David, considering some of the stories about accidents these days, and at least when Americans are involved, the resulting lawsuits, would you want to take out the random Jo Diver who was looking for a casual cash-money boat ride on an unlicensed boat in some resort destination
I ask, seriously, because I have always had questions about training and safety
, and year after year I don't see either improving although I confess I stopped looking at stats and don't survey
There's one agency at least locally joked about as the "certificate of the month club", which gets a lot of folks certified. And wants them to do separate additional classes
for their compass
, or speargun, or flashlight, or non-standard tank color. OK, maybe I'm exagerating about tank color but when I heard one of their instructors talking about the "loober line" on a compass
instead of the lubber line, I didn't know whether to crack up laughing or barf in a bag.
And another agency now finally offering (online) certifications in solo diving. A hot-button topic, but DAN and the USCG long ago noted that divers die in pairs, the buddy system seems to accomplish dual kills as often as it accomplishes saves.
Couple of years ago some woman drowned off Hawaii
in a basic shallow dive. Last I heard, apparently her BC (probably rental) didn't inflate, she panicked (panic training/screening was last practiced by NASDS while the rest of the industry rejected it) and forgot how to ditch her weight, drowned in shallow water
and of course her estate sued everyone in sight. So picking folks up without having the framework of legal
business and insurance
carries a real risk with SCUBA
SCUBA off the radar
? There's possibly more profit and less risk if you run a floating whorehouse and casino. Just a thought.