Isn't this overreactive?

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Posted by SC on August 11, 2006 at 16:24:01:

In Reply to: PADI scuba-dive course slammed posted by on August 11, 2006 at 15:47:37:

I mean, 3 new divers die while diving, which is sad.... But amongst the number of annual new Open Water Certifications versus the annual number of scuba deaths of those new OW's, the percentage must be incredibly small... It's not as if the newbies are dying right & left once they get their C-Cards

I'm not an instructor, so whether I say the OW course is too short isn't really my area of expertise, but I suppose it, like any other training, could be more rigorous and more informative, but I think the simplest solution, which was already stressed when I took OP, is for each diver to be taught to know their abilities and know their limits and take care not to exceed them without proper training.

Incidentally, does anybody have the statistics on how many OW divers are certified annually, and how many of those die within the first 12 months or so of certification?

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