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Anyone done the Nat Geo PADI dive course?

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by paschen, Oct 28, 2005.

  1. paschen

    paschen Nassau Grouper

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    I was checking out some dive sites I am hitting up soon and saw a banner for a new National Geographic PADI Open Water and wondered if anyone had actually done it or their thoughts?
    I doubt I would do it - but feedback would be cool.
    Cheers
    Pas
     
  2. WileEDiver

    WileEDiver Instructor, Scuba

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    I've taught it.

    A recent change is that this program can now be conducted as a specialty and not just a more comprehensive "Open Water" program.

    In the course you do additional work on buoynacy and navigation and you get to work on an underwater exploration program. All very useful skills.
     
  3. tiggy

    tiggy Angel Fish

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    Location: No. VA
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    My husband and I did the National Geographic Open Water class for our OW certification. Here's the link to my review of the class.

    http://www.scubaboard.com/showthread.php?t=96833&highlight=National+Geographic+Diver

    Personally, the best part of the class for us was the extra dives and the confidence we gained through them. Knowing what my confidence level was after the first 4 dives, there's a good chance I would have been certified and never dove again. However, the last two dives really boosted my confidence level in my skills. That and the "exploration project" was a really cool experience. Taught me to spend time looking at things instead of just worrying about skills.
     
  4. Kagh't

    Kagh't Dive Travel Professional

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    I did it at as extension to my OW earlier this year.
    It was a generally good fun (learning proper boyancy controls so one could hover stationary above a reef to draw it on a slate was one of the tasks set to us), and did teach a few good skills.
    You get a kick *** card too, much better than the other PADI ones, but thats only a bonus, lol.
    I do like my fish, and as a newly qualified divers, it gave me more of an eye to find the critters.

    I did PPB and navigation adventure dives during the Nat Geo which counted towards the AOW i did later on. I'd recommend doing these too, because those dives and the course material reinforce each other superbly IMHO.
     
  5. paschen

    paschen Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Brisbane, Australia
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    Thanks guys - might be worth doing after all. :)
    Cheers
    Tae
     

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