Another PADI course director gets it all wrong...
Jason Kendall - Divemaster/Computer Graphics
January 31, 2004 at 12:30:14
Surprise. Surprise. PADI Course Director Mandy-Rae completely misses the point of CDNN's editorial on the PADI Scuba Diver course.
Maybe she can't read. Or more likely she's deliberately attempting to divert attention from CDNN's just criticisms of PADI for "dumbing down" entry-level course standards and failing to establish effective "rules" governing supervision of undertrained divers as opposed to mere recommendations, which PADI instructors and divemasters often ignore.
As CDNN points out, the only rule is that the "Scuba Diver" must be supervised by a PADI professional. That's the problem. PADI acknowledges the course content is insufficient to allow such "divers" to safely dive on their own, yet fails to establish limits (rules) that effectively control the conduct of the PADI professionals who must supervise inadequately trained divers.
Mandy-Rae confuses "recommendations" with "rules". The PADI Scuba Diver course is equivalent to a highway where the legal maximum speed limit has been replaced by mere recommendations about how fast we should drive. Is there any doubt about how such recommendations would affect the automoblie accident rate?
So Mandy-Rae (and PADI) can scream all they want about how stupid people are (including most PADI professionals) who ignore PADI recommendations, a scuba diving course that is based on the notion that "supervision is a substitute for adequate training" has nothing to do with accepting personal responsibility. It's a course that is based on doing "trust me" dives. In other words, it's a course that teaches people they cannot rely on themselves. Instead, they must depend and rely on a certified PADI professional to safely complete a dive.
That's the point of CDNN's editorial, isn't it? Anyone considering an entry-level scuba diving course who understands they must never defer responsibility for their own safety must "...say NO to the PADI Scuba Diver course".
All I would add is that divers might also want to "say NO" to a PADI course director who lacks the intelligence to grasp the difference between "rules" and "recommendations", fails to understand the negative impact loose standards have on diver safety, and apparently endorses the PADI "Scuba Diver" course even though it's based on the irresponsible and dangerous notion that divers should NOT take responsibility for themselves.