Cyber Diver is correct--PADI killed the Advanced Plus course...
Lisa - PADI Instructor
September 18, 2003 at 19:46:01
Sharkfood, you've got it wrong and Cyber Diver's got it right. Go back and read the article. It does not say that PADI discontinued the Advanced course. It refers specifically to the PADI Advanced Plus course, which as the article points out, was just another con-ed marketing gimmick to squeeze more money out of dive students. So it's true that PADI killed the Advanced Plus course and what is now called the 'Adventures in Diving' course is really the old Advanced Course with some very minor changes.
You refer to the resort problem but that goes back to the agencies and especially PADI. Back in the late 80s and early 90s, PADI shifted its focus and started developing "resort products" to "grow the diving market". If you want to make diving safer, you need to force PADI and the other agencies to stop "dumbing down" diving education with "resort products" like PADI Scuba Diver.
I think that's the point Cyber Diver is making and I agree with them. Having said that, I don't think it's going to happen, not from within the industry anyway. The only thing PADI really cares about is increasing the overall number of dive consumers.