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YMCA certification

Discussion in 'New Divers and Those Considering Diving' started by fisherdvm, Feb 23, 2008.

  1. Al Mialkovsky

    Al Mialkovsky Instructor, Scuba

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    I'm in the process of doing a crossover to Y for instructor rating. I can't see anything about the basic course I don't like. At least the way this instructor teaches it.

    Oh and Walter you know how many agencies do deco procedures don't you :)
     
  2. Walter

    Walter Instructor, Scuba

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    No, but I have guess.
     
  3. mwa1007

    mwa1007 Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Mooresville, NC
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    How well accepted is the Y c-card in the Caribean?

    Mike
     
  4. schu1842

    schu1842 Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Springfield, Ohio
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    My YMCA OW and AOW cards have always been accepted in Grand Cayman, Cozumel and St. Thomas. I carry a CMAS card as a back up. I was at Ginnie Springs last year and was told they rarely see a Y card but they were obviously familiar with the cert, I've got a great Y instructor. I'm starting my SLAM Rescue course this spring an am confident the training is at least on par with any other agency. I may have to switch to PADI to go on to divemaster due to the limitations of our local Y program but I'd sure like to see Y Scuba grow.
     
  5. mwa1007

    mwa1007 Angel Fish

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    Location: Mooresville, NC
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    Interesting you mention Ginnie Springs as me and my sons are going over Easter weekend for the first time. What's it like?

    Mike
     
  6. ucfdiver

    ucfdiver DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Orlando, FL
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    Beautiful.

    Disclaimer!
    I'm just stating this, not endorsing it or condoning it.

    Ginnie's grand balroom is a cavern dive that they allow open water divers to go into. It's one of the nicest caverns around that area. Feel free to IM or PM me for any information you want about the area, food, lodging, etc....I grew up in high springs.
     
  7. Jim Lapenta

    Jim Lapenta Dive Shop

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Canonsburg, Pa
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    Springfield Ohio is not that far from me. Pa currently has 10 YMCA instructors listed on it's web site. In May there will be at least two or three more. Myself, one possibly two more from our shop, and there are some others coming for theirs when we do ours in Pittsburgh. Not sure where they are from.

    While a small program it's a good one. I'm doing the crossover from PADI to YMCA AI and then instructor in May. Why? Because of the higher standards, philosophy, and skills required. You need to be able to swim before you can start training. 200 yds and a 10 minute tread. 300 and 15 to complete the program. Swimming not snorkeling. We normally do 6-7 pool sessions. No mask swim while sharing air, ditch and don-all gear off, up to surface then dive and put everything back on-mask, fins,bc,weights etc., scuba bailout, skin diving skills like dropping mask and snorkel then retrieve and clear it underwater- have snorkle breathable upon surfacing. also does PADI require bringing a unconscious diver from depth? No. YMCA does. We also have a little exercise where we all switch scuba units underwater with each other. Don't think anybody else does this at OW level. As was already stated instructor has alot of latitude as to what can be added to the course as long as standards are met. My IT has even required students who may be a little shaky in his opinion to complete more ow dives before issuing the card.

    It is the oldest national certification agency in the US. LA county was the first but local formal agency. Y was second and the first national. Also it's a non-profit driven agency. That's why the ow student manual can be found on amazon for 15 bucks. My instructor materials were 92.50 including shipping. All of them. That's 20 bucks lees than my PADI Instructor manual alone even at the level three pricing that I got it at. No flash- all substance. ANd the emphasis is on the student and safety. Not the dollar.
     
  8. fisherdvm

    fisherdvm Solo Diver

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    Here's the website for this class. Basic

    It is 5 pool sessions, 5 lecture sessions, 10 days over 5 weeks. Then 2 days of OW diving on May 17-18, for 5 ow dives.
     
  9. Walter

    Walter Instructor, Scuba

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    Very well accepted. I've dived all over the world and have never shown anything other than a Y card.
     

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