I'm considering taking up diving and getting certified to Advanced Open water level to start with.
I'll be doing it abroad and it will be PADI certification. I've done a bit of reading on this forum tonight, and have figured out that if I were to get AOW certified with PADI that I'd need to cross certify with whichever overseeing body was certifying any club I joined.
Does the certification take long?
I'm completely new to diving, I used be a lifeguard/instructor when I was younger, and have always wanted to learn to dive, but never had the opportunity. After getting the AOW certification I expect to get up to 20-30 dives in abroad before I join a club in Ireland.
In terms of kit, what do most people prioritise getting when they join a club? My diving school will provide everything I need to get certified, and I can then rent everything when I go on other dives with them, so I'm unsure what diving clubs expect people to have?
Many thanks in advance.