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Dive tables take a back seat in SSI training

Discussion in 'SSI: Scuba Schools International' started by riddler, Jan 6, 2010.

  1. riddler

    riddler Instructor, Scuba

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    SSI has moved dive tables to the Appendix of the Open Water Diving manual, and given Instructors the option to not train with dive tables. As far as I know, the use of computers has not been mandated, however.

     
  2. Brian Sharpe

    Brian Sharpe ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    While this is probably just recognizing the reality that most divers use a computer and forget how to use tables 5 minutes after finishing their OW training does SSI advocate the use of a backup computer?

    With my dive watch on and tables in my log book my diving isn't over for the day if my computer croaks.
     
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  3. BDSC

    BDSC Solo Diver

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    Makes sense to me!
     
  4. ScubaRich

    ScubaRich Instructor, Scuba

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  5. StreetDoctor

    StreetDoctor DIR Practitioner

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    doesn't suprise me :rolleyes: I'm sure PADI will follow
     
  6. sdiver68

    sdiver68 Nassau Grouper

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    According to 1 PADI instructor I spoke with, tables are already optional.
     
  7. tomfcrist

    tomfcrist NAUI Instructor

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    Tables may not be MANDATORY, but if it were me teaching they would be thouroghly covered. If nothing else i've never seen rental gear in the tropics come with a computer......Students need to know the theory behind the tables and have a basic understanding of how to use them.

    I teach tables, and even when a student has his/her own gear with a computer they log their cert dives using a table.
     
  8. riddler

    riddler Instructor, Scuba

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    I can't say I know for sure if the latest manuals recommend a backup computer. My manuals are pretty old. I checked the online training, and no mention. However, SSI does have a Computer Diving specialty, which we include as part of the Open Water Diver course at my shop. I'm sure most of the instructors now talk about the fact that they have a backup (I'm the only one that doesn't dive with two computers).

    From my own experience in SSI, training there, and eventually becoming a dive leader, I did not hear about backup computers until an instructor meeting, after I became a dive leader. Then I went out and bought a backup computer. Then I lost it.

    Is it necessary to advocate backup computers? I don't think so - unless you are doing some serious diving, my answer would be, after you lose your computer, stay out of the water for 24 hours, and return with a new (or rental) computer. The only place I've dived and not had the opportunity to rent a computer was Fiji and lakes in the U.S. - everyplace I've been in the Caribbean had computers for sale or rent.
     
  9. StreetDoctor

    StreetDoctor DIR Practitioner

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    And if you're a vacation diver on a 5 day trip you just ruined 1 out of 4 dive days.
     
  10. Brian Sharpe

    Brian Sharpe ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Sounds like something I'd do!:D
     

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