Posted by Max Bottomtime on November 21, 2000 at 15:13:28:
In Reply to: Not ready/qualified/trained/etc. to make a dive posted by Ken Kurtis on November 19, 2000 at 21:46:29:
On the other hand, I have met DMs on boats with much less experience than many divers on board. What may seem an inappropriate dive to the DM can be a leisure trip to the diver. When I have worked as a DM, I tried to get to know everyone on board and quietly learn their qualifications. If I questioned their ability to make a certain dive, I might suggest waiting for the second divesite. If they insist on making the first dive, I let them go, but mentally prepare myself to make a rescue. (I've only had to make one, thankfully). If I'm a paying customer and I feel qualified to make a dive and a DM refused to allow me to make it, I would expect a partial refund for the trip.
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