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I’m a PADI dive instructor and have high regard for The Dive Shop in Fairfax VA. Yes – a slog to get there – but they have 30+ years and a really professional staff.  Definitely do your classroom & pool locally,  then your 4 final open water “test” dives on vacation somewhere tropical.  While some people do enjoy diving in the quarry on a regular basis – it is pretty misrable – cold & murky.  Also, it is completely different from what you will experience in a tropical setting – full wetsuit in fresh water requires very different weight.   But diving is about the coolest thing in the world – so definitely do it!