As a totally non-DIR diver let me say this..., the first place to look for a dive instructor

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Posted by Wayne on November 01, 2001 at 15:41:59:

In Reply to: Re: Why force people to re-learn? posted by Karl S. on November 01, 2001 at 11:11:34:

Just as I dislike "them" saying we are wrong in our configurations, I think it is just as bad for us to say that their gear and or mindset is wrong.

I have been through a few agencies over the years and have seen the dumbing down of diving. Some of it is OK in my book. But as a diver seeks out advanced instruction, why not DIR (meaning GUE)? The real instructors I have heard of seem to teach more skills and provide more realistic practical dives.

I kinda suspect that the best woudl be for a diver to do Open Water followed by Advanced Open Water and have a few dives under the belt. Then the Fundamentals class sounds like a great next step. Maybe it is suitable for an earlier entry, but I think the student shodu talk to the instructor first to make sure their skills will fit into the class they are in.


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