Put Another Dollar In...
Dave - 115 Rec Dives/Human Resources
April 11, 2003 at 19:25:57
I have to agree with Alan. The level of dive training within PADI is a joke. Take for instance I was on a boat dive not to long ago with some friends on the mid north coast of New South Wales (Australia). On the boat was a group of divers from another store. The participants where all taking part in there PADI Adavanced Open Water. I was talking to one of the participants who was a little nervous.
The first dive was to about 30 - 35m with the possibility of Grey Nurse Sharks as well (sorry no sharks this day though. So I asked her how long she had been diving for. I tell you all now I almost fell over board at the the reply. The whole group had only just the week before been certified Open Water (they still only had their temp cards). The shop offered them a discount and a cheap weekend away to further their scuba skills.
This is a problem that will only get worse before it gets better. There are already enough dodgy operators out there as it is without one of the largest dive training operators cutting back on the safety standards as well. I suppose they are keeping by what PADI stands for Put Another Dollar In.