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How answer "what is your highest certification level"?

Discussion in 'Advanced Scuba' started by Bert van den Berg, Feb 21, 2021.

  1. DavidFL

    DavidFL Wide-eyed nube in the Pub ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Orlando, FL
    Nope, nope, nope, no. In the early1970's there was one YMCA course, one certification, they were pretty clear about it, as evidenced by the back of the card! No shortcuts either! As far as I can remember, the next level up was Instructor. By 1980 when I got my most recent YMCA Instructor certification there were a couple of other courses you could teach if you became a 'Gold Star' Instructor. In all honesty the two refresher instructor clinics I did to maintain the Y instructor credential (one in California, with open water work in Monterey Bay; one in Texas, with open water work in.....some lake) were very professional and intense.
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  2. JimBlay

    JimBlay Divin' Papaw ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: South Florida
    Height, weight, eye color, hair color ... is it a certification card or an arrest warrant?! :rofl3: My how times have changed.
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  3. scubadada

    scubadada Diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Philadelphia and Boynton Beach
    Looks like you want PADI Scuba Diver, so that you can dive to 40 feet with a PADI dive professional :)

    My LA County course in 1970 was called Basic Skin & Scuba Diving. The next level of training was the well known LA County Advanced Diver Program. My course was similar to the curriculum posted by @DavidFL for the YMCA. It was a minimum 30 hours, we got in more as we were loaned my high school pool by the athletic director, who was also in the course. We had 5 OW dives, 3 beach dives in LA and a 2 tank trip to Catalina
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  4. EFX

    EFX ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: North Central Florida
    It was an arrest warrant for carrying a dangerous unlicensed weapon. Do you recall how big and long the dive knives were back then? And of course, who can forget the wonderful instructions from Sea Hunt on how to use them! :D
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  5. greeniguana

    greeniguana ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    I still have my 1980s BFKs. It should be noted that I was 12-13 when I was diving with these!

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  6. TMHeimer

    TMHeimer Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Dartmouth,NS,Canada(Eastern Passage-Atlantic)
    My brother had one of those he used last few years to dig up clams. He lost it on a dive.
  7. Scared Silly

    Scared Silly Regular of the Pub

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: on the path to perdition
    Does this count???

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  8. kelemvor

    kelemvor Big Fleshy Monster ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Largo, FL USA
    Physical contact with "the help?" Ew.

  9. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Great Lakes
  10. Bert van den Berg

    Bert van den Berg Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: New Zealand
    I seriously have to laugh at the variety of responses to this simple question. You are an amazing group of diversified people!

    After reading every single response to date I have decided to answer either AOW or SOLO. Either answer would likely allow me to do the dive I want without the potential negative possibilities so many of you have highlighted.

    Thank you all.

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