Thursday, August 17, 2017

Fuck the Solar Eclipse Let's Go Diving


So, all the reports say gridlock will be so bad that traffic jams are already starting to emerge. 

I say, Fuck the eclipse and let's go diving. I'm currently above the totality line, so it will get darker in the Pacific Northwest nonetheless. 

To that effect, with all the hoopla, you can surely guarantee that there will be more YouTube videos showing the best eclipse footage from everywhere across the country.

Also, lets say the weather gets cloudy and rainy... so much for the time, money, and effort put into looking a shadow!

Has anyone really thought about this...??? You are risking traffic, lack of services, gridlock, and  being in your car for 3 days for a FUCKING shadow! 

Join me in Hoodsport on Monday and let's be underwater at 10am!!!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Visit the new fish habitat at Sunrise Motel & Dive Resort, Hoodsport, Wa...



A cool place for fish to hang out and make new homes...

Sunrise Motel & Dive Resort
24520 US Hwy 101
Hoodsport, WA 98548
360-877-5301

#hoodsport #hoodsportwashington #divethepnw #sunrisemotel #sunrisemotelanddiveresort #fishhabitats

Open Water Certification Dives at Sunrise Motel, Puget Sound, for Ian an...



Visibility wasn't the greatest this weekend but there was a nice selection of animals to see. It's always fun to see anemones and hermit crabs. With the low vis, we couldn't find the deep boats, but I know they're still there.

#pugetsound #hoodsportwashington #sunrisemotel #openwaterweekend #certification dives #certdives

Fun dive day under the waterfall at Dugan Falls, Washougal, Washington



Dugan Falls are located in Washougal, Washington about 30 minutes East of Vancouver. The water coming down the falls slows down enough by the first week in August so it's a great time to head up there and take a dip. The water is usually about 61-63 degrees and the pool under the fall gets to about 18ft deep. Every year we see a school of Steelhead Trout. This year there were about 40 of them and they were about 30 inches long.

#duganfalls #douganfalls #riverdiving #waterfalldiving #washougal #washougalriver #steelhead #trout #steelheadtrout


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

British rebreather diver has died on a shore-dive in less than 2m of water

British rebreather diver has died on a shore-dive in less than 2m of water after watching his two children training in Green Bay near Larnaca, Cyprus


SIX FUCKING FEET OF WATER...!!!


Analysis of recreational closed-circuit rebreather deaths 1998-2010

The 181 recorded recreational rebreather deaths occurred at about 10 times the rate of deaths amongst open-circuit recreational scuba divers. No particular brand or type of rebreather was over-represented. Closed-circuit rebreathers have a 25-fold increased risk of component failure compared to a manifolded twin-cylinder open-circuit system. This risk can be offset by carrying a redundant 'bailout' system. Two-thirds of fatal dives were associated with a high-risk dive or high-risk behaviour. There are multiple points in the human-machine interface (HMI) during the use of rebreathers that can result in errors that may lead to a fatality.


While these machines can do amazing things, the human operators are still, failing...

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Pleuroncodes planipes, red crab, a species of squat lobster, raving to A...



This footage is not a loop... the original video is over 10 minutes long. Try to watch the whole thing if you can. It's quite mesmerizing!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pleuroncodes_planipes

Pleuroncodes planipes, sometimes called the pelagic red crab (or simply "red crab"), tuna crab or langostilla, is a species of squat lobster from the eastern Pacific Ocean.

The crabs are about 4 inches long, have three small legs on each side of their bodies and two pincers in front, much like a miniature lobster. Their tails are segmented, causing them to swim backward.

Audio is: Axel Thesleff, "Bad Karma"

#pleuroncodes #planipes #pleuroncodesplanipes #redcrab #squatlobster #pelagicredcrab #axelthesleff #badkarma #ravemusic

A compilation of various animals from the Northern Channel Islands off S...


Northern Channel Islands aboard the Truth Aquatics Vessel, "Truth"

July 31st to August 4th

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Critters, sounds, colors, fishes, and various sea life of the Channel Is...




Northern Channel Islands aboard the Truth Aquatics Vessel, "Truth"

July 31st to August 4th

#truthaquatics #channelislands #liveaboard #catalinaisland #seakelp #kelpforrests #littlefishes #garibaldi #soundsofthereef #bluewater #colorsofthereef #blackseahare #purpleseaurchins #seaurchins #nudibranchs #photobomb #steelanchor #teckdivers #newfinkick

little fishes
Garibaldi
sounds of the reef
blue water
colors of the reef
black sea hare
purple sea urchins
purple nudibranchs
photo bomb
steel anchor
tech divers
new fin kick

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Amazing and beautiful undulating kelp forests of the Channel Islands



Northern Channel Islands aboard the Truth Aquatics Vessel, "Truth"

July 31st to August 4th

#truthaquatics #channelislands #liveaboard #catalinaisland #seakelp #kelpforrests

Some of the larger fish species and other interesting sea life




Northern Channel Islands aboard the Truth Aquatics Vessel, "Truth"

July 31st to August 4th

#truthaquatics #channelislands #liveaboard #catalinaisland #fish #sheephead

Harbor seal swimming through the kelp with me



Northern Channel Islands aboard the Truth Aquatics Vessel, "Truth"

July 31st to August 4th

#truthaquatics #channelislands #liveaboard #catalinaisland #harborseal #sealion

Juvenile sea hare and purple and yellow nudibranch




Northern Channel Islands aboard the Truth Aquatics Vessel, "Truth"

July 31st to August 4th

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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Off to the Channel Islands for 4 days of diving...!!! I am so excited.

In a little more than 24-hours, many of us will be on the road or catching a flight to Santa Barbara, California. We're setting off for 4 days of diving on a Truth Aquatics Liveaboard in the glorious Northern Channel Islands.

It's been 10 years, and over 1600 dives since I've been to the islands and many years since my last liveaboard. I am sooooo excited...!!! The variety of animals, the kelp forests, and the full service that comes with being able to have an extended stay on a dive boat is one of the best parts about diving I've grown to love.

The years of teaching others to dive has been so incredibly fulfilling. Being able to share my passion with you and see how you've evolved into the greatest divers I've ever known is what keeps me going. Diving is fun, but sharing it with all of you is a dream come true.

I know that there are those out there that have just started. One day you'll be able to look back and see how far you've come, will be amazed at what you've seen, and best of all, have memories of the experiences that have truly shaped your lives.

Occasionally, I think to myself, I hope I will still be able to do this when 50, 60, and 70... but the truth is, I can't imagine doing anything else. Thank you for helping me get here and thank you for helping me continue to do it.

I'll be back in a week!



--carlos




Thursday, July 27, 2017

Choosing your technical instructor. An article from TDI. My respone...

Very nice. I actually teach this to Open Water students but expand upon this premise to include another couple of ideas. What was described were the virtues of the instructor, what you'll learn, and sometimes what you'll pay. I don't want my students to think the instruction was great because they had a spectacular time, I want them to know it's great because they know it will keep them safe.

The aspect I teach comes from the phenomenon of Who's the Barber, here?

Please watch the video and you'll see what I'm talking about. The moral of that story is that divers will inevitably run into instructors that will tell the student, "I've been doing this for 30 years!" ...and because of this, you shouldn't question what I'm telling you.

We've all seen those divers that we can't explain why the are so bad, and I'm guessing it's from following orders or copying what they're seeing. Diving equipment has changed tremendously, instruction is different, and lastly standards have changed. Anyone telling another that their skills, advice, and abilities from 30 years ago should supersede today's or common sense, needs to find another instructor.

Yes, it's not always this black and white, however, I'm training divers to become autonomous and once I've cut that proverbial umbilical cord, they have to be able to make decisions without the assistance of the instructor; me... If they can't do that, are not willing to do that, or believe that the instruction they may get elsewhere will never do them wrong, then they're not ready to be on their own.

Sure, this is subjective but if something doesn't look or feel right, IT'S NOT RIGHT for them...!!!

There are times when an instructor has to push a little more to get the reluctant student to get to that next level, but anxiety from the student shouldn't be a roadblock, it should be a speed bump that tells them to slow down... It's not something they can't do, but something that will make them a better diver because they won't put themselves or others (including the instructor) at risk.

Anxiety can be learnt to be dealt with. Stop, Breathe, Think, and Act. If panic sets in, there's nothing that can be done except to bolt to the surface. We must fix the issue first, where their at -- underwater. The surface is their final destination. 

https://www.tdisdi.com/explorers-vs-educators/#comment-559243

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Scuba Diving with Truth Aquatics Liveaboard. Last Minute Sale. 7/31 - 8/3

Scuba Diving with Truth Aquatics Liveaboard Last Minute Sale

There are several people that dropped out and are selling their spots. July 31 to August 3. Boarding starts July 30 at 8pm and departs at 4am on July 31.

This is a liveaboard boat. Bunk style sleeping.

Nitrox fills are $6

Food included. Upwards of 5 dives a day.

First spot, $450. Second spot available soon... Regular price $795.

Interested?

https://www.facebook.com/events/1288700364534033/

We are driving down Sunday morning. Departs from Santa Barbara, California.

I know, short notice... -




-carlos

#Scuba #scubadiving #TruthAquatics #liveaboarddiving #channelislands #Catalinaisland  #lastminutedeals #divetrips #diveboats

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Open Water Weekend and Scuba Diving Certification of Father and Son. Hoo...



Father and Son complete their certification dives in the Puget Sound and then go out on their required fun dive! No instructor...!!! They get to plan the dive, do the dive, fix any issues themselves, and return to shore. Father got certified ages ago but took a long time away from diving so he did the whole course with his son. This young man is only 13, but is required to do ALL the skills that the adults do. He earned his Junior Scuba Certification, but I will dive with him any time, any place, and to any depth.

Great job guys! I've very proud of you.


--carlos

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Dry Drowning: Know the Signs. #scuba #drydrowning #drowning #poolsafety

It sounds scary: A child can seem fine after getting out of a pool or body of water but then start to have trouble breathing an hour -- or up to 24 hours -- later. You'll worry a whole lot less once you know the signs of submersion injuries, and how to prevent them.


Adults, please see an emergency room if you aspirate water. Even though you may cough most of it out, there is a great risk for something very similar and even pneumonia.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Suunto Wireless Tank Pressure Transmitters Recall

Suunto has identified a potential safety risk affecting all Suunto Wireless Tank Pressure Transmitters and Suunto Tank PODs which wirelessly transmit tank air pressure to compatible Suunto dive computers. In two reported incidents, the exterior case of a Suunto Wireless Tank Pressure Transmitter have failed during regular dry land pressure testing. Although extremely rare, this represents a potential risk of injury, due to risk of bursting.

http://view.email.suunto.com/?qs=65c0b6aa7f36d2d3bf430770d7b8630117ef376ab0aeded8d27aedb407cc566f9fda1aa3ad4960b061802d43a74d23b6a4fd4ec9d47c9c3cf45c3fb3395315383fba59e0eef4c67a

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Chad brings friends to try scuba... they did pretty good!



Try scuba at it's finest... if you're going to do it, might as well have lots of fun. Boys will be boys... LOL #tryscuba #scubaexperience #resortdiving Do you think they're ready for the Puget Sound?

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Modern refresher courses are insulting and divers need to start asking for more! #scuba #refreshercourse #scubaskillsupdate #scubareactivate

If it's been a while since you've been diving and you're ready to get back into diving, congratulations! I love scuba diving and if you're ready to dive again, I bet you do too.

When I took time off before moving to the Pacific Northwest to teach full time, I knew I would get back into it soon. I ended up taking about a year off. When I started diving again, I didn't take a formal refresher course from another instructor because I'm an instructor myself. I did however create a plan to follow, taking my time and worked my way back to the level I was before taking that break.

That took about two years. Time off takes a huge toll one's experiences and comfort as a whole. If one year off took me two to get back, how long will it really take you?

As with any of the activities that we do often, when we practice we get better and even if one's skills don't improve, they rarely get worse. Even masters in their prospective fields get better if they believe they have something to learn. Interestingly enough, there are those out there that think that getting back into scuba diving is like riding a bike. This is somewhat true but only in the smallest degree.

One can probably assemble the gear, strap it onto their back and drop below the surface of the water, however the physical action of performing the motions and skills needed to be a safe and competent diver after taking a long hiatus will not be as if one never stopped. So, what should be in a good refresher? The easy answer is any area that one feels they need improving on but there are some considerations that most non-professional divers aren't aware of...

Often, divers with long breaks in diving will come back to the activity because of a trip to an exotic destination or itinerary near water. Trips of a lifetime also bring out the rusty and dusty diver. The phenomenon of the "Bucket List" and things people have to "do before they die" are drawing people back to scuba as well.

Whatever the reason, scuba diving is an amazing activity and it's hard to give it up forever. I surely didn't understand why I took at break at all. What does a typical refresher course cost? As with any market, competition can often drive market prices.



However, market prices can sometimes not be a clear reflection of what the consumer needs. I've seen refresher courses for as little as $79, and if the diver has been out of the water for less than a year, a little pool time can seem like all they need.

Those that have stayed away longer often admit they need more than rudimentary education driving prices upwards of $150. In this world of available instant gratification, some want refresher courses to be as easy as possible, often not reflecting what the industry believes they need rather what the customer says they need. Suffice it to say, anyone that takes more than two years off of most activities, especially ones with the inherent risk of death shouldn't be so quick to accept the cheapest and fastest.

Often, even when divers only have time for a short educational review and a couple hours in the pool, divers with 10 plus years between dives have been know to seek these type of refresher courses.

As an analog, I ask students how they would feel about a surgeon performing "minor" surgery on them years after a hiatus. Most are easily reluctant but when considering an activity in an environment foreign to our nature, it's amazing that anyone would settle for less than what they really need.




Any refresher without an instructor supervising their actions asking them to perform the sames skills learned during their initial training, at least a couple of dives in a non-confined water environment, and for all intents and purposes starting from scratch, should always be what one truly considers as the only option! After all, everyone that has surgery always wants the best, irregardless of whether they can afford it or not.

In order to ensure that divers not fool themselves into believing they are better than they really are, personally, I insist that anyone wanting a refresher course from me follow my guidelines:

1) Any diver for which is has been less than 12 months since their last dive will have a 2-hour educational review and will visit the pool with me. The educational review is abbreviated and the time in the pool will cover all the skills needed before open water. This can usually be done in a couple of hours.
2) Divers for which is has been at least 12 months since their last dive but not more than 24 months will have a 2-hour educational review and will visit the pool with me.
The educational review is abbreviated and the time in the pool will cover all the skills a new diver does. After the pool skills are completed, 2 open water dives are completed demonstrating everything done in the pool while in a real world diving environment. 
These 2 dives and skills can even be under the supervision of an instructor at their dive destination. Confirmation of their refresher is not given by the referred instructor until the completion of those dives and skills performed if re-certification dives are conducted elsewhere.
3) Lastly, any diver for whom it has been greater than 24 months since 
their last dive will have the full educational review (like a new student,
typically six hours) and will visit the pool with me to complete all the
work as would a new student.
After the pool skills are completed, 2 open water dives and all open water skills are completed. There are other dive shops, instructors, or dive destinations that will do
the condensed versions of the refreshers they may be looking for, but when I disclose that, I also emphasize how sacrificing quality and thorough instruction is a recipe for injury or death. 
This is one area that I truly believe that the industry must re-evaluate their policies, practices, and standards. You know what the scary part is... People sometimes don't sign up for my refresher courses.

When students wonder why I require more from than other dive shops or other instructors, I point them to a couple experts. This shouldn't be something that I have to explain, sadly if someone is looking to cut corners, they will  ind a way. The 2 articles below clearly illustrate why it is so necessary to change this industry shortcoming.

Please read these two articles some of these insights:

Addressing the Issue of Diver Competence by Alex Brylske
https://jcaelitescuba.com/articles/Address-the-Issue-of-Diver-Competence.htm

My favorite quote from this article:
"There's also a lot of confusion about exactly what training can realistically achieve. Divers are initially qualified through a certification process, but they remain qualified only through continued experience. In no field can certification alone guarantee
competence."
Dive Training Today: A Perspective by Bret Gilliam
https://jcaelitescuba.com/articles/Dive-Training-Today-A-Perspective.htm

My favorite quote from this article:
"Some scuba training agency programs lead divers to believe they are more qualified than they are, with ratings such as 'Advanced Diver' requiring as few as 9 to 10 total dives; and 'Master Diver' requiring fewer than 25 dives." 
If you would like to see what poor training looks like, please watch this video. While no one gets hurt or dies, it's clear that the divers need more than a refresher course!

Potentially Fatal Scuba Diving Accident Intervention Bahamas by Aaron Hagen
https://youtu.be/W30cufYc_ZI

In the end, I make my living as a scuba diving instructor. Hopefully, more will follow my lead and insist that training, safety, and experience precede a paycheck, but the world and I don't always see eye to eye. For what it's worth, even the weekend warrior can find value in my program and the $350, however common sense is a commodity that is often priced way below market value.

Here are some of the aspects of taking a long hiatus from diving that the reluctant diver often neglects:

There is no doubt, the typical American diet is contributing to an epidemic of laziness and morbid obesity. Because of this, it is also realistic to conclude that the physical abilities of the average diver have diminished.

Partner this with the fact that divers are getting older as well as entering the activity in one's later years, there is concern here. NAUI has implemented testing and physical fitness criteria and SDI/TDI requires medical evaluations every year from their instructors. In the past, as instructors got older and fatter, there was no accountability to the standards of health of most agency's instructors.

I remember a time when a large class of students was accompanied by a second instructor and maybe even a couple of Divemasters. Today, while the standard ratio of instructors to students has been relatively the same, more than one instructor or Divemasters infrequently accompanies
today's instructors.

Too often dive shop owners insist on maximizing instructor to student ratios to keep their profit margins high as possible. So, anyone returning to diving and becoming re-certified may be surprised as to the amount of attention and actual training they receive. While in warm, tropical waters with excellent visibility, having a group of 8 might seem feasible, in reality, one instructor is rarely in arms reach of two students, let alone 8.

If divers are returning to the activity and in need of additional attention, it is very likely that they won't be able to receive it as the entire group is also needing attention. Programs are being facilitated towards the lowest common denominator.

Educational materials are sometimes outdated. Not to mention that physical books are disappearing or being replaced by the favorable "e-learning," older students that prefer hard-copies might not absorb the materials as learning modes vary from generation to generation.

Electronic educational systems also assume that the user has access to a computer and even access to the internet. While public access at educational institutions and public libraries are available to some, they might not be available to all.

I've had several older students that wanted the hard-copy books and DVD's to brush up on the education they were rusty on. If electronic education wipes out the hard-copies, a group of divers could be excluded.

Because e-learning and online education and videos are becoming favored, there is also the missing personal relationship that develops in a classroom setting. Electronic education and testing may be efficient, however it doesn't allow for independent thought, opinion, and discussion.

When one has to choose from "A, B, C, or D" or "true or false," it is possible that a student could guess incorrectly while believing they knew the answer. Similarly, the instructor doesn't know where the student guessed or areas of concern. While educated guesses may work in some areas, educated guesses can result in injuries that divers don't fundamentally know about (i.e. driving to altitude after diving).

Teaching to the lowest common denominator is becoming the norm. As experienced instructors retire from the industry, younger and less seasoned professional emerge. I've seen students whom missed questions with blank looks on their faces nodding their heads upon review of final exams missed questions.

Admitting that one really doesn't comprehend the answer is likely to be avoided if it turns out that failing to pass an exam may result in not receiving one's certification card or an update for a logbook.

For those agencies who have the student's take final exams after pool and certification dives, there is almost an expectation that failing the final exam can never happen.

Equipment technology has improved greatly! Not only is scuba diving equipment getting easier to use but the costs of manufacturing has dropped. Profit margins of the high-end systems often drive dive shops to push equipment to divers that are not ready, capable, or need certain equipment.

Because of this, when divers drop out, that merchandise ends up on Craigslist, Scubaboard, or the classifieds where the local dive shops and instructors have little influence over how much education is required for the prospective diver prior to using that equipment.

Not to mention adverse reactions by dive shop owners to those that purchased used, students may find the confrontations uncomfortable resulting in failure to return for additional education, refreshers, or even equipment servicing.

Medical technology has vastly improved! It has been shown that the formation of micro-bubbles and deep stops might be able to reduce the incidences of decompression sickness, DCS.

However, while the science is getting stronger helping us discover more about decompression theory, those wishing to scuba dive are reluctantly admitting less and less if they conditions which could
hinder entrance to scuba diving education.

While it's my opinion that not allowing one to scuba dive because of medical contraindications isn't the solution, creating a safe environment to do so should be, the industry has been slow to want
to take any risk when there is uncertainty.

As my programs evolve, I'm discovering that even my students are taking shortcuts. Ironically, if I'm able to see loopholes in my student's devotion to scuba diving education and I plug those holes with
additional education, additional water work, and a need for subjective criteria for successful completion of my program (i.e. diver attitude, diver confidence, and my gut feeling), other programs very often only follow minimum standards and follow the student with blinders on.

What that means is that ultimately the student completes all the skills on a checklist in order to appease the legal system and in the event of an accident, feels the education is defensible. That doesn't teach the student what they really need because injury and death are really the
highest training standards that each diver should be trained for.

The last thing that I'll talk about is, "resort diving." In my opinion, creating an environment where students can continue to keep "trying scuba" is only setting them up for disaster. I believe that these experiences should only be conducted in pool like conditions and at the very minimal of depths.

There are numerous reports of divers on the second or third visit to these tropical dive destinations with aspirations of scuba diving with the fully certified. In reality, resorts continue to promote scuba without training and the try scuba divers are willing to jump on board!

I've changed my standards so that anyone with time off from diving exceeding 12 months must do an extended amount of education, pool work, and two full dives with an instructor (myself or referred), but I am the only one.

I have never heard of instructors, agencies, or resorts turning away business because its been too long between dives. While the preponderance of divers never have issues, being witness to diver deaths and near fatal injuries only emphasize the need for more remediation, not less!

As an independent instructor, I've found an incredible flexibility to train students to a level I never thought possible. The ironic thing is that not one student has ever told me my program was too hard, too long, or should be faster.

On the other hand, I have heard from a couple of PADI instructors that tried to find fault in the manor which I teach, stating that more is not better and insisting that it better to have the student come back to continue that education.

The reality is, even with the relationships, community, and high standards for safety, I still see many who learn to dive, go on their trips, and never dive again. While I can say that my percentages of drop outs are significantly lower than the local dive shop, many still want to just try it and see if they
like it.



As with all things that take devotion, time, and commitment to master, scuba is no different. Those that dive year after year without long breaks can really see how well they improve, but should also be able to see how much they would have forgotten.


Monday, June 26, 2017

Addressing the issue of diver competence by Alex Brylske, Dive Training Magazine, July 2012



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full article text can be found here: https://jcaelitescuba.com/articles/Address-the-Issue-of-Diver-Competence.htm

Dive Training Magazine: July 2012
Editorials: Addressing the Issue of Diver Competence
Text by Alex Brylske

"It's inevitable that once we've done something for what seems like a lifetime, one begins to look at newbies with a jaundiced eye. How many of us haven't told our kids about the good old days when the grass was greener, the sky bluer and the air clearer? The fact is that the human psyche (probably as a defense mechanism) tends to remember the good and forget the bad."

"I've had many similar conversations with old-salt divers, and I've found that what it really comes down to is their lack of understanding of how diving (including the diver himself) has changed over the years. When you and I started diving, divers were a pretty homogeneous bunch. The norm was reasonably good physical condition, a high level of comfort in the water and training that would make a Marine Corps drill instructor envious. And most important of all, we dove a lot. You could say that diving was more or less all we did for pleasure. Well, look around on any dive boat and you'll see how much that's changed."

"Today's diver can't be pigeonholed. They include big and burly types as well as kids, older folks (like us) and people who never imagined they'd ever purposely jump into water over their heads. What's made this possible, of course, is vastly improved equipment technology. Equally significant is that today's diver enjoys diving, all right, but not to the exclusion of other recreational interests. This means that instead of making 50 or 100 dives a year (common in days past) the average diver today, I'll wager, probably makes fewer than a dozen dives a year."

"There's also a lot of confusion about exactly what training can realistically achieve. Divers are initially qualified through a certification process, but they remain qualified only through continued experience. In no field can certification alone guarantee competence."

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