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This post comes from a recent discussion about whether new divers should meekly sit at the feet of their "elders" and listen quietly rather than eagerly jumping into discussions with their own viewpoints.
Originally Posted by Quero
I love newbies. As an instructor and as a veteran member of ScubaBoard, the world's largest online community of scuba divers, I strive to be a good mentor to these new divers.
In my former career I used to give mentorship development workshops around the world, and one
When there is little or no current, small fish like anthias and damselfish swim in random directions a good ways above their coral head.
When the current gets to about .5 kn, and up to 1 kn, the anthias all face in one direction (into the current). Divers swimming against this current will have to work a little. Newer divers tend to think currents like this are strong and may use up their air more quickly, but
The following was the summation in a long post from the thread "Newbies are Worthless." I wanted a way to save this wisdom, so here it is, reposted to my blog file!
Originally Posted by Sleepdr
In my mind, there is nothing about the title of expert that conveys a right to be unkind. There will almost always be someone who has less experience, and almost always someone who has more. Bad experts bully, haze, and intimidate newbies. On at least an unconscious level, they may be unsure in their knowledge and/or afraid