Hi @60plus - welcome to the forum. I started my PADI dive training abroad and finished it doing Rescue Diver in the UK. The abroad training was done in a typical holiday town with sun, sea and sangria, i.e. loads of fresh tourists passing through. This meant the training was very time-bound, multi-lingual and aimed at producing holiday divers that would be capable of follow-the-diveleader around a site. My introduction to UK diving was after I'd done 36 dives and was "advanced". I utterly cringe at the thought of a conversation I had when discussing diving in the UK -- talk about not knowing what you don't know. Anyway, the first dive saw me loosing a fin, the second drift dive (my second in a drysuit) was a demonstration of out of control buoyancy. I found the teaching on the Rescue Diver course in the UK to be hugely better than the training I'd had abroad. To be fair, a lot of that has to the the language, but mostly it was adapted to the more challenging UK diving conditIons. I was also put back to the next course as I'd not met the required standards for which I am eternally greatful to them. To this day I reckon I'd have been passed if I was abroad -- time pressures, less challenging diving conditions, volumes of customers all would contribute to this. In the UK we have tides, lots of wrecks, poor visibility and cold, all of which require additional skills and practice. Fast forward to now with many hundreds of dives in all sorts of conditions and styles, diving abroad really is so much easier, albeit having to be pretty blunt with DiveMASTERs who want experienced divers to help them herd their flocks or who seem intent on speed diving around a site. DiveMASTERs are an odd bunch. Some are good, but there's more than a fair share of useless ones without a clue and rubbish skills, e.g. just good enough as PADI dive leading fodder and have little breadth or depth of knowledge of diving techniques.