Recently, I was reminded of a conversation from a few years ago with a former supporter of mine. He referred to my Intro to Tech class as a GUE Fundamentals clone class. Back then, I didn’t know what to think of my class being called that. My first instinct was to take offense and defend the class I created. After all, I did put a lot of effort into creating a curriculum that I felt added value to my students diving careers. With hindsight always being 20/20, I look back and am quite content with my class being called a fundamentals “clone”. Lets explore my change in thought in some more detail. [Read more...]
I’ve gotten many emails from people asking about what kind of time frame to take the Advanced Open Water course. Many people feel that taking AOW immediately after OW is a good idea. For a few people, it may be a good idea. However, for the majority of the diving public, this practice should be avoided. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why people take AOW right after their OW course. [Read more...]
Just before Christmas of 2012, a bunch of us decided we couldn’t wait for the ice to form and took a short trip to France Park Quarry in Logansport, IN. Normally at this time of the year, our local quarries are closed. The folks at France Park were very nice to let us dive there while they were closed. So Andy and I drove a couple hours to Logansport to meet Jim, Donnie, Brian, Samer, Brandon and Wally for a final dive of 2012. [Read more...]
I can’t tell you how many people I talk to or see out diving that say they want to become a better diver, but then fail to reach their goal. Now the term better diver is a very subjective term, however it’s the spirit of the effort that matters. The primary reasons why people fail to meet their goal of improvement is that they simply fail to plan out their diving objectives.