BSAC diver death and training agency bias...
Greg - AOW / Management
August 7, 2008 at 18:58:39
I agree with the comments about the bias on training agencies. This website is fantastic - I learn a great deal reading it and have done so for years. The ONLY thing that shows up on it that I find to be useless is the bias against PADI.
Maybe PADI isn't the best. I don't know. I do know that a lot depends on which dive shop and individual trainer you receive your training from, regardless of which agency course outlines and material they are using.
I have done a few hundred dives and never really had a problem or near miss. That has to do with a lot of things, and I think whether I followed a PADI or any other course doesn't have that much to do with it. It has to do with how hard I studied, how much research I did, how up-to-date I remain on equipment, sites, and safety, decisions I made in terms of choosing dive sites, risk assessments, choice of dive buddies and local divemasters, staying fit and healthy, and some degree of good luck. Most death dives have more to do inexperience, testosterone, poor health, than the dive course they took 10 years prior.
I guess if there was anything I would like to read more about, its discussion about specific causes of diving accidents AFTER the investigations are long over and a detailed chronology of events is laid out. I learn a lot from that. Initial reports leave you guessing. Keep up the great work on this web site.