I expect it would be more. One of the reasons we primarily train inland is because we happen to be an hour and a half from the nearest coast, which is weather dependant. The chances of losing a days training at an inland site due to the weather is pretty low. To change the location of a course from the blown out sea to an inland site is not easy.In the uk ive no idea, but worldwide im pretty sure its Bans.
Would be quite interesting to see number of people who trained at an inland site versus the sea in the uk.
That's the quantity over quality argument - which is a good point. Just because they train the most people doesn't necessarily mean the quality of their training (and thoroughness of their training) is as good as the number 10 or lower.Interesting, though seeing the thread title, I would not consider "No 1," whichever that is, to necessarily be the best PADI dive centre, purely on the number of people it gets through the courses every year.
The centre I learned with guarantees small class sizes, which would necessarily put it way down the rankings.
are you going to let us in on the secret?That's right; the PADI chart is purely based on student certification throughput, number one being the dive centre who certifies the most students. I know who the top centre was in 2007/8 not sure who it is now but I wouldn't be surprised if it was the same. They're quite a large centre with an on-site pool. The centre I worked for at the time was 10th that year.
Having had to wait behind them in the queue for a bacon sarnie at Horsea, I can well beleive that!Morag - It was Andark in 2007/8. Tilesey was correct. The PADI stats have nothing to do with overall quality but they do the random mail outs to students for quality control. It would be interesting to find out the answer to the Sea v's Inland dive site qualification but unless there was a box on the PIC card for it I guess we'll never know.
In 2007/8 the centre worldwide for the most certs I think was Pro Dive in Thailand.
Horsea Island... now that brings back some memories! The Navy have stopped people diving at the SETT as well now, I heard no civilian contracts were awarded this year at all.Having had to wait behind them in the queue for a bacon sarnie at Horsea, I can well beleive that!