Friday, September 15, 2017

So, you want to learn how to scuba dive on your vacation. Learn locally!

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So you want to learn how to scuba dive...


When you arrive at your dive destination, have fun.

If you’re not going to learn here, there are some important things to keep in mind... some important things to ask when you get there!

It doesn't take long to get fully certified so if you have several consecutive days available.

I can finish you up without having to stretch out certification over several weeks.

Sometimes prospective students go elsewhere. It's not that I get dissapointed if students go elsewhere, but when I compare private lessons on your schedule, and at your convenience, with idividualized attention, rates similar to a shop's group rates while being taught on a private basis, something seems a miss...

I know that my program is more involved than the traditional dive shop course, and for what it's worth, I'll never adopt a business model that encourages less education, cutting corners, and churning out divers that are prone to dropping out just for additional business.

A popular program that many chose to sign up for is the "referral."

A referral certificatons mean that the students does all the education and pool work where they live, and do the certification dives at a destination of their choice.

When the student has two instructors, sometimes completing their certification becomes problematic.

If the dive shop recieving the student is of a different certifying agency, the issue tends to be the overall extent to which the thoroughness of their training really endsup being.

To this point, even when students choose instruction elsewhere or do their cert dives in only warm, tropical waters, I still want them to have the best, safest, thorough, and amazing experiences scuba diving.

Because of this, there are several things that the referral student should consider; several things to make sure to do in order to ensure they get what they deserve.

Listed below are several things that the new prospective student, referral student, and traveler should be sure to do:

-- find out how many students the instructor takes out at once
-- will a medical release be required?
-- does the instructor have liability insurance? what about the dive shop?
-- while a lot of the previous items mentioned happen infrequently, they are considerations that often go without saying
-- if you commited and enrolled, there are some things that should happen during your training
-- who's the barber, here?
-- ask your instructor how many dives they have logged
-- divemastes are NOT instructors
-- just dive
-- you're not as good as you think you are
-- this ain't no conga line
-- do, or do not, there is no try
-- it's NOT a numbers game
-- the blind leading the blind
-- those that can, WILL
-- those that can't, MAKE EXCUSES
-- accidents happen so infrequently, that it is not practical to bring it along
-- don't hide the truth and personal experiences even if the outcomes weren't the best
-- everybody rides for free
-- don't just sit there
-- i just want to try it and see if i like it


"Portland woman missing after scuba diving in Tacoma"

"Theodoric of York: Medieval Barber"

"No try. Do, or do not. There is no try."

"Justin Theroux suffered scuba diving scare during honeymoon"

"Dive Training Today: A Perspective"

"Addressing the Issue of Diver Competence"

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