Long story short I am going to Belie in early September and I figure I need to learn to Scuba Dive before then. I've always been interested, but never really have been urged to pull the trigger on training until now. I have a strong swimming/water background (4 yr state swimmer/instructor/lifeguard) so i'm pretty comfortable in the water.
What I'm looking to hear from you guys is how much certification do I need to dive in some sweet places in Belize. There are a couple PADI certified training centers around me, with a bunch of different certifications and I am trying to figure out how much training I need! Also wondering if there is any specific places in Belize for diving that people would recommend.
Thanks, +K to all/
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Try to do SDI instead of PADI if you can, you can skip the bullshit with the charts and do it all on your dive computer. As far as I recall that's the main difference between the two (I'm a pretty fucking big amateur though).