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