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Unsafe at any Depth: PADI Scuba Diver Course

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PADI Scuba Diver

Scuba diving is inherently dangerous.  We cannot breathe water and breathing air underwater involves the risk of decompression illness and lung embolisms. We can never eliminate these risks but they can be minimized with, among other things, adequate training.

PADI's 2-day Scuba Diver course is a step in the wrong direction. PADI justifies "dumbing down" entry-level course requirements by comparing diving to skiing/snowboarding and arguing that even three and four-day Open Water courses are an obstacle to potential divers who don't have time to learn to dive.

In this sense, the PADI "Scuba Diver" course is a marketing concept designed to increase PADI certifications and expand market share, rather than reduce the inherent risk of diving.  The PADI Open Water course can be completed in three days.  The notion that divers should be certified who are unwilling to make even that minimal commitment to learning to safely use underwater life support equipment is grossly irresponsible.

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