Posted by kelphead on July 08, 2001 at 23:17:25:
In Reply to: are 2beach&2boat dives better than 4 boat dives when getting certified? posted by moonpieboy on July 08, 2001 at 19:39:52:
when i got certified, our open water certification
beach dive was supposed to be @ veteran's park, redondo beach.
well, the wave crashed over my head and slapped
me silly. that decided it for me: i was done
for the day, while my 2 classmates continued on.
the instructor(s) suggested that i just do all
of my cert dives off the boat. so, i did.
boat diving is generally much easier than beach
diving, but i regret not having that experience
w/my class and instructor. it's true that it
takes a little while to master beach diving and
that there is more knowledge involved/needed--there are very
experienced divers here who don't ever ever beach dive,
and instead do ALL of their diving off boats.
however, i think that limits me (and my buddy) when
$$ is an issue: beach diving is free, while boat
diving prices have gone up(!)
so, although there is more work (and more hazard)
involved w/beach diving, i would personally
recommend (based on my own experiences) that
you include the beach dives w/your course--unless
you know for sure that you will never beach
dive off cal, and instead will be exclusively
boat diving (and perhaps doing warm water, flat
sea beach diving).
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