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Why do Dive Centers and Professionals do it to themselves?

Discussion in 'Business of Diving Institute' started by Industry Outsider, Aug 22, 2019.

  1. HKGuns

    HKGuns Barracuda

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    Ha! #WhyIchosePADI :)
     
  2. divinh

    divinh Photographer

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    This was exactly the scenario I recalled when I wrote my response. I might have read Dr. Bill's or one of your posts about LA Co UIA being "unknown", while being one of the firsts.
     
  3. BackAfter30

    BackAfter30 Angel Fish

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    Yeah, my one online experience with PADI was a complete disaster. MUCH happier with SSI online. #WhyIchoseSSI. :)
     
  4. wetb4igetinthewater

    wetb4igetinthewater Instructor, Scuba

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    Like it or not, PADI's marketing is something that should be studied in B-schools. I've never worked in a startup, but with those that I know in my industry who have, the successful companies were excellent at marketing, regardless of the quality of the product. It comes down to the average customer just not knowing any better. How many people before they start diving come to this website and ask "hey, I'm thinking about getting into scuba diving. Any advice of what to look for?"

    I know I didn't. And SB exists LONG before I started diving.
     
  5. The Chairman

    The Chairman Chairman of the Board

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    You're missing the point. I don't give them or any other browser any credit. I take ownership of my privacy. I lock those cyber doors and keep all intruders out. I don't even trust those duck people. I trust me. Only me. I hope this helps.
     
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  6. The Chairman

    The Chairman Chairman of the Board

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
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    Firefox is my browser of choice, but I still have no script set on stun. It's the malicious scripts that get you. That, and if you have admin privileges, then any malware can bull right in, make itself at home, slow you down and give up all your secrets.
     
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  7. Landau

    Landau Divemaster

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    I actually think most of the PADI texts are quite good quality learning materials. They are not cheap to create - I'm talking creating the content here, not printing the manuals.

    For comparison I have a first aid manual in my hands produced by my provincial worksafe agency that has a page long list of editors with various high level degrees - and it is much worse than the PADI materials.
     
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  8. HKGuns

    HKGuns Barracuda

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    I agree, I generally found them well written, organized and thought out.
     
  9. HKGuns

    HKGuns Barracuda

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    How long ago was that? There were some glitches, mainly in selecting between IOS vs. computer based learning for me. Otherwise it worked just fine.
     
  10. wetb4igetinthewater

    wetb4igetinthewater Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Seattle
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    What do you think of Tor?
     

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