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Unbiased thoughts on PADI Advanced Open Water Diver and PADI Rescue Diver...

Mike - BSAC Sport ADI/Businessman
August 17, 2006 at 21:47:56

My main concern about the recent discussion is whether the PADI gradings are quite right. I know people who are Advanced Open Water divers and have only done 8 OW dives! You AIN'T AN ADVANCED ANYTHING AFTER ONLY DOIN' IT 8 TIMES!!!!

I just think the wording and perhaps depth limits need attention.  Also I don't think you can lead a dive until you have competent rescue skills.  The Rescue skills module in the ADV OW syllabus should be compulsory - NOT OPTIONAL.

Other than this, I think PADI are well capable of teaching safely - although British coldwater ow viz diving needs a different approach to warm water high viz. I presume the uk PADI guys take this into account.

Either way - lets all look forward to hopefully safer diving in the future with less accidents. I just hate it when I see reports of incidents / deaths that could so easily have been avoided.

In my opinion and without prejudice of course

Action Divers

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