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Newly Minted PSSI!!

Discussion in 'Public Safety Divers' started by SteveBF, Aug 3, 2015.

  1. SteveBF

    SteveBF Public Safety Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Northwest Arkansas
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    Finished Dive Rescue International's PSSI course yesterday!!! Holy Moly What a week! Can't recommend the DRI PSSI course enough! By far the best and most challenging dive training I've ever been through...Not for the faint of heart though!!
     
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  2. iamrushman

    iamrushman Great White

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: ft. lauderdale, florida
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    glad you enjoyed it...congratulation on your completion....
     
  3. jackson07

    jackson07 Public Safety Diver

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    How many start and how many finished?

    Awesome job!
     
  4. SteveBF

    SteveBF Public Safety Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Northwest Arkansas
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    We started with 9 signed up and only had 3 on day 1... but all 3 of us finished and no provisionals!
     
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  5. jackson07

    jackson07 Public Safety Diver

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    Congrats again. No small feat I am sure.

    How did you find the course? In line with the other DRI courses? Provide any new insight that you lacked before?
     
  6. SteveBF

    SteveBF Public Safety Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Northwest Arkansas
    156
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    Jackson,
    I've had nothing but great experiences with Dive Rescue International and would recommend any of their training to my fellow PSDs. I knew going in that the PSSI course was going to be physically challenging and I certainly wasn't disappointed. I thought I was an OK diver going in but after Med Diver and PSSI back to back (and PADI DM at the same time) I realize in hindsight that I was really lacking a lot of knowledge... particularly in the areas of physiology and dive physics. I also really got good at my scuba skills and skills demonstrations AND having to score a 16 on the IADRS watermanship test forces off the couch and into he pool and I'm 30lbs lighter for the effort.

    I spent a good 5 months preparing for the class and the 60 hours they say it takes to prepare is probably on the low side of what is really required (especially if you count the hours in the pool). One thing that became crystal clear to me was that there is a big difference between scoring a 12 and scoring a 16 on the watermanship test. First off, if you take it in a pool, no matter how hard you train and try it is nearly impossible to max the 100yrd diver tow so you have to make it up on the other events. Maybe it's because I'm 49 but I had a devil of a time breaking 10 minutes on the 500 (finally started to see times in the high 9's the week before class after countless hours in the pool). Breaking 15 minutes wasn't nearly as hard but I had to fin for my life. At the end of the day I did end up with 19 points but they were all hard fought for and there is no way I would have been able to do that without grinding it out in the pool every morning. Not to mention, the IADRS Watermanship is the least physical thing you will do on day one (aside from taking the PSD exam again).

    Anyway, I took away great satisfaction from certifying fully and came away with a headful of knowledge not only about diving but maybe more importantly about myself that will serve me and my teammates well in the future. Like all of the DRI corporate trainers Kevin McAfee was absolutely the best of the best in diving and it was a privilege to be trained by him.

    Cheers!
    Steve
     
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  7. JasonPSD

    JasonPSD Garibaldi

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Rochester
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    Congrats!

    Tough week for sure, not to mention all the prep work leading up to the course. I could hardly contain my excitement when Blades and Brad told me I passed!

    Where was your course?
     

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