• Many Cheap Things Can't Be Good

    Why You Should Avoid Discounted Classes

    I should start off with an apology. This will be more of a rant than anything too useful. But since no one else is paying my web hosting fees, I’m free to do what I want on my blog. I was talking with a prospective student this week about a couple courses he was interested…
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    The Elite Scuba Instructor and Other Quackery, Part 1

    This is, after all, the internet and there is a slew of information out there. Some of it good and some of it not so good. When you are looking around for scuba related stuff, how do you know what is good information and how much is fluff? Much of the time, you don’t. In this multi-part series, I want to take a look at programs that exist in the scuba diving industry and help shed some light on them so you, the perspective customer, can make an informed decision. [Read more...]

    Should You Consider Taking a Fundamentals Clone Class?

    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...]

    Why Rush Into It? Taking AOW Right After OW

    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...]

    Scuba Diving France Park Quarry

    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...]