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When No to Pass a Student

Discussion in 'Going Pro' started by MikadoWu, Mar 27, 2017.

  1. sheeper

    sheeper Public Safety Diver

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Vero Beach, Florida, United States
    my scuba class in 1977 was a college semester. Today, people are not willing to make that commitment. And to run classes for anything like multiple weeks, the cost would end up being prohibitive to many.
    That said, when I teach a private or semi-private class, I take more time, more dives and end up with extremely dialed in divers. This class is expensive but is a high quality, low volume class.
    Group classes take 2 weekends and a day. I work hard to impart the academic knowledge needed AND create a reasonably competent diver.
    Do I see a difference in these two approaches? Yes, of course. But very few people want to make the time and money commitment for the private/semi-private class. We live in an age of immediate gratification and our industry must be able to survive within that.
    TMHeimer likes this.
  2. drbill

    drbill The Lorax for the Kelp Forest Scuba Legend

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Santa Catalina Island, CA
    Hopefully the divers we produce will also live with that (although statistics seem to suggest they are doing OK). I just see enough questionable divers at the site I dive to worry about the "product." And I've seen a few instructors who didn't seem up to the task either. Sounds like your options are good ones.

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