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  1. Diverlady13

    Resort Class policies

    This is going to be my last post in this thread. How on Earth was I supposed to know that it's not within standards to do the course in 2 days?! PADI does NOT supply this information to students. It's not available on their website for students to read. LOTS of ops do the course over 2 days (for...
  2. Diverlady13

    Resort Class policies

    Sorry - I edited my post. I clicked reply to you accidentally rather than ggunn who seemed to think I thought I was an advanced diver just because I took the AOW course. To be fair to him, I know that lots of people come off that course thinking they are advanced just because of those 5 dives...
  3. Diverlady13

    Resort Class policies

    Nope. I have thick skin and really don't give a s&%t what other people think. I'm open to learning and improving and don't need others looking down on me because I have less experience. The only way to learn and improve is to keep on diving, which I do all the time. At least I'm honest about my...
  4. Diverlady13

    Resort Class policies

    I never said I was an Advanced Diver. Where did you get that impression?? I took the courses back to back to get more training, not to be able to say that I'm an advanced diver. I still consider myself a beginner....maybe an advanced beginner. EDIT: Ooops - this reply was actually meant for @ggunn
  5. Diverlady13

    Resort Class policies

    I clearly know that I have far fewer dives and experience than you do. You also weren't present at my OW training, so you really cannot say whether the instruction I got was good or not. All you can say is that you think that doing the pool work and two dives in a day was a standards violation...
  6. Diverlady13

    Need some help, please, with Mexican travel documents......

    Flying into CUN, have your docs ready but it's likely you won't be asked for them. We've been twice this year and so far nobody has asked for anything except our passports and the immigration form. We also haven't been asked for our QR code, so I don't even know if what was filled out online was...
  7. Diverlady13

    Resort Class policies

    OK. I respect your opinion, but I don't wholly agree with it.
  8. Diverlady13

    Resort Class policies

    OK...we didn't know that at the time and that information doesn't exist in the student materials. If there are standards like that, PADI really ought to make it clear to students so that they can compare the standards against what the dive ops/instructors are offering. I've heard of quite a few...
  9. Diverlady13

    Need help with weight belt use

    @MAKO Spearguns I wanted to thank you again for sending those belts. They are very nice. I tried one on Friday and it stayed in place, so I'm all set now, hopefully. We'll be in Mexico for several days, but when we get back I'll try one of the belts out in the Poly tank which is the more...
  10. Diverlady13

    Resort Class policies

    I agree with the not rushing. I should have clarified that I didn't do the course through a resort. We chose a dive op at our destination. We're not really resort people anyway.
  11. Diverlady13

    Resort Class policies

    Wow...that's not much instruction in the pool. The pool session we did was about 5 hours. Three students total. With two dives that afternoon, it was a pretty exhausting day.
  12. Diverlady13

    Resort Class policies

    Could even be faster than that depending on where they go. My OW course was a total of 2 days. One morning in the pool, diving that afternoon, and diving the next morning.
  13. Diverlady13

    Resort Class policies

    Not arguing since I don't know your friends' schedules, but it's very possible to do the PADI OW course in under two weeks. I did mine in just over a week - 8 days IIRC. I was still working then, so didn't have as much free time as I do now. Sounds like the new owners are making a smart...
  14. Diverlady13

    Negative Entries

    It all just takes practice. I'm sure you weren't screwing up as much as you may want to expand your repertoire of finning techniques. I'm sure my finning wasn't the best. I learned a lot by watching some of the extremely experienced divers on the LOB I did in Belize. The one thing that has...
  15. Diverlady13

    Peak Buoyancy Specialty Course

    I vividly remember that dive and found it immensely helpful for my diving. No, I did not come out with peak buoyancy, but I did learn enough that I could practice what the course taught and not develop bad habits. I wouldn't have taken the full specialty because after learning the basics I think...
  16. Diverlady13

    Negative Entries

    You should not need to be overweighted for a negative entry. If your BCD is empty and you remember to not hold your breath AND not fin upwards, you should be good. That said, it can't hurt to carry just a couple of extra pounds for that type of diving. Once you get used to negative entries you...
  17. Diverlady13

    Peak Buoyancy Specialty Course

    I think there was a bit of confusion on terminology by the OP. James' video about cert cards was referring to the full PPB certification...the speciality course for which one receives a separate cert card. What the OP was asking about is the AOW course which offers a single PPB dive as one of...
  18. Diverlady13

    Peak Buoyancy Specialty Course

    Five dives is the requirement for PADI AOW. Everywhere you go, that's the number of dives you'll have unless the instructor feels you need more...and that may come at an extra charge. You could just sign up for more dives after your course if you want to do more than 5 while you are there. RR...
  19. Diverlady13

    Bare 3 or 5mm mens suit with neck zipper

    I have the same problem with the Bare ladies 3 mm wetsuits. The velcro at the back doesn't allow any adjustment of the way the neck fits. It's really uncomfortable until I get in the water. I'd actually ordered one for myself, but I got a call saying that the suits were out of stock (probably...
  20. Diverlady13

    Drying Time Questions

    Thanks! I still want one. :D
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