at the same time.
NAUI courses/certifications at Paragon include:
- Basic Level Scuba Certification - An introduction to scuba diving
- Master Scuba Diver Certification - A course covering in-depth scuba knowledge and experience
- Rescue Scuba Diver Certification - Training for rescue and search and recovery situations
Which Scuba Certification Is Best For You?
To figure out which scuba certification is best for you, consider your interests, needs, and the level of complexity you're comfortable with. Start by reading the course descriptions. Identify which ones appeal to you based on the covered topics. If you're uncertain, don't hesitate to ask an instructor for advice. They can provide useful insights based on their experience. Remember, all these organizations offer quality training that's recognized in the diving industry. So, regardless of the path you choose, you'll benefit and grow as a diver.
Scuba Training At Paragon
Whether you're interested in a beginner certification or are looking for technical dive training, our skilled instructors are here to help. We offer training around the world.