With any scuba certification agencies, you will get to learn how to dive and more. Hence the most important is to find out the right dive center and the right dive instructor.
Once you selected your and your dive training course,how to trust and choose a dive center? Surely not with the prices they offer! The price you choose depends just of your own budget! For your own safety, its important to know what to look for to select the right dive facility.
Herebelow are tips and hints to guide you for the selection of a dive center/resort:
6 TIPS to select a dive center
Check the state of the dive equipment
In every dive center websites, you can see pictures of the dive center, the list of their amenities, the dive agencies they are affiliated to... All those infos will give you an idea of the quality of the dive business.
Once there you can check closely the dive equipment (tanks, masks, BCDs, fins, wetsuit...) and dont hesitate to ask how often they service their dive equipment.
Easy to see as well how the dive equipment is treated by the staff. For example its better to have a store room and to let dry the wet suits in the shadow!
Some guidelines about how many times some dive equipment needs to be serviced:
-a regulator needs to be serviced once a year,
-a visual inspection for tanks should be done once a year (its a check for corrosion that could be inside the tank and affect the quality of the air you gonna breathe)
-an hydrostatic pressure test for tanks is required every 5 years
If you evaluate that its all well stored and maintained, you will be safe!
Check their safety procedures
Each dive center should have a quick access to an AED (Automated External Defibrillator), O2 (Pure Oxygen), an EFR kit (Emergency First Response) and to a decompression chamber in case of decompression sickness (less than 2 hours away the best).
If a dive center got a proper emergency plan, and good insuranc for themselves and yourself it's a sign that they will do their maximum for your safety.
Check the state of the boat or liveaboard
In every dive center websites, you can see pictures of the dive center and their boat/liveaboard to give you an idea of the quality of the dive center.
The important thing for thee boat is that you can see that there are places dedicated for the tanks and the divers + a shade area.
If the vessel is cleaned and well maintained, its another box ticked!
Look for a friendly relation
student - instructor
To undergo a course, we recommend you to have checked before the basic skills you are supposed to learn. Then its important to have a meeting with your instructor to evaluate its knowledge and experience.
If you are a beginner, you will surely have loads of questions that your instructor will need to answer or issues to be fixed. Dont hesitate to ask a maxumum of questions! You can as well ask for the certification card of the instructor
For those reasons, it is q good option if you can directly contact the dive center to ask any enquiries before going there.
If the instructor/owner reassure you and is available and nice to you its a good start!
Check the Number of students planned to be part of the training
In all our dive training courses offers, you can check the pax max, which is the number maximum of persons planned to participate to the particular course. Some international standards are there to give a maximum of students by instructor for a specific course.
However some dive centers choose to make smaller groups which is always nicer.
If a dive center propose small groups its a sign that you will have particular attention.
Check opinions of other divers
Through dive center profiles on the net, you can check reviews or add reviews about dive centers and your experience with them. SEE BLUE HORIZON REVIEWS
Those review will help you to build your opinion about the dive facility you are planning to dive with.
In addition, once on the spot, you can ask around other divers that were diving there if they were satisfied.
IN ANY CASE, ALWAYS FOLLOW YOUR FEELINGS & INTUITION!!