Recommendation vs. standard


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

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Posted by Ken Kurtis on September 06, 2004 at 09:42:09:

In Reply to: Re: Correction posted by Max Bottomtime on September 05, 2004 at 22:44:21:

Max wrote: "Since there is no legal requirement for a VIS, we let the customers decide if they wanted one. We always let them know that it was only an industry recommendation."

Had push ever come to shove, I'd think you'd have a hell of a time defending that position in court. To say it's a recommendation implies it's optional. Don't hang your hat on the word "legal" meaning only something passed by the Legislature. CGA (Compressed Gas Associaitoin) standards as well as the individual mfg standards will carry (ChrisM, feel free to weigh in here) weight in court.

Max finished with: "I see no reason to chase away business by quibbling over a sticker."

Take a look at some of the photos from that Florida store where the tank exploded. I'd think the statement should be, "I see no reasonto die in an exoplosion just because someone refuses to get their tank VIP'd."

Just a thought.

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


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