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Should all instructors really have ALL their own equipment?

Discussion in 'Going Pro' started by YoyoSponge, Jun 7, 2013.

  1. tomfcrist

    tomfcrist NAUI Instructor

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    RJP,

    The S&P is not published on NAUIs site. It is however available to leadership members of NAUI. Contact the NAUI training dept and ask them directly....you will get the same gouge I assure you. There are no conspiracies happening here.
     
  2. RJP

    RJP Scuba Media & Publications

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    Not sure where "conspiracy" idea came from...
     
  3. tomfcrist

    tomfcrist NAUI Instructor

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    Maybe because you keep saying you can't find a reference for the information after I have repeatedly said its in the S&P?
     
  4. RJP

    RJP Scuba Media & Publications

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    Posed my question twice, to two different posters. Both were prior to your response. Sorry for not reading your mind prior to you answering my question.

    :d
     
  5. TMHeimer

    TMHeimer Divemaster

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    I didn't mention NAUI. PADI Nitrox is no dives and and yes certification as of just after I took it in 2006.

    ---------- Post added June 7th, 2013 at 10:51 PM ----------

     
  6. Peter69_56

    Peter69_56 Divemaster

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    Well done, I see so many people diving in poor countries and insult the local dive members. Laugh at their poor equipment and wouldn't ever consider helping them. We do the same, if we have something surplus or are considering upgrading we leave what we have for our dive guide to help them with their profession. A little bit of humanity goes a long way. Seeing some guy who has just swilled down some $500 of booze over the holiday then put 10 cents in local money into a tip envelope for 10 people (so it looks like he is contributing too) is jus a bloody insult to everyone.

    And yes I also find it insulting for a dive shop to try and force a DM or instructor to buy their gear if they want to work there. I believe Oceanic in OZ will replace your oceanic BCD yearly (at I believe no cost provided you bought it from them in OZ) if you work in the profession teaching.
     
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  7. Superlyte27

    Superlyte27 Cave Instructor

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    Can't believe this question was even asked. Yes, you should have your own gear. They are the tools of your trade. However, if your facility requires you to use THEIR brand of gear, they should provide it.
     
  8. pjhansman

    pjhansman Manta Ray

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    I'm just surprised that anyone at an instructor level would have no gear of their own. I'm still a ways yet from 200 dives, and unsuccessfully trying to figure out how to stop buying gear (well, actually my wife is trying to stop me :wink:). Seems to me that if you love the sport, you'll find a way to afford the equipment.
     
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  9. YoyoSponge

    YoyoSponge Dive Con

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    The issue has been brought up since this post was asked, and since it's direct I'll answer it directly.
    Yes I am living and diving and working in a third world country.
    Yes I earn a barely enough to live month to month.
    No there is no chance in hell I would be able to afford an entire new setup before I move on from this country.
    Yes I have been provided equipment during all of my training and work, along with all the other employees local or foreign.

    More importantly, I dive every day. I have more than 400 dives most of which involved assisting and teaching (I'd say 70-80% of them) students.
     
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  10. scubafied

    scubafied Instructor, Scuba

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    Unfortunate you chose to focus on the branding and not the real point of my post. There is enough of a functional difference between different brands and styles of equipment that an OW diver can/will benefit by being exposed to them. Otherwise I wouldn't have had an issue in that example. But I did, because I had not been exposed to those minor differences (and just as you mentioned I struggled through it even though it was a mock scenario). Yes, OW dive gear is all going to be fairly similar but taking a little extra time to expose a student to things that may seem minor like a difference in buckles, an Air2 set up, bungeed alternates and other things of that nature are only going to serve to benefit the student or another diver at a later date.
     

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