Chairman of the Board
- Reaction score
- Cave Country!
- # of dives
- I just don't log dives
NAUI is entrenched in how much of a leader they are to ever be an actual leader in our industry. They weren't the first to do e-learning. They weren't the first to offer solo diving. I'm not sure they've even embraced PDCs yet and forget about side mount. They weren't the first to eliminate OW CESAs. They even refuse to be a part of ScubaBoard. They weren't the first to require all OW dives to be done entirely neutral (off the bottom). I think about their only 'first' was to teach students on their knees!!! The first major criticism I had about my "no kneeling class" was from NAUI corporate and then from a NAUI BOD. I was told I was endangering my students by not planting them firmly on the bottom. For reals.Other than financial reasons, what do you suppose the members weren't being listened to about?
Don't get me wrong, but there are many great NAUI instructors out there. This is not a matter of competency but of flexibility. Every agency has their own problems. NAUI's biggest problem, and the one I left over, is their inability to evolve or adapt. They are entirely happy and even proud doing things the same way they were done in the last century. You can't improve modalities under their current paradigm, with much success. The only way to do that is to find an agency more in line with how you want to teach... or create a new one. I found my home with NASE.
So, no... it's not about the money. That's just a way to shift the focus off the real problem and slime those who broke away. It's always been about a philosophy that NAUI didn't want to embrace at the time.