Certified in 10 Easy Steps

http://www.scubadiving.com/training/instruction/divestore.shtml
How to find a dive retail store that will best meet your individual needs.

https://commerce.cdsfulfillment.com/SC2/subscriptions.cgi
Subscription page for the world's most authoritative and popular scuba diving magazine.


Learn to Dive

http://www.scubadiving.com/talk
The most active message board in the scuba diving community is also staffed with some of the friendliest and most helpful members of the diving community.

http://www.padi.com/FAQ/Default.stm#1
A series of FAQs and answers from the largest scuba certification agency in the world.

http://diverlink.com/newdiver/newdiver.htm
Excellent guide for the would-be diver.


Training Agencies: Who's the Best?

http://diverlink.com/newdiver/whichagency.htm
Discusses all American and most international certification agencies and provides evaluation criteria.

http://www.scubadiving.com/training/instruction/trainagency/
In-depth comparison of U.S. certification agencies.

http://diverlink.com/training/agencies.htm
Links to certification agencies around the world.


Find the Best Instructor for You

http://www.scubadiving.com/training/instruction/bestinstruct.shtml
http://www.scubadiving.com/training/instruction/perfinstruct.shtml
Two more sets of considerations and questions to ask before choosing an instructor.

http://diverlink.com/newdiver/chooseinstructor.htm
http://diverlink.com/training/independentinstruction.htm
Advantages and disadvantages of independent vs. store-affiliated dive instructors.