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Commonly shops want nothing to do with deco dives. It is still the case that these deco courses require written plans on a slate
This is very true. It depends on the management but there has been a change in recent years. I did PADI ow in January 1986 before the RDP wheel came out then I moved to Brunei where I worked from 1986 - 1988 joined the BSAC club did BSAC Sports diver where air deco dives were taught. No DC's or Nitrox back in 1986. From 1989 I would be diving around Asia with PADI run dive centers. No internet back then and many felt I was very suspect diver to be with because I did that very dangerous thing, deco diving, which was of course was a big NO NO with PADI back then. So they initially said you can dive on your padi OW card and we will see if you can go to deeper than 18m dives later on. Many padi places had never heard of BSAC and said they thought I had some weird diving certificate. Malaysia Singapore Brunei were ex British so they knew about BSAC. I want to do a two week trip to Palau next year so having my TDI cert will allow me to do some dives that are off limits to most recreational divers.
So now to me doing the TDI Course the place I am doing it the last manager was no to TDI courses, no to deco diving he was just PADI and no to even padi tec 40 45 50. The new manager who I have already done other courses with is now sure TDI course and deco dives no problem. We have known each other for 8 years.
There are a couple of dive sites where wrecks are at 35m - 45m depth I would like to see the outsides of. The TDI course is perfect for that. There are now more dive centers that also now have SSI TDI advertized as well in addition to padi.
Attitudes are changing. DC's are convenient and make me lazy. Slates and tables make my dive plans more carefully laid out.