My original statistics addressed only population-total risk per hour. A professional dive master accumulates many personal hours, but they create through their training a multiple of dive hours for the people they train. If they take a class of 10 new divers every day, for every hour they dive safely, 10 net hours of less safe diving occurs. Additionally, all of these people go on to dive and I doubt a majority of them become professional divers. I would be beyond shocked to learn that the number of Dive Masters in PADI is greater than the cumulative lesser ranks. I don't know any diving instructors who have had DCS, but they all have plenty of stories of idiots doing dumb things and, in some cases, having to give DAN a call. The risk-per-hour is, by my educated guess, probably very heavily skewed by newer divers and those with insufficient training.
Last edited by fatalelement; August 12th, 2014 at 21:56.
1979 Omega Speedmaster Professional, Boschett Harpoon 1000M, Deep Blue Depthmeter Professional, Seiko SKX007, Seiko SKA427, Seiko SNN241, Deep Blue ProTac 1000M, Armida A7 Brass, Orient Curator, Orient Star Seeker GMT, Steinhart Ocean Vintage GMT, Deep Blue Alpha Marine 500, 1972 Omega De Ville Automatic
I only have a couple of decent shots. The Sub-C was at Point of Rocks here. The PO was ... well, like it says.
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When I got certified I made sure I was actually able to perform the tasks I was supposed to, and when my wife got hers, I repeated various trainings with her, till the time she was extremely comfortable with everything.
A lazy instructor is inexcusable and I believe the open water certification process is really lacking, but in the end it's your life, if PADI doesn't care about it you should.
Too many people approach diving I a way too bold way.
I see people that can barely control their buoyancy do stuff I would never dare to do, and it always leaves me flabbergasted how little people care about their personal safety.
As they say, there are many old divers and many bold divers, but very few old bold divers.
Accidents are unavoidable (ie this weekend in Italy three divers were killed, probably because of contaminated air in the tanks, something I would not know how to control since I always rent the tanks from the different dive operations), but the risk can be greatly minimized by diving safe and well within your certification and (especially) experience limits.
Last edited by Seppia; August 13th, 2014 at 00:17.
Ivan, as much as I envy your watch collection, what I truly envy is the amount of time you seem to spend diving.
Your worst day stuck on the surface wishing you could get underwater is better than your best day stuck underwater wishing you could get on the surface.
This thread is awesome!
Diving and snorkeling in the Bahamas, 2013: