My Initial OW training was completed in Lake Rawlings actuallyOK, I'm curious. From your profile, it seems you are a new diver. So here are my questions to you:
Did the instructor or shop you trained with do all of your training in a quarry?
I finished my AOW earlier this year in Cozumel...as far as I know there are no quarries thereIf you took Advanced Open Water, did they do all the dives in quarries?
My OW instructor was great, and each of the instructors I met before and during my classes were more than happy to bring me somewhere other than a quarry for training. That's saying something indeed. My wife had an option of a cold man made mud puddle in January in Montana, or a the other cold man-made mud puddle in January in Montana...so I was happy with the quarry as a training setting.You indicate you live in Virginia (me too). Did the instructor or shop ever mention ocean dives as an option?
Each instructor I have had has always had a goal of making sure I know what I am doing, and making sure that I come out a better diver, regardless of the place I am diving. In this, I can assure you, I have been lucky.What do you think the ultimate purpose is of the training you received? Prepare you for ocean diving, make you a "better" diver (to what end?), or "sell" you more training to keep you diving?
I have some friends who got their AOW with another company. They were dropped into the Ginnie springs pretty much unsupervised. Probably a good thing, as the instructor was still drunk from the night before. Luckily they are both better diver's than I am, and really understand what they are doing from the get go.
To me diving is diving, whether its a mud puddle or the ocean. Each has it's pros and cons.
I wasn't really thinking of this from a business perspective before.
I can't imagine a boat being cheap to own/operate. Slip rental, maintenance, fuel, crew, dry storage...these are all costs right off the top of my head, where a quarry is pretty much in entry and space fees.
Access may be a problem for some if they do not own a boat.
I am from Montana, where any water is open to the public. There may be charges at state parks to enter, but if I want to dive there I can. It is very different here in VA. I have trouble finding lakes that allow a canoe let alone a diver.