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    Dive tart, and 'tog Pete Bullen's Avatar
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    WTF do Padi think they are doing FFS!

    Within PADI it's always been possible for individual instructors to write speciality courses that are perhaps only relevant in a small area and that makes loads of sense in some cases, unique situations sometimes require specialist skills so I can see the logic but occasionally it gets out of hand, a few years agoI remember reading about an instructor who was offering a speciality in the "eco kick" fin stroke e.g. frog kick! Which to my mind was just taking the p**s but this latest one is far more disturbing since the powers that be in PADI HQ have seen fit to endorse it.

    Georgia Aquarium in the good old US of A is offering a PADI Aquarium Whale Shark or Manta speciality certification where you can dive in the aquarium with a whale shark or manta. These are not animals used for research, they weren’t rescued and too badly injured to be returned to the wild they are just exploiting these poor animals and encouraging this kind of wild capture trade. Here is the link to the Aquarium https://www.georgiaaquarium.org/expe...ertifications/
    and here is a link to the change petition https://www.change.org/p/julie-taylo...8FeiiD2etBLVeE

    And I'd ask, if you know any PADI course directors why not let them know that you think!
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    They have been running something similar in Dubai for years


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    Project Aware, of how much money we can make?

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    I saw that the other day.

    Absolutely stupid move IMHO!!!
    Rememeber anything you read on the internet was probably written by some guy sitting at home in his underpants! Including this !!

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    Same ... frog kick speciality

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Bullen View Post
    Within PADI it's always been possible for individual instructors to write speciality courses that are perhaps only relevant in a small area and that makes loads of sense in some cases, unique situations sometimes require specialist skills so I can see the logic but occasionally it gets out of hand, a few years agoI remember reading about an instructor who was offering a speciality in the "eco kick" fin stroke e.g. frog kick! Which to my mind was just taking the p**s but this latest one is far more disturbing since the powers that be in PADI HQ have seen fit to endorse it.

    Georgia Aquarium in the good old US of A is offering a PADI Aquarium Whale Shark or Manta speciality certification where you can dive in the aquarium with a whale shark or manta. These are not animals used for research, they weren’t rescued and too badly injured to be returned to the wild they are just exploiting these poor animals and encouraging this kind of wild capture trade. Here is the link to the Aquarium https://www.georgiaaquarium.org/expe...ertifications/
    and here is a link to the change petition https://www.change.org/p/julie-taylo...8FeiiD2etBLVeE

    And I'd ask, if you know any PADI course directors why not let them know that you think!
    I don't think these courses are unique to that location? Still seems pretty poor they'd sanction it though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Bullen View Post
    These are not animals used for research, they weren’t rescued and too badly injured to be returned to the wild they are just exploiting these poor animals and encouraging this kind of wild capture trade
    seems they came from a fishing quota and would have ended up on the dinner plate if not here ?

    Different perspectives -

    http://www.southernfriedscience.com/...-whale-sharks/

    https://southernfriedscientist.wordp...-in-captivity/

    I don't much care for the whole thing, but there may be another side to it

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    The thing I struggle with most is the hypocrisy of promoting of Project Aware whilst courses with physical materials are cheaper than the e-leaning courses that have a far lower environmental impact. Also, the amount of branded crap such as rucksacks that is part of professional crew packs. Not the only agency to give an economic "nudge" to damaging behaviour, but given their hegemony they could have a huge impact for a small change.
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