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Posted by Ken Kurtis on November 16, 2005 at 23:44:25:

In Reply to: 7000 more bad divers per year? posted by on November 16, 2005 at 15:22:43:

Walt wrote: "I'd agree that these sections need to be beefed up but they also need to be enforced."

Here's the REAL question IMHO: Who does the enforcing?

An LA County Lifeguard who may not be scuba-certified, let alone an instructor? The Board of Supervisors? A cop? The LA County Department of Parks and Rec?

When this ordinance was written, NAUI and PADI were both in their relative infancy and LA County could rightly claim to be the original and an innovator. Not so sure that's the case today.

Other than having political clout and legitimacy because they exist as part of a government (county) entity (and PADI and NAUI as basically trtade organizaitioons - albeit large and influential ones), what's the true claim LA County has to setting scuba diving training and diving standards in 2005? It's not the same world as it was in 1974.

- Ken

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