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it gives the instructor initial pro status.Still, the agency creates the instructor.
Nah, I just sometimes engage when people say something really incorrect.Btw, I know that you argue just for the sake of arguing.
Both very good suggestions, thanks. There are a few experienced sidemount divers in the Benelux, I'm sure (with a lot of practical experience in caves, not just with training programs and agencies). But they are not yet in my network. The Facebook community suggestions comes in handy there. Thanks.Do you know of any local/regional divers who actually dive SM on a regular basis? If so, I’d ask who their SM instructor was.
Also, there’s a very active Sidemount Diving group on FB. Lots of European divers. Suggest you ask there for an instructor recommendation, as well.
I'm going to guess that there are some PADI technical instructors who know what they're doing. But yes, of course you're right. GUE Fundimentals has a deservedly great reputation as being in a way higher standard than any other (mainstream) agency.
What exactly are you looking to learn, the people who sell sidemount systems give detailed instructions how to set them up and adjust to suit individual divers. After that it’s just practice and more practice till your happy, do you dive with a buddy on the same system,
Sidemount is really stable and comfortable in the water. Resilience is always a good thing.I've been buddied up with divers on recreational dives who use sidemount. I just find it strange they want to use sidemount on NDL dives but it's not my place to judge that.
That’s not good. Someone not aware of their surroundings.On one of my dives I was taking a photo and got smacked in the head by a tank from by my sidemount dive buddy who decided he wanted to see what I was taking pictures of.
That's a good point. I have seen too many times though (in other sports) that people teach themselves things that they, later on, need to 'unlearn' because of little flaws in their execution of procedures, etc. I guess that diving regularly with someone who can 'correct' you (and video-assisted feedback) would be very beneficial. I just don't want to learn things 'the wrong way' in the first place. That's why I am looking into this.What exactly are you looking to learn, the people who sell sidemount systems give detailed instructions how to set them up and adjust to suit individual divers. After that it’s just practice and more practice till your happy, do you dive with a buddy on the same system,