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Posted by Chris on November 10, 2009 at 09:58:53:

In Reply to: Re: Scuba Training posted by Retired Instructor on November 10, 2009 at 09:36:40:

My basic LA County course I took (at USC) in 1983 had a swimming test which included all of the components of Sec. 301 plus additional tests. 50% of the class was dropped for failure to pass the initial swimming test. The course consisted of eleven 1 hour in-class sessions, eight 2 hour pool sessions, six beach dive days (some with two dives), and two boat dives on the last day.

From the text of the code it would appear that the majority of open water classes being given do not approach the LA County legal standard. I suspect that many who are certified can't even pass the swimming requirement. You are probably correct that eventually a certifying agency will be reamed by a smart lawyer for not meeting these standards.

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