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month we look at the implications of removing skills when teaching PADI courses.
The consequences may be greater than you think!
look at a couple of incidents that highlight the importance of teaching the
performance requirements of each course in the proper sequence.
Emergency Weight Drop skill
the PADI Open Water Course students must demonstrate mastery of the emergency
weight drop skill (Page 56, PADI Instructor Manual). The standard requires:
“During any dive, in either confined or open water, at the surface in water
too deep in which to stand, with a deflated BCD, have student divers use the
weight system’s quick release, to pull clear and drop sufficient weight to become
During a PADI Open Water course an instructor failed
to teach a group of six students the PADI Emergency Weight Drop Skill. The
students were all certified as PADI Open Water Divers. Subsequently, the group
continued to dive together as certified divers. On one particular dive one of
the students BCD’s failed to inflate on the surface. Unable to stay afloat, he panicked
and started kicking and flailing his arms. Despite trying to orally inflate the
BCD he couldn’t get enough air into it and he was struggling to keep his head
afloat. As a result of using all this energy and inhaling some water he became
unconscious and subsequently drowned on the surface. During the investigation
it became apparent that he had not been taught the emergency weight belt drop skill
which could have potentially saved his life. The family of the victim sued the
instructor and won their claim for contributory negligence and damages. The
failure to teach this skill was found to be one of the causes of his death.
Swim/Snorkel and Swim/Float
For our second incident we concern ourselves with Watermanship
Skills from the PADI Open Water Course. Page 53 of the PADI Open Water Manual
describes the requirements for the waterskills assessment as below:
“Before Open Water Dive 2, have student
divers demonstrate that they can comfortably maintain themselves in water too
deep in which to stand by completing a 10-minute swim/float without using any
At some point
before certification, have students complete a 200 metre/yard continuous
surface swim or a 300 metre/yard swim with mask, fins and snorkel.”
this incident the instructor decided to allow his four Open Water student to complete
a modified 200m swim. He allowed his students to simply pull themselves around
a boat by a rope attached to the side of the boat and not actually swim at all.
He certified them as PADI Open Water Divers. Two of the students decided to
continue with their PADI Advanced Open Water Course at another dive centre.
This centre failed to undertake a pre-assessment of the students and started
the PADI Advanced Open Water with the Deep Dive. During the dive one of the
students got into difficulties in a current. He was swept away from the group.
After a search his body was found on the bottom and he was late pronounced
dead. The cause of his death was listed as ‘drowning’. His partner told authorities that neither she
nor he could swim and neither had ever met the watermanship performance
requirements during their Open Water course.
many factors contributed to his death, the PADI Open Water Instructor was found
to be negligent in their failure to assess watermanship during the PADI Open
These examples shows us how important it is to teach
all of the skills in each PADI programme. Each skill is in the course for a
reason. What may appear to be a minor infringement to some people can have
serious consequences later. From a moral perspective we have a responsibility
to teach people the skills in each course so that they may be able to conduct
dives of that type in a similar environment in a comfortable manner. This is
not just about us and our needs. It is about holding a position of
responsibility to ensure that each diver you certify is capable of undertaking
the dive level and type that you have certified them for.
When an instructor takes it upon themselves to
decide what skills will and won’t be completed in a course they expose
themselves to liability. Remember the question to ask yourself is “would reasonably prudent dive instructor conduct
the programme or course in the same way?” If the answer is no then your
ability to defend a legal claim may be remote. Your ability to provide a
reasonable answer to family and friends asking how this could have happened is
Sometimes people make decisions like this due to poor
weather, time constraints or pressure from customers to get finished before
mastering the skills. There is no justification for modifying courses or
failing to teach the required standards. Breaches of this nature are considered
very serious and can lead to punitive action being taken against the instructor
and/or the store.
As PADI members we strive collectively to maintain
our high standards thus protecting ourselves, the diving public and the PADI
brand. If the PADI brand is damaged so is our ability to attract customers and
grow our careers. Protecting the standards is in everyone’s best interests.
If you have any concerns about incidents or standards email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By now you’ve heard that PADI® has partnered with GoPro to present the three-part Evolution video contest series, which will run through 2019. It’s now down to just two parts, since the CAPTURE contest ended 30 May (with more than 1,200 entries). If you missed your chance to enter the CAPTURE contest, there’s still an opportunity for you or your divers to win great prizes.
The second contest, EDIT, opens 1 July and closes 15 August, and tests video-editing skills by asking you to artfully piece together a series of clips provided by GoPro. (The final contest, CAPTURE/EDIT, runs 16 September through 31 October and requires putting everything together – capturing and editing – into one awesome story.) While the focus is on editing GoPro’s underwater clips, the EDIT contest is still a great opportunity to grow your business:
Sell the Digital Underwater Photographer specialty. The Digital Underwater Photographer specialty course doesn’t just teach how to shoot great stills and video; it teaches divers how to tell a story. This includes shooting and editing. Whether it’s Adobe Premiere Pro, Windows Movie Maker, Final Cut Pro or even GoPro’s free-to-download Quik software, there are dozens of great video editing programs your students can learn. Quik makes video editing seamless with panning and time-lapse effects, and the ability to sync music to clips with just a few clicks. Sell your divers the complete storytelling experience with a Digital Underwater Photography course, then…
Sell more GoPro cameras (and accessories). Even though GoPro provides the clips to edit a story together and GoPro’s Quik software is free to download, meaning there’s no purchase necessary to enter the EDIT contest, what you’re really selling is the experience and the chance to enter the third contest, CAPTURE/EDIT. That means selling divers a GoPro camera along with the Digital Underwater Photography course, and putting it all together.