The PADI instructor instructs (more or less)--PADI provides the instructional system (more or less)...
RB - Instructor/Part-time dive center staff
August 19, 2005 at 06:49:42
The scuba diving instructor instructs. The scuba diving certification agency provides the scuba diving educational system. The PADI Scuba Diver course is one component of the PADI educational system and one of many products that PADI sells via their distribution network (dive shops and instructors). It is the first scuba diving certification course I'm aware of that is based on the notion that supervision can be a substitute for adequate training. Therefore I agree with Cyber Diver that it is irresponsible and that PADI should dump it.