You’ve already heard about Day 1 at the 2013 DEMA Show in Orlando Florida, so let’s dive in to Day 2!
PADI Revises the Open Water Diver Course
PADI is the largest certification agency on the planet, so I like to see what’s changing so we can see how one section of the dive industry sees the future of diving. I’m also a semi-retired PADI instructor, so I don’t get weird looks when I walk in to these seminars.
The last few years, PADI has taken some heat for being too easy on divers. One of the biggest complaints recently has been that divers learn, practice, and verify skills while kneeling on the bottom of a pool, lake, river, or ocean. As experienced divers, we know you can’t simply drop to the bottom every time you want to clear the water from your mask, so a few other agencies have started requiring mid-water skills practice. PADI has followed suit, while adding additional skills such as deploying an SMB. These changes should make for more skilled divers, something we can all appreciate.
Here’s a gallery of some of the fun new stuff coming out.
After The Show
The plan after the show was to attend the annual Dive Photo Guide / Wetpixel party. It’s a great way to meet others in the industry and best of all, it was in the hotel so I didn’t have to walk any more after a long day on my feet. Unfortunately, 45 minutes after it was supposed to start there was no signs of a party.
Luckily our friends at ScubaNation came to the rescue and invited me to their party! I’m in Oregon typically, these guys are in Florida, so I’d never actually met them. While I watched my Oregon Ducks lose to Stanford, they were incredibly supportive and insanely entertaining. It’s no wonder their show keeps growing, Billy, Mitch, and the rest of the ScubaNation crew (including some ScubaRadio mermaids) are incredibly fun people that keep the sport of diving enjoyable.
Thanks for the great time ScubaNation!