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NAUI BLACKWATER 1 Diver, does this course still exist?

Discussion in 'Advanced Scuba Discussions' started by lowviz, Jul 9, 2018.

  1. lowviz

    lowviz Solo Diver ScubaBoard Supporter

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    With everything going on in Thailand, it made me think back to a course that REALLY increased my comfort in poor (zero) visibility.

    Is this course still being offered? I never hear anyone talking about it.

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  2. kensuf

    kensuf Cave Instructor

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    The course is not in my most recent copy of the NAUI S&P. NAUI does allow instructors to write their own specialties and apply for the ability to teach them, it's possible that the course is being offered by some instructors.

    FWIW, two or three years ago NAUI was discussing creating a series of courses for emergency response / public safety dive and science diving teams. Blackwater diving was definitely one of the courses being discussed. As I let my NAUI membership expire in December, I have no update on where they are with this.
     
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  3. northernone

    northernone Instructor, Scuba Staff Member

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    I had been exploring an instructor crossover last year, and had asked specifically about blackwater training, this lead me to being introduce to the "write your own" specialty courses conversation.

    Was told the Public safety diver program is still in the works. I've not followed up this year. Did sound promising given those involved.

    Great to hear your interest! Some of my most peaceful dives have been blackwater, I encourage people to get comfortable diving without sight.

    ... In full disclosure, some of my worst dives too have been in 0 voz, but for other reasons.

    Cameron
     
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  4. Compressor

    Compressor ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    This is a specialty course as shown on the card. It means that the instructor applied to NAUI to teach it.
     
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  5. lowviz

    lowviz Solo Diver ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Thank you all! Most informative.

    @northernone, some of my best dives have been at night in the back bays hanging there kicking against the gentle incoming tide. Visibility is usually poor but watching the 'night shift' makes it well worthwhile...
     
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