15 Ways to Tell if You’re with the Wrong Training Agency

15 Ways

Over dinner the other night, a dive store owner related something frustrating that the store’s diver training organization did. Apparently the agency in question still believes it’s the 1980s, and that the typical scuba class meets two evenings a week for three weeks. It seems nobody told them that most dive store scuba classes take place over a Friday evening and a Saturday and Sunday, followed by a weekend of open-water training. The same class in a resort setting typically takes three full days.

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The NASE VirtualCCard

Virtual CardOne feature of NASE’s cloud-based, eLearning system that sets NASE apart from other agencies is our VirtualCCard. Some of the benefits include:

  • NASE instructors can issue a VirtualCCard as soon as a student completes training,
  • No one can lose their c-card; it’s always and instantly available,
  • NASE VirtualCCards are environmentally friendly.

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Houston, We Have a Problem…

Over the past two months, we’ve had the opportunity to observe entry-level scuba classes in California, Ohio, North Carolina, Barbados and our home base in north-central Florida. In this time, we’ve seen dozens of classes and hundreds of students.
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What’s Wrong With the Five-Point Descent?

No 5Someone recently characterized traditional diver training as 50 years of tradition, unimpeded by progress. That’s pretty much on the money. Dive instructors, as a group, often resist change, as it’s simply easier to keep doing things the same way they always have. Training agencies are even worse, as modernizing their training materials can mean having to reprint all those expensive textbooks.

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Using Facebook to Grow Your Dive Business

FacebookAre you jealous of the great website that the dive shop across town has developed? Do you wish you had the cash to develop a great web presence? Are you looking for quick and efficient methods of attracting new customers, keeping in touch with current customers and reaching out to former customers?  Using Facebook to grow your dive business or any business is gaining traction. You can accomplish everything suggested in the questions above plus more and it won’t cost you nearly as much as the designer website mentioned above.  In fact, it’s free except for an investment of a little bit of your time.

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NASE’s Concept of Competency: Perform Any and All Skills Repeatedly

RepetitionOne of the four components of NASE’s Concept of Competency is that student divers should be able to perform any and all skills repeatedly.  Repeatedly in this context means that the student diver should develop to a point where any skill can be performed with no time required for a mental recovery before they are ready to repeat that particular skill again.  Student divers, by repeating skills over and over, master the skill and, along they way meet the other requirements of the Concept of Competency, performing a skill on demand, without undue stress and without significant error.

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Which Second Stage?

2nd StageWhich second stage should you pass in an out-of-air emergency? This is a question divers have posed since the invention of the alternate air source in the late 1960s. And, while NASE does not have a requirement concerning how you teach this skill, we do have a recommendation.

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When Sharing Air is a Matter of Convenience

Gas ShareC’mon! Since when is air sharing not a matter of life and death? Well, consider the following:

Divers A and B are making a shallow reef dive from a boat. Their plan is to follow the reef line until the first diver reaches 2,000 psi, then turn the dive and return the way they came. Several minutes into the dive, Diver A notices he has 2,400 psi remaining. He asks Diver B how he is doing on air. Diver B discovers, much to his horror, that he only has 1,300 psi left — less than he theoretically needs to get back to the boat.

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