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    Zeagle 30 Years in Business Sale - US MADE

    The drysuits are only 15% I believe.
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    Dumbing down of scuba certification courses (PADI) - what have we missed?

    Sounds vaguely like a "Sky is falling" comment.;) So then why would you be against SDA's or any similar approach since it could reach even more people in these tough times ?
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    Brain tumor and diving?

    I would second don Francisco sound advice. DAN would really be the source for this. Check their website and I think you will find a number you can call for medical answers although as don mentioned doctor to doctor would be best.
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    Where is your money going?

    It would be advisable. If you opt not to at least try one in a pool first.
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    Dumbing down of scuba certification courses (PADI) - what have we missed?

    Care to produce the quote where I said no pools sessions would be required AS IT RELATES TO YOUR EXAMPLE. And what makes it a conspiracy theory? I am merely drawing conclusions as to what the sport is moving to if it continues to follow the natural progression it has through today. I'm...
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    Dumbing down of scuba certification courses (PADI) - what have we missed?

    What I suggested was MY vision of what the future of diving will look like in ten or so years. I then described a program that is currently available using the lowest common denominators taken from their site which closely mirrors what I describe. Reread the threads as I remember at least two...
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    Where to start?

    I agree with TSandM on the dry suit if most of your diving conditions warrant it. Regulator would be a close second. Followed by the BC. I would leave the computer close to last unless you are doing a lot of repetitive dives. Dive tables are more than adequate for one to two dives a day with a...
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    Dumbing down of scuba certification courses (PADI) - what have we missed?

    I'm not advocating using this agency, I think they are very misleading. Just that this is one example of someone seeing a way to introduce more to the sport much as PADI first did a couple of decades ago. Now almost every agency is doing it the same way. It sounds like from the threads you...
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    Dumbing down of scuba certification courses (PADI) - what have we missed?

    I hope I created the link correctly if not I'm sure someone can correct. If I misquoted anything from the FAQ in my post please advise. Just remember to keep an open mind. After all they "are proud to know that our scuba certification agency stands above the rest when it comes to the enjoyment...
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    Dumbing down of scuba certification courses (PADI) - what have we missed?

    I feel this thread has been very informative on several levels and does help to show the varied cross section of opinions from across the country that only the internet can provide. From reading it I can see it is impossible for any agreement as everyone's point of reference is different. It...
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    Dumbing down of scuba certification courses (PADI) - what have we missed?

    Me thinks thy are treading closely to a "sage on stage" comment.;)
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    Who are all these faces?

    I agree with Abidon on 64 being Da Vinci - he is looking at a drawing of the Vitruvian Man. Also I think 85 is Noah because he is leading animals. 43 might be Ho Chi Minh ?
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    Dumbing down of scuba certification courses (PADI) - what have we missed?

    It is. Ask any lifeguard who has performed a rescue.
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    Dumbing down of scuba certification courses (PADI) - what have we missed?

    If diving without an Octo I never relinquish control of my regulator. I was taught to always maintain control when sharing with an OOA diver. Also all agencies don't teach giving the primary to the OOA diver which can be confusing. My buddies know what I expect and I them but this doesn't...
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    Dumbing down of scuba certification courses (PADI) - what have we missed?

    NetDoc I would like to clarify a few of your comments and then elaborate on some others. As have been discussed before I don't think it has ever been established that pushups in full gear was ever a requirement to get certified. Maybe some instructors included this in their requirements but...
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    Dumbing down of scuba certification courses (PADI) - what have we missed?

    Granted I have not read the book but from what I understand of the concept it means in the future on-line courses will be tailored to the individual. Maybe once a student can answer several questions that determines the best teaching method for their aptitude for learning and then an online...
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    Dumbing down of scuba certification courses (PADI) - what have we missed?

    NetDoc if you will check one of the recent "alert diver" issues you will find a mention of a case where a lady was separated from her buddy and had returned to shore. She was found by another diver that saw her face down struggling to get out of the water. He tired to release her integrated...
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    What you did your first pool session.

    I'm interested in responses from divers certified in the last year or so. What did your instructor have you do your first pool session or if it was a weekend/short course your first hour or so. If you would be so kind to include the agency it would help as well. Also don't forgot to...
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    Any changes in security situation in Bonaire?

    Or you could act like some of the locals and just drive the wrong way on the one way portion. : )
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    Am I mad to try to go from virtually no dive experience to divemaster?

    Ron, I agree with what you are saying. Prepare for the worst, hope for the best. I think any diver's confidence improves if he knows he can handle some of the worst case scenarios. Coach Pat Summit of the Lady Vols has her team practice against a mens squad. She does this knowing her team...
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