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    Where to start technical diving

    According to the website, it's 30 dives. I can't see the instructor manual since I'm not a tec 40 instructor. PADI's pretty anal about making training information square up like that, so I'd be shocked if it wasn't 30 dives.
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    SDI DMs and up must demonstrate skills while neutrally buoyant

    It's not common, but it is fun to do in open water. I did it at my instructor exam in open water to adjust something on my BCD and induced a mild panic in the candidate acting as the instructor. She couldn't figure out if I was the "problem student" that she was supposed to be on the lookout...
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    AN/DP and Advanced Wreck Instructor Recommendations

    Yes, a single piece harness. I imagine that I'll end up with a TDI instructor, but I don't really care. If I had to do a single piece harness, I could do it I think, but I'd prefer to train the way I am going to dive afterwards. I'd love to find an instructor in Mexico that would work for...
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    AN/DP and Advanced Wreck Instructor Recommendations

    No, specifically hog harnesses. I dive doubles and a BP/W, but my shoulders don't agree with Hog harnesses.
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    AN/DP and Advanced Wreck Instructor Recommendations

    Musts: Agency: irrelevant Quality of instruction: very high Good command of the English language. Prefer: Destinations that have warm water and air in Jan/Feb. Destinations where Southwest flies. Not having to change to a DIR configuration for training. I think that's it...
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    PADI AOW Question

    If you read back, I acknowledged this previously.
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    SDI DMs and up must demonstrate skills while neutrally buoyant

    You're preaching to the choir, but preach on! :)
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    SDI DMs and up must demonstrate skills while neutrally buoyant

    Everything in the standards and procedures for OW.
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    SDI DMs and up must demonstrate skills while neutrally buoyant

    I don't but I'm not a buddha hover kind of guy.
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    PADI AOW Question

    Or do deep with another agency that doesn't require adventure before deep...
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    SDI DMs and up must demonstrate skills while neutrally buoyant

    Agreed, but at least then they'll only have to learn to trim themselves. Baby steps.
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    SDI DMs and up must demonstrate skills while neutrally buoyant

    I wish they'd have added trimmed to the update...
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    SDI DMs and up must demonstrate skills while neutrally buoyant

    They are saying that they have to demonstrate it during DM or instructor training. There's no requirement that they do it during OW, but, the new standard for Advanced Buoyancy Control requires that the student perform all the skills from OW while neutrally buoyant. I expect neutral...
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    PADI AOW Question

    Yep, you are correct, and I was wrong. I should drink more coffee before I post...
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    PADI AOW Question

    I'm not saying that adventure isn't a subset of the specialty (and I read all the training bulletins you mentioned). What I'm saying is, the instructor manual says that the only specialty course that one can take, and then apply to the AOW course is AWARE. I agree that this makes no sense, but...
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