Why PADI does not require a minimum number of instruction hours

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Posted by e-shark on August 21, 2001 at 19:09:42:

In Reply to: I am awake, and in a better mood having had lunch :) posted by Glenn on August 21, 2001 at 17:38:22:

The concept is pretty clear.

For academics, you either know the required material or you don't. If you can learn it in a couple of hours at home, what's the point of forcing everyone to sit through hours of boring lecture by young instructors. Just take the amount of classroom time needed to make sure that the students have in fact learned the material. If you haven't learned it in 12 hours (or whatever the other agency minimum hour requirements are), the minimum hour requirement becomes pointless.

Much the same rational applies to pool work. There are practical limits on how short pool time can be simply because you cannot teach and assess the required skills instantaneously.

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