People die scuba diving & "training with PADI"--that's the problem...
Clive - Instructor/Consultant
March 8, 2003 at 15:24:47
Glad to hear that Luigi is still alive after doing all of his training with PADI. Unfortunately, others have died scuba diving, and a fairly high percentage of them were just getting into diving.
Luigi's comparison with driving is apt. Rules and regulations pertaining to licensing drivers are strictly controlled by the government, not automobile manufacturers or companies that teach people to drive.
The government does not have a vested interest in growing the "automobile industry" and that's why "entry-level" licensing standards for drivers tend to be quite stringent throughout the world.
The solution to the PADI problem - "dumbing down" entry-level course requirements to grow the industry - is government regulation to ensure that profit-driven companies involved in licensing divers provide consumers with adequate training up-front for a recreational activity that involves serious risks.