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SSI/TDI v PADI Tec Training

Discussion in 'SDI/TDI/ERDI' started by mockney, Feb 28, 2016.

  1. DevonDiver

    DevonDiver N/A

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    Ditto... and what's more, I can back kick quite fin with no fins at all. That makes a joke of any claims that you cannot back kick in X, Y or Z type of fins.

    One drill I sometimes prescribe for students struggling with back kick (or other kicks and buoyancy issues) is to take the fins off. It increases 'sensitivity' and deters over exaggerated attempts - which is quite often the issue. On many occasions, the student has met some rapid success with no fins, but then struggled again (for a short while) once the fins went back on.

    To me - it shows that technique is everything....and learning the technique is 50% physical movement programming and 50% sensitivity to the dynamics of where you are applying forces correctly. If a diver is used to 'powering' with fins, then it is hard for them to become 'sensitive' and make the back kick work. Applying too much force is what causes the jerky 'butt rising' result...very common. Removing the fins removes that temptation or instinct, I believe. Students are normally a little shocked once they start moving backwards (slowly) with no fins.....
     
  2. In2theabyss

    In2theabyss ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I am glad I came across this thread, though 2 years old as I am looking at this exact same scenario. I intended on taking the TDI path. Lots of great information here and thanks to all that gave input....
     
  3. Dave Bevan

    Dave Bevan DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
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    I personally like the SSI courses. The materials are really good. You can download straight to your phone. They are very up to date as well.
    Remember once you start learning tech it really isn't about depth any more. You need to master the basics before you move on to each course. Aim to get 25 dives at each level before moving up. Absolutely no need to rush this.
     
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