First PADI Recreational Backmount Doubles Certification Issued

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Wibble

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Some people prefer the course to the alternative of reinventing all the mistakes, some of which are dangerous.
Or a process of curiosity and discovery, as that's fun too. What's wrong with working out stuff by yourself? Most of it is the art of the bleeding obvious.

DPVs; fun to play with and you soon get to know the pitfalls of powering up or down or getting it caught as you jump in. Drysuits; soon realise how much practice you need, especially ascents. Not much to them.

Diving can be annoyingly 'nannying' sometimes. Let people play and don't spoon feed them.
 

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People like to mock the dsmb course but when I wrote a student manual for it, there was quite a bit involved. It belongs in open water of course but as it is optional or there are people who never had it, a remedial.course (like PPB is) makes sense.

As for sidemount, there is a lot to it for configuring a kit. There are way too many bad sidemount divers out there. Some pretty bad instructors too unfortunately. This has resulted in giving sidemount overall a bad reputation in many circles.

If people want to skip courses and figure things out on their own, have at it. But let those who value their time to take a challenging course to acquire skills more quickly.
 

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Or a process of curiosity and discovery, as that's fun too. What's wrong with working out stuff by yourself? Most of it is the art of the bleeding obvious.

DPVs; fun to play with and you soon get to know the pitfalls of powering up or down or getting it caught as you jump in. Drysuits; soon realise how much practice you need, especially ascents. Not much to them.

Diving can be annoyingly 'nannying' sometimes. Let people play and don't spoon feed them.

I don’t know how it works in the UK, but in the US, if you want to rent a drysuit, you need to show proof of drysuit suit. I’d be surprised if it’s not the same with DPVs.
 

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I don’t know how it works in the UK, but in the US, if you want to rent a drysuit, you need to show proof of drysuit suit. I’d be surprised if it’s not the same with DPVs.
Then I better bring my own and not rent them then!

Really not sure about what the rental people would want over here. As it's not litigious, it'll be unlikely that you'd need to show proof. The only time I did rent a drysuit was in Scotland when my drysuit zip parted on the first day of a week's diving. The shop couldn't fix mine but rented me one (with a plastic zip -- discovered how they need serious checking before jumping as I spent the evening at a launderette!)

Never tried to rent DPVs, not even sure where from.
 
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