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padi self reliant diver

Discussion in 'Solo Divers' started by pratt, Apr 2, 2014.

  1. maniago

    maniago PADI Pro

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    Frank, where the heck did you dig up that photo of me? Did my ex send it to you? Damn it. Though looking at it now, I was one hot dude back then! :)

    ---------- Post added April 9th, 2014 at 06:59 PM ----------

    Ah Viz you needn't pay my freight. I'd be there, but.....no kidding, I'm babysitting "patrons" in the Aquarium that day. Its my first DM tank-ride - no training wheels.
     
  2. Wookie

    Wookie Secret Field Agent ScubaBoard Business Sponsor

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    That actually is a photo of me.... I wasn't always that good looking, though.

    Captain Frank.jpg
     
  3. maniago

    maniago PADI Pro

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    Oh? Hmmm. Well, say hi to our mom for me when you see her ok?
     
    Last edited: Apr 9, 2014
  4. uncfnp

    uncfnp Solo Diver

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    I've seen threads take some real odd twists and turns but this has to set some kinda record! :D
     
  5. lowviz

    lowviz Solo Diver ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Hey! It is past 50 posts which is the *usual* marker for anything even remotely related to the OP.

    So if you use "PADI", "self-reliant", "solo", or "Frank" in your post, you can play too. :D
     
  6. uncfnp

    uncfnp Solo Diver

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    So one day a self reliant Frank solos into a Padi bar and shouts for a reheaded...
     
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  7. lowviz

    lowviz Solo Diver ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Bonaire! You forgot Bonaire, sweetheart!

    ---------- Post added April 9th, 2014 at 11:13 PM ----------

    OK, I'm seeing 1 member and four guests. Hey, Marg! Is that you?
     
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  8. DaleC

    DaleC Solo Diver

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    Ah... skiing is free if you either cross country or telemark. But imagine an industry that gradually persuades everbody those forms of skiing are not desirable. Now you have to pay for everything.
     
  9. danvolker

    danvolker Dive Shop

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    Which is why 75% of the SB membership has never tried freediving, or worse, does not even know what a freediver looks like in real life....and probably more don't really know how to even snorkel with a real j snorkel , mask and fins without a BC.
    The industry won't push what it can't make much money from, even though the PUSHING of snorkling and freediving would clearly create better scuba divers( from the base freediving would give them).
     
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  10. doctormike

    doctormike ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I think that you have hit on a good definition of "industry"...

    It would be contrary to the best interests of any business to promote something that didn't positively affect the financial situation of that business, right? If you are running a company and do that, the board of directors will fire you unless you can prove that something producing a short term loss will result in long term profits. Making people better divers doesn't necessarily sell more gear or travel or training (although I guess I can see that it might in some cases).

    Don't get me wrong - I totally agree with your premise! But that underscores the difference in the mission of divers (alone or in groups) and the mission of the dive industry. Local dive clubs, for example, have more of a vested interest in promoting better diving without the need to make a profit.

    Each has it's role, though. Without the dive industry, we wouldn't have developed the gear that we currently use today. I'm not sure we would even have scuba diving at all if it wasn't for the fact that people figured out a way to make money by designing, building and selling regulators, right?
     
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