Re: Training/holding

Outer Bamnks diving on the Great Escape Southern California Live-Aboard Dive Boat

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Posted by Ken Kurtis on February 01, 2003 at 16:20:37:

In Reply to: Training Methodology posted by seahunt on January 31, 2003 at 19:03:47:

seahunt had various comments about holding down a student . . .

First of all, I remember Masa, though I never taught with him. And I certainly know a lot of guys who still teach "old school".

There's a very fine line between when it might and might might not be approproiate to restrain a student. But if a student is truly in a panic, and has possibly spit the reg out, and you hold them down, I think at your trial you'll be shown to have been negligent.

However, there may be times when a GENTLE restraint translates into a you-can-do-it and might be apprpriate. The trick is knowing the difference between the two.

Ken Kurtis
NAUI Instr. #5936
Co-owner, Reef Seekers Dive Co.
Beverly Hills, CA

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