I'm going to wind this back a track or two, though not quite enough to talk about latex wrist seals.
Pete, a few pages back, you wrote this....
Pete wrote:I don't see why I can't just teach they way I do? Whether its BSAC, NAUI, PADI or any other agency - why is in inappropraite to concentrate on quality teaching and not focus on the profit?
So here is a question for you.
In the first pool session in a PADI OW course, there is a requirement for a student to meet this performance requirement:Swim underwater with scuba equipment while maintaining control of both direction and depth, properly equalizing the ears and mask to accommodate depth changes.
which I always find strange.... we're asking a student to maintain control of depth, which requires mastery of buoyancy principles and the ability to maintain neutral buoyancy.
Unfortunately, mastery of neutral buoyancy doesn't come until the third pool session, where a student must:Independently establish neutral buoyancy under water by pivoting on the fin tips, or, when appropriate, another point of contact (both oral and low-pressure inflation).NB: requirement taken from PADI 2009 IM, in 2010 PADI have removed the requirement to pivot on fin tips
So a PADI instructor is in a real bind here.... to get a student to master the skills in CW1, they have to teach neutral buoyancy out of sequence.... which is a breach of standards. Or, they turn a blind eye to the performance requirement in CW1 and allow a student to progress to where they are allowed to teach neutral buoyancy...... which is a breach of standards.
What do you do? You really can't win, either way you are breaching PADI standards.
This is why I think something like BSAC will suit your teaching style and aspirations - it does allow you to focus entirely on quality, and make it all about the diving... without compromising your principles.
I (being the ultimate PADI geek) can find you at least 100 contradictions in PADI standards where a quality instructor is required to break standards if they wish to adhere to their principles and teach to the PADI standard....
The Greeks likened such dilemmas to the horns of a bull (OK, I read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance when I was in my teens just like everyone else my age).... choose to protect yourself from the left horn, and be impaled by the right. Choose to protect yourself from the right....
There are many ways to break this dilemma, for example to throw sand in the eyes of the bull. PADI standards are commercially driven... the ratios, the depths, the ages... everything has a commercial reason. My suggestion on crossing over to BSAC was to throw sand in the eyes of the bull. It frees you from the commercial aspect and make it all about the diving. I don't know what your NAUI status is any more, but from what I know NAUI would also be a good sand-in-the-eye..... NAUI standards let you move skills around, add extra skills.... heck, NAUI standards allow you to add your oewn Open Water final exam questions and deny certification to someone if they don't get that question right.
Imagine that, a final OW exam question..... "What is the flight speed of a fully laden sparrow?".. "what kind of sparrow? African or European?"... FAILED!!!
Just my late night ramblings.....