- Reaction score
- Philadelphia and Boynton Beach
- # of dives
- 1000 - 2499
After my LA County basic certification in 1970, I was prepared for diving in local conditions. That's exactly what I did for 10 years, shore diving in LA, Orange, and San Diego Counties as well as occasional trips to Catalina.It saddens me to read statements that ow certified divers are not autonomous and must be guided.
After a 17 year hiatus, I was recertified by PADI in Grand Cayman. Deep dives were guided, shallow dives could be executed autonomously. The philosophy of certification was entirely different, as were local diving regulations. I did not take AOW until about 75 dives, did not need it in Grand Cayman for many dives over 100 feet. I did use AOW shortly thereafter to facilitate dives on the Spiegel Grove and Duane in Key Largo. I could have qualified on recent deep dives, but AOW was the easiest pathway. I had already done nitrox 2 years before AOW, ha.
Training is funny. I have not done anything with PADI since rescue in 2005. Only thing I have done since is SDI Solo in 2013. I have 2,050 dives now, since 1997.