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Scuba Q&A: What is the value in taking more diving courses?

by Andy Davis

Question: What is the value of doing more diving courses beyond my current certification level? 

Undertaking diving courses is (should be!) about acquiring new skills, knowledge, improving competencies and increasing proficiency as a scuba diver.

If someone views courses as merely a means to obtain new plastic cards (“license acquisition mentality“), then the perceived value of training substantially diminishes.

Diving courses are about competency development

You pay for training, and earn certification – you don’t pay to get a new card.

Sadly, far too many “pros” in the dive industry haven’t grasped that simple concept – and are guilty of peddling valueless courses purely on the basis of buying a “necessary license” to allow participation in X, Y or Z type of diving.

Avoid those types of instructors like the plague – they are, at best, incompetent educators and, at worst, disingenious salespeople.

If a training course doesn’t provide you with a clearly tangible increase in proficiency and knowledge, then you’ve simply been ripped off.



About the Author

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Andy Davis is a RAID, PADI TecRec, ANDI, BSAC and SSI qualified independent technical diving instructor who specializes in teaching advanced sidemount, trimix and wreck exploration diving courses across South East Asia.  Currently residing in ‘wreck diving heaven’ at Subic Bay, Philippines, he has amassed more than 9000 open circuit and CCR dives over 27 years of diving across the globe.

Andy has published many magazine articles on technical diving, has written course materials for dive training agency syllabus, tests and reviews diving gear for major manufacturers and consults with the Philippines Underwater Archaeology Society.

He is currently writing a series of books to be published on advanced diving topics.  Prior to becoming a professional technical diving educator in 2006, Andy was a commissioned officer in the Royal Air Force and has served in Iraq, Afghanistan, Belize and Cyprus.


Originally posted 2019-08-07 20:37:15.

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