Supervision is no substitute for adequate training--that's the problem...
John B - Instructor/Dive shop employee
January 20, 2005 at 19:42:24
To Steve Forster: Don't get lost in pragmatics. It's not about you or any other professional diver trying to make the right call when a semi-certified diver shows up to go diving. That's closing the barn door (dive shop door) after the horse (inadequately trained diver) is already out.
The issue here is that a certification agency (PADI) is distributing a defective and hazardous product to its global network of dive stores called the PADI Scuba Diver course, which is based on the absurd and irresponsible notion that supervision is a substitute for adequate training.
In a sport that involves inherent risks such as decompression sickness and lung embolisms, supervision is no substitute for adequate training (and neither are log books). Nobody should be certified to go diving who cannot rely on their own abilities (buoyancy control, emergency ascent, weight-ditching, etc) when the shit hits the fan.