In Part 2 of Is Certification Really Necessary, Jamesy and Brando try to work their way to the bottom of this controversial thread. Like many discussion boards, this one is full of twists and turns and dances around the root question. What is the definition of a diver? Have we evolved? Where are we going? Will these comments and questions get you as fired up as they did Brando? What will we find in the bottom of Pandora’s dive bag?
Click Here To Listen!
10/16/2020 09:55:56 pm
Great discussion! As usual lots of laughs. I think some people got the pointy ?, some of your commenters to the title to literal others got the scope behind. I agree, the instruction needs to be rounded by knowledge and visibly noticeable from the first day in the pool. I think to many students finish open drowning 101 saying, I’m not far behind my instructor in skill. I got this. They should be saying instead they have a long way to go to be at that level. I think the open water drowning course has become to simplistic and to easy to achieve. Just my .02 tho. I also know most new divers don’t want to put the effort of going from a hobby to an art. Which means you never truly master it but improve constantly
10/20/2020 05:59:38 am
Good episode, I always enjoy them, even when I’m not sure I agree with you. It is good to get different perspectives. First of all I was not offended. You and James seemed mildly concerned that I might take offense at some of your examples or language, I did not; If I was easily offended I doubt I would listen to TGDP. You also seemed to be laboring under the incorrect impression that I was an instructor, I am not. I have never ventured into the leadership track in any agency. I am certified through rescue with PADI with a couple of specialties and will be taking GUE Fundies next summer as I move into technical diving. I was certified in 93 and then took 20 years off of diving and only got back into it in the last few years. Not that all that is relevant but thought you should have the background so you didn’t have to speculate or wonder. I am also active on ScubaBoard.
10/21/2020 07:13:58 am
Hi Lance, thank you for not being easily offended. It’s a prerequisite for our show! Also, you need to have the patience and respect for us that you are willing to listen to us vent about life and get into the groove of the show for 5-20 minutes. You can’t just turn on the microphone and have this stuff happen. Our true fans have shared with us that they enjoy that part of TGDP. Thank you for being a part of it.
Leave a Reply.
James & Brando comment on diving in their own, unique way. An original take on SCUBA diving and their shared passion for exploring the underwater world and the diving community.
James & Brando