Why do you think it costs much more for PADI instructors to get insurance?...
Jack - IC/Instructor
August 11, 2005 at 15:07:17
The proof of the pudding is in the eating as they say, PADI training leave too many gaps, it's designed to give false impressions as to what can happen and what does in fact happen under water. THE BOTTOM LINE! Why do you think that it costs in some instances well over twice the price for a PADI instructor to obtain insurance in Australia as what it does for any other training agency? THE ANSWER: Because just about all accidents have been attributed to the training or the instructors, and that it is becoming too expensive for insurance companies to carry the risk, indeed the risk is totally unacceptable. Constant litigation agaisnt PADI and or it's operators and or it's instructors is becoming too costly to be carried.
Don't be fooled in thinking that litigation is proportionate to the marketshare of a given country, for instant the PADI marketshare in Australia is based on certifications, and PADI Aust. themselves acknowledge that certifications have been on a downward spiral for some time in fact 2004 was a huge drop for PADI, down 30%. With NAUI now out of the Australian marketplace due to NAUI USA wanting to play god (just for a change) the big beneficiaries have been SSI with a drastic growth in market share evident in the jewel of the Qld. market in Cairns, and 3 out of the top 4 training facilities having made the switch from PADI to SSI in the last 12 months, and the other beneficiary being SDI.
PADI really needs to wake up and smell the roses, they are their own biggest enemy. Continuously lowering training requirements and standards isn't the answer to making diving more accessible to the masses, having a quality product with quality standards for a realistic price is.