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Percentage of divers who go beyond openwater?

Discussion in 'SDI/TDI/ERDI' started by Jayfarmlaw, Sep 1, 2018.

  1. Jayfarmlaw

    Jayfarmlaw Divemaster

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    a question came up in a tangent to a post last week. What percentage of divers go beyond open water to AOW, Rescue, Nitrox, Divemaster etc?

    Thanks,
    Jay
     
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  2. Bob DBF

    Bob DBF Solo Diver

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
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    Keep your eyes open and you can get an idea by the divers going through your shop for training. Anything else you see is just someone else's guess as no one in the industry shares much, and spins what they do.


    Bob
     
  3. drbill

    drbill The Lorax for the Kelp Forest Scuba Legend

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
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    My original cert was from L.A. County and allowed me to dive like someone with an AOW cert from other agencies. I didn't see any need to get an AOW cert until I started traveling internationally and young PADI instructors had no clue what the LAC cert was. That was 30 years after my initial cert (and nearly 40 years after I started diving).
     
  4. giffenk

    giffenk Great White

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: toronto
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    Based upon my narrow world...none.
     
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  5. MaxBottomtime

    MaxBottomtime Divemaster

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    I had a few hundred dives before an instructor offered to take me through DM for cost if I helped with his classes. I probably would have just stuck with my OW card if not for that.
     
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  6. Sam Miller III

    Sam Miller III Scuba Legend Scuba Legend

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    Location: CALIFORNIA: Where recreational diving began!
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    @drbill
    My original cert was from L.A. County and allowed me to dive like someone with an AOW cert from other agencies. I didn't see any need to get an AOW cert until I started traveling internationally and young PADI instructors had no clue what the LAC cert was. That was 30 years after my initiangl cert (and nearly 40 years after I started diving.
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    LA Co UW program creates divers not people who just dive

    You should have observed enough divers at your park to know by now there is a big difference

    SDM
     
  7. scubadada

    scubadada Diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Philadelphia and Boynton Beach
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    Do any of the training organizations release or publish this kind of information? If we knew #OW, AOW, Rescue, DM certs for a year or longer period, we would have a rough idea, as each successive cert requires the prior one. I'd also be interested in knowing this.
     
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  8. caydiver

    caydiver Manta Ray

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    We always did courses on dive holidays which was all of them. Private diving, free gear and honing our skills all while making lifelong friends getting to test new gear to boot.
     
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  9. Sam Miller III

    Sam Miller III Scuba Legend Scuba Legend

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: CALIFORNIA: Where recreational diving began!
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    @scubadada
    Do any of the training organizations release or publish this kind of information? If we knew #OW, AOW, Rescue, DM certs for a year or longer period, we would have a rough idea, as each successive cert requires the prior one. I'd also be interested in knowing this.
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    I would sincerely doubt it !

    One needs only to go to any area on this board and go back two years -- there might be a few name's that are recognizable - go back 5 years few if any are recognizable -- to the very beginning of the board there will be no name that is recognizable.

    Recreational diving is a transitional sport/activity-- enjoy it and immerse in it - until the equipment begins wear or the wife wants a new home.
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    When Skin Diver Magazine was being published by the late Jim Auxier ad Chuck Blakeslee, they decided to do a 25 year survey on the diving public based on their readers and subscribers.

    Every five years for a period of 25 years they had a professional survey company contact a survey of readers and subscribers. I have all the surveys tucked away in my file.

    The last survey was some years ago - but it indicated that the average length a diver to remained active in the sport was 2.9 years ! Granted some like @drbill @Akimbo @David Wilson, @boulderjohn and a few others have so much money and time invested that they are the exception and will be around forever--

    So please keep in mind it is a transitional sport

    SDM
     
  10. scubadada

    scubadada Diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Philadelphia and Boynton Beach
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    Hi @Sam Miller III

    I've been diving since 1970, guess I'm one of the exceptions too :)

    Very best, Craig
     

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