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Hello everyone,,
I just got certified as an Advanced Open Water

They way i payed for it was basically working for free for a diving center in exchange for the Advanced certification.

Now, as far as things in my country work, Dive Centers only hire -as in, actually hire, pay and make a deal with someone- Divemasters, anything below enters exclusively as an assistant and they simply won't pay you.

Is this the same in say Australia? I don't plan on becoming a Divemaster but i do plan on moving out to Australia and while i could easily just land a job as a waiter or a cook, i've done my good share of that and i'd happily work for a dive center in Australia as long as they pay me (Actual money).

Its a neat job and i'd love to have the experience of working in more professional and advanced country

Thanks for any insight!

Hello everyone,,
Im an inland diver myself never went offshore, you will only work half the year somtimes less, so i thought I'd be better off doing inland diving. Made 30k this year, school said i would make atleast 50k starting. But i gusse im the dumbass here falling for that with 30k in loans to pay back. Dont go to the CDA commercial diving academy in florida. I was also told they can place me on the west coast.....where im from, bunch of idiots.
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Hello Guys,.,,

What the article suggests is hyperventilating. That's a VERY bad idea.

See, what lets your body know you need to breathe is -oddly- not the lack of oxygen, but the excess of CO2. In other words, if you lower artificially your levels of CO2 (which is what the OP says in point 3), you're tricking your body into thinking it doesn't need to breathe, and you might lose your consciousness, without even realising you needed to breathe.

If this happens out of the water, chances are you'll wake up later wondering what happened.

If this happens underwater, and nobody's there to help you, you'll drown. When you're freediving, you'll have your lungs full, so your body's first reflex will be to exhale all the air in order to breathe. Underwater, empty lungs=negative buoyancy, so you'll start to sink, and the person watching over you has a very small window of opportunity to realise something's wrong, go get you, and bring you back to the surface.

If you want to learn how to hold your breath, it's very simple: take a freediving course, and practice a lot (and never, ever, alone, always with a freediver able to go to the same depths as you)


I'm a commercial diver

I've been freediving for many years

I've worked with several world champions

I've experienced a blackout myself (I had people next to me, so I was never in danger but I know first hand that you really will not see it coming)

Several -very experienced- people I've known over the years have had accidents, sometimes leading to death, while freediving.
Hello everyone,,
Over the years as a scuba professional I have found myself in disagreement with several decisions made by some of the big certification agencies. Standards, in some cases, are rewritten not for safety, but for economic reasons. Today, while checking some price sheets, I realized that out of a $400ish Open Water course price, close to half of that goes to the certification agency, between materials and certification. Instructor fees have increased quite a bit in the last couple of years too. All of that for a name. Insurance in the US is almost hitting $800 a year now. All these prices seem to be going up way faster than inflation and it's not easy to pass on the increase to the students, nor I find it fair.

Some new players come into the certification agency market here and there, but they do not seem to make much of a dent on the big ones as they do not bring much of an added value to the status quo. New instructors keep flocking to one of the 2 or 3 big agencies, because they know it's what people want.

I'd like to hear ideas as to what people think would be a game changer in this industry, bringing it to the 21st century in a more efficient way that would improve margins, so certifications can be priced more competitively, leaving a bit more money in the instructor's pockets, or even the students.

Selling a very lightly used Mares Abyss MR22 regulator set with Mares instinct octopus and mission 2 console. Used for less than 10 dives. Selling due to under use.  Link to add below. Letting go for $850 (brand new set costs about 1.3-1.4k) Negotiable to sincere buyers.
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