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If you want to scuba dive, every reputable dive center in the world will request that you verify that you have had scuba instruction that meets certain standards (typically by a recognized agency like SDI). There are many reasons for this, the most important of which are to protect the dive center from liability and to ensure that you (and your dive buddy) are going to be safe underwater. The verification process usually means that you will present your certification card from SDI to the dive center (and sometimes your dive logbook as well). When you take scuba instruction from The Dive Shop, we provide you with an SDI certification card when you have completed the necessary instruction and in-water practice to ensure that you understand all of the requirements established to ensure a safe and thrilling dive.

Certification means that you have been properly trained in the care and use of scuba equipment and the techniques of safe scuba diving. There are many different kinds of scuba certifications, but the certification most divers start with is the SDI Open Water Diver certification. This allows you to rent and buy scuba equipment, get air fills from dive centers, participate in professionally led dives, and dive in conditions that are similar to or better than the conditions for which you are trained.

Your SDI certification (at any level) does not expire. However, the skills you learned in your class and water sessions are perishable if you do not use them with some frequency. It is important to keep in practice; which means you should dive more than once a year. If you have been away for diving for a year or more, you should take a scuba refresher course to remind yourself of safety considerations and practices.

The Dive Shop is proud to be a part of the SDI family. SDI is one of only 5 scuba certifying agencies recognized by the U.S. Recreational Scuba Training Council (US RSTC), which is a member of the World Recreational Scuba Training Council (WRSTC). As a member of this world-wide organization, the SDI certification card is recognized and accepted in every location around the globe – including resorts and cruise ships