Aside from the proven fact that UDC has an amazing IDC program, there are far many benefits that you may not realize. Here are some: Dive centers around the world will be more likely to hire you if you have UDC on your resume and likely did some professional training there themselves! I can count 4 interviews that I had, where the interviewer had trained AT UDC! That means that high level dive professionals in the dive industry come from UDC background. I can also count 3 more interviews that after being sent my resume and saw my UDC IDC qualification, they said, "Oh wow, UDC has a great reputation, best pro training in the Americas" and "Any friend of UDC and Andy is a friend of mine." Now what more could you want when choosing a school to GoPro. It really feels like I did graduate from the Harvard of scuba schools! No joke.
Now, another thing that you may realize is that before arriving while you book you will get great customer service and attention. This does not change. During your time at UDC you be surrounded by high ranking instructors that will continually guide you through your courses, help you be the best pro you can be, and give you the best training there is to offer. BUT, here is the real highlight! AFTER you leave and are on the job hunt, Andy and the staff will go out of their way to put you in touch with people they know in the the region of your interest, set you up meetings with some pros in the area, and continue to offer you advice and guidance until you land that dream job! I don't know if you are aware, but this is a very rare thing (even with other IDCs and CDCs) and the pinnacle of professionalism in the dive industry and everything that an IDC or CDC should be. If you go to UDC, you reap these immense benefits. A lot more than I can say from some other of the "Best CDCs" in the business.
UDC is a crew of true professionals. I learned this, fortunately, after going to UDC and having things done right and not the other way around. I am glad I made the right decision as a pro and saw all the imitations and false promises that others promise just to sell you the course.
Truly and honestly, if you want to be a pro, have some of the worlds best training, (and most importantly while landing that first dream job) have a solid name on a resume that carries a lot of weight in the dive industry AND have a ton of support from UDC wherever you are in the world; it is a no brainer. Choose UDC. Good people that won't sell you gimmicks, won't cut corners, and continue to be a source of support throughout your career. Totally worth every penny I paid.
Best training, best people, best support for your career as a PADI PRO.
I will be back for my MSDT (Don't be dumb and plan to do it before you leave. I know its more money but it's worth it. Trust me here. It will make it 100% easier to land a job especially for doing it at UDC. Trust me).
A happy and employed UDC IDC graduate,
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