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PADI specialties: how to choose

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by Sbiriguda, Nov 15, 2020.

  1. BLACKCRUSADER

    BLACKCRUSADER Manta Ray

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    Well I didn't write it but it was GUE instructors smoking when out at bars and restaurants. Oh well :)
     
  2. ginti

    ginti DIR Practitioner

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    Just pass by Portofino divers (which is actually in Santa Margherita Ligure) the next time you go to Liguria, you'll get all the info you need and want - Bruno is a tech1 IT and knows a lot about GUE :wink:

    EDIT: fundies is very different from PADI specialities; if you are really looking for specialities, it may not be the right thing for you... so, first of all, you should really ask yourself what you expect to receive from further training

    EDIT2: if I am not wrong, there is a bit of GUE/UTD community close to milan; try to look for people diving in the lakes (Garda and Como)
     
  3. ginti

    ginti DIR Practitioner

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    The only way to get everything in control is to signal bad behaviour, but if people don't do it, the HQ cannot do anything. In Europe, instructors are quite strict about it, and indeed I never met a gue diver smoking tobacco. Once, I met one who quitted smoking tobacco to start smoking vapor just to get the card (it was allowed at the time she get the cert to smoke vapor, now I believe it is not, but I cannot say 100%).
     
  4. TMHeimer

    TMHeimer Divemaster

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    Can they take away an instructor's cert. and teaching cert./credentials if they are reported to be smokers? Or is it just for students seeking to get GUE certified?
     
  5. David Novo

    David Novo REEF Volunteer

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    GUE Instructors and divers need to renew their certifications regularly. Divers is every 3 years and instructors, I think, is yearly (may be wrong). If you are reported as a smoker, I doubt any of them would be renewed.
     
  6. BLACKCRUSADER

    BLACKCRUSADER Manta Ray

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    I thought this was a padi specialties thread lol

    It's good to introduce people to other agency standards though.
     
  7. Sbiriguda

    Sbiriguda Manta Ray

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    You are right, but I think it is actually interesting, especially after one has already taken all the PADI specialties compatible with their personal choices and interests. So after that, they could also take some courses of another agency with a completely different approach
     
  8. ginti

    ginti DIR Practitioner

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  9. BLACKCRUSADER

    BLACKCRUSADER Manta Ray

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    A very valid point. However if a person doing their first night dive is with a really competent night diver they will learn from those divers and from the dives themselves.

    There is also this option
    Strobes - Marking Lights
     
  10. ICatchBadGuys

    ICatchBadGuys Angel Fish

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    ....and BLM and Antifa riots.....
     

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