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Posted by Wayne on January 30, 2003 at 17:52:23:

In Reply to: Re: PADI bashing from a PADI supporter posted by Rich K on January 30, 2003 at 17:29:13:

If an instructor violates the standards, and is witnessed doing so, it is incumbant on any of us who know the rules to turn that person in to their agency. It is a self-policing situation and it is important. We live in a day of watered down OW instruction where the bare minimum is taught in OW classes. It is important that the instructor does not ever teach less than the requirements or engage in unsanctioned teaching methods such as sending half of the class off with a DM for a tour on their very first ocean experience.

Not everyone knows the standards, but those who do and see them violated have a duty to try to get the offending instructor back on track. The unfortunate thing in this story is that it appears that the instructor was only suspended for 3 months and required to pay a local Course Director for a "Status Review". While this might equate to a hefty fine in terms of pay, it certainly seemed too light a punishment considering that "A review of her file revealed this was her second confirmed violation of control standards within the last two years."


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