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Which specialties are worth the money?

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by Rhone Man, Oct 9, 2008.

Which specialties are worth the money (multiple selections allowed)?

  1. Enriched Air / Nitrox

    98 vote(s)
    89.9%
  2. Wreck

    49 vote(s)
    45.0%
  3. Deep

    52 vote(s)
    47.7%
  4. Cavern

    34 vote(s)
    31.2%
  5. Ice

    23 vote(s)
    21.1%
  6. U/W Photographer

    12 vote(s)
    11.0%
  7. U/W Navigator

    36 vote(s)
    33.0%
  8. DPV

    6 vote(s)
    5.5%
  9. Night

    37 vote(s)
    33.9%
  10. Equipment specialist

    29 vote(s)
    26.6%
  11. Shark diver (SSI only)

    3 vote(s)
    2.8%
  12. Solo diver (SDI only)

    22 vote(s)
    20.2%
  1. Rhone Man

    Rhone Man Divemaster

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Cayman Islands
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    Quick poll, just for fun, which specialty course are actually worth the money (in your opinion). Multiple selections allowed.

    Not counting Rescue Diver/Stress & Rescue as a speciality course for these purposes.

    The following dropped off because I didn't have room:
    - Peak performance bouyancy / advanced bouyancy
    - Multilevel / computer diver
    - Waves, tides & currents (SSI only)
    - Boat diver

    Yes, we know it is all about the instructor, etc., etc., it is only a bit of fun - not an SAT test.
     
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2008
  2. Blackwood

    Blackwood DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Redondo Beach (SoCal, not Washington)
    5,537
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    83
    Some are regional. Wreck won't help someone who isn't near wrecks. Same can be said for Cavern and Ice. That said, there is value in the mindset that should go along with overhead courses.

    Other than that, most of those hardly require coursework (nitrox, solo, and -depending on how it's taught - deep not withstanding), and thus I don't see the courses as being worth paying for, at least at their basic levels. Some instructors offer fairly extensive courses that go beyond what I'd call "specialties" though the share the same names, and they may be well worth it.
     
  3. OldNSalty

    OldNSalty Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Just this side of paradise.
    2,326
    805
    113
    What is DPV? and what exactly is an equipment specialist? Also, I assume you mean which ones we think are worth it even if we don't actually have interest in doing the particular activity? i.e. I don't live in a place where ice diving is an option but if I did, yea, I would probably take a course.
     
  4. Blackwood

    Blackwood DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Redondo Beach (SoCal, not Washington)
    5,537
    315
    83
    ^^ Diver Propulsion Vehicle, aka 'scooter'

    I think an equipment specialist is someone who is taught a little bit about the workings of various pieces of equipment, but not to the level that they would be considered technicians. I don't get it.
     
  5. Tomeck

    Tomeck Divemaster

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Switzerland
    1,447
    82
    48
    I think nitrox is only an very useful course.

    I know very well ice, deep, wreck and deep, but I don't have these certifications.
     
  6. Rhone Man

    Rhone Man Divemaster

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Cayman Islands
    7,088
    4,014
    113
    Bugger - I should have included "Drysuit" in there.

    That's the trouble with diving in the Caribbean all the time - you forget these things (although Blackwood's point on "location" is well taken in this case!).
     
  7. Randy43068

    Randy43068 Orca

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location:
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    I didn't see: "None of the above" listed. :D
     
  8. JeffG

    JeffG Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Edmonton, Alberta
    10,028
    75
    48
    Wreck
    Ice
    U/W Photographer
    U/W Navigator
    DPV
    Night
    Equipment specialist
    Shark diver (SSI only)
    Solo diver (SDI only)


    Done all of the above without any certification.

    Now some of them (Wreck and Ice in particular) I did have a mentor, I just do not have a piece of plastic to show for it.
     
  9. OldNSalty

    OldNSalty Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Just this side of paradise.
    2,326
    805
    113
    Thanks Blackwood-and so now I know they are not useful :)

    I said Nitrox but only because it is required to show the card in some places in order to get the gas. I suspect that any of them could be self taught really but Tomeck made a practical point of the 'regional factor'-to him diving in ice is probably nothing, to me, the only time I see ice in my water is when I am at a bar so I might be willing to pay for the knowledge before jumping in.
     
  10. JeffG

    JeffG Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Edmonton, Alberta
    10,028
    75
    48
    Ice diving (IMO) is the most dangerous "recreational" scuba diving out there.

    Anyone who would just "jump in" is an idiot.
     

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