Last night we had a 12 year old in the pool for a try-dive. He is the grandson of one of our former members who had to cease diving for medical reasons and was really keen to follow in his grandfather's footsteps. To encourage him, his parents had bought him a try-dive with a PADI 5-star centre whilst on holiday in Crete. They had taken him down to 12m in the sea on a try-dive, hadn't explained how to clear his ears (if your ears hurt, he was told just stop and wait until it stops before going any deeper!) nor had they warned him about breath holding on ascending. The poor kid had been scared stiff and last night's session was all about trying to rebuild his confidence which will take a few more sessions.
Another new member has joined us a a qualified PADI AOW with a Deep Speciality from another overseas centre. He's done a grand total of 12 dives.
Some of these centres really do have very dubious standards.