Does this make sense to anyone?

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Posted by MHK on May 05, 2008 at 21:28:50:

I was glancing through the NY Daily News and came across the following article:

Caymans earn rep as snorkeler heaven

Essentially it is an article about how easy and fun it is to learn scuba diving, and it follows the journey of a 13 year old and a 15 year old doing the class work on line prior to heading down to Cayman. Once they arrive they do a 1/2 day in the pool, 1 dive in the afternoon to 25'. Day 2 is two dives in the 50' - 60' range and then day 3 the first dive of the "safari dive" is a 96' wall dive.

Putting aside my issues respecting on-line academics, from a pure risk management and pure saftey perspective, why in the world would any sensible instructor take a 13 year old child to 96' (presumably on air) on a wall that drops to thousands of feet, after a mere 3 dives under his belt? Perhaps the sadder part from my perspective is the fact that the author of this article not only doesn't see how dangerous this idea is, he glorifies the idea by memorializing it.

This article truly saddened me.


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