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    Trip Report Cayman Brac Shore Diving / A short break at Little Cayman

    The Tibbetts is a nice wreck and the wall behind is great too.
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    Beach diving with a scooter

    The lobsters better be coming back too.
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    Cave 1 course - November 27-Dec 1

    I have two spots open in a Cave 1 course that begins on November 27th and will run through December 1st. The course will be conducted in High Springs, Florida.
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    Cayman possible border reopening without quarantine by April or May!

    Yeah, I received a text from a friend in GC last night about this and was about to post the link from the Compass article here.
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    A Scuba Diving Instructor Salary Explained - How much do Dive Instructors earn?

    Well, there may be a happy ending at the end of the class. He is in Palm Beach and he is focused exclusively on wealthy clientele.
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    A Scuba Diving Instructor Salary Explained - How much do Dive Instructors earn?

    There's a guy that's drawing a six figure salary annually teaching recreational openwater classes in South Florida. He charges $2000 per student and gets it frequently enough that he's not starving. I believe that you are correct that as long as instructors are willing to work for peanuts, they...
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    A Scuba Diving Instructor Salary Explained - How much do Dive Instructors earn?

    I agree emphatically with most of this. Where I'll disagree is on academics and classroom time - I think there are some things that an instructor should cover even if the student did it all in e-learning (Boyles Law - squeezes/blocks/overexpansion injuries; Deco theory for on/off-gassing, dive...
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    A Scuba Diving Instructor Salary Explained - How much do Dive Instructors earn?

    Maybe I wasn't clear in my previous posts. I dislike the 3 day program for the majority of scuba training. Loathe may be a better word than dislike. I dislike it for a number of reasons. Here are 4: 1. Ability to develop skills to mastery may be insufficient. 2. Insufficient time to let things...
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    A Scuba Diving Instructor Salary Explained - How much do Dive Instructors earn?

    Exactly. But there are plenty of dive shops where a person can walk in on a Friday and wind up with a scuba certification by Sunday in a class with 6 or 7 other students. Those shops bank on stacking the students in (quantity).
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    A Scuba Diving Instructor Salary Explained - How much do Dive Instructors earn?

    I agree that a 3 day course could develop competent divers, but only under ideal circumstances. Students that are already comfortable in the water and have an aptitude in the activity, and minimal ratios (1:1 or 2:1). Having personally taught literally hundreds of 8:1 and even 10:1 pool...
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    A Scuba Diving Instructor Salary Explained - How much do Dive Instructors earn?

    A fun fact about the porn industry. Ed Wood, the same guy that created such classic B movies as "Plan 9 from Outer Space," spent the last years of his life in the porn industry directing a series of short pornos under the "Swedish Erotica" banner. There are things I'd personally love to do some...
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    A Scuba Diving Instructor Salary Explained - How much do Dive Instructors earn?

    There's an old joke, it goes something like this: What's the difference between a scuba instructor and a large pizza? A large pizza can feed a family of four. So, I'm following this thread with a lot of interest. IMHO, one of the biggest problems with trying to earn a living in this activity...
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    Where to start?

    While I own a choptima and SF2 with sidemount kit, I would not start with a sidemount unit as your first unit. Also, be aware that instructors can only teach the units they are instructors on. For instance, I can't teach a Meg or JJ class. The impact to you is if there's a particular instructor...
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    JJ CCR Dead?

    ^^ this.
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    JJ CCR Dead?

    Is it the USA distributor (Rebreathers USA) or JJ? There's a huge difference. If it's Rebreathers USA, I'd expect that it wouldn't take long for another person to pick up distributorship (and I'd put money on Horizon). If it's the main company itself, I'd say I don't believe it. Personally, I...
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    Cave Training - No Nearby Caves

    My perspective on this is that the once a year cave diver isn't really a risk / hazard as long as they understand that skills may be rusty and the wise thing is to start out with a few simple / easy work-up dives before tackling anything bigger. As Richard said, fundamental skills (buoyancy...
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    E/O connectors- wash after use?

    Every once in a blue moon I need to take them apart, sandpaper the gold male connectors, spay some de-oxit pro gold in the female side, and possibly use a hammer on the female side in case it's wallowed out a bit. It's about 5 minutes of effort 2x a year.
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    Cayman possible border reopening without quarantine by April or May!

    So... I'm in Florida, I got vaccinated through a FEMA site and my primary records are held at the Florida DOH, and I will (knock on wood) have a digital SMART Health QR code in a few weeks. And no, not because I paid some chick on instagram $200 for it. My records are also kept at a hospital...
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    Cayman possible border reopening without quarantine by April or May!

    I'm curious to know more about the Thursday meeting.
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    Cayman possible border reopening without quarantine by April or May!

    So I've seriously gone down a rabbit hole on this over the past week or two on digital vaccine certifications. The CommonHealth App / Pass is where I'm putting my money on. If your provider is in the CommonHealth network (the list is here: Partner Organizations — CommonHealth) you may be able...
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