Sorry Charlie, you're not making any sense...
John B - Instructor/Dive shop employee
October 10, 2004 at 08:31:50
Sorry Charlie--you're not making any sense.
If PADI instructors and the PADI Open Water course produce, as you say, "MANY open water divers out there who wouldn't even rate a PADI Scuba Diver rating...", obviously there is something wrong with PADI's educational system both at the instructor level and entry-level. A diver educational system that fails to properly train entry-level divers (and instructors) is a broken system that needs to be fixed. But you don't fix it by rolling out a scuba course that effectively cuts entry-level training in half. That just makes the problem worse.
Your final comment, "You may not like PADI, but you still have to respect the hard work they put in to keep the diving industry going." points to the real problem. The PADI Scuba Diver course is all about "keeping the industry going" (growing the industry) as opposed to training people to dive safely. It's about quantity (more certifications, more divers), not quality (more thorough and effective training).
Respect PADI for keeping the industry going by rolling out defective products like PADI Scuba Diver?
Sorry Charlie, not a chance.