Did you read the article at all Mark?Sorry to say I think its all a bit silly
With GUE loosing. a significant number of its active deep tec divers to CCR they either have to get with the program or be seriously marginalized. Theres good value in a niche market concept but not when the image is of urber tec diving and the actual urber tec types have left to go play with some other organization.
In 2003-4 the very mention of CCR would get "you're all going to die" and "not in my back yard" comments from DIR / GUE types. Now a few short years later with GI3 " all CCR should be sold with a shovel" pensioned off, its much more open minded with GUE instructors apparently encouraged to try out some of the new CCR.
I think JJs on the fence and doesn't know if the best decision is to stay niche with OC or to give up and face the scorn of the diving world and admit active trimix divers need CCR.
I firmly believe he will fall or be pushed in the direction of CCR quite soon say within 5 years.
However if he does drop the requirement for Tec2 level diving before PSCR this may delay things a bit longer until he get the feed back that PSCR doesn't really work for OW wreck diving.
Even then id guess 10 years tops before GUE have a CCR class.
It must be difficult for JJ to see the truth when his gas costs are irrelevant and he has minions running around with all his set up tanks. It took me a long time to see the benefit of CCR all the time i was getting cheep garage fills but as soon as that stopped and i was faced with 120miles of driving for a fill and double the cost? i soon woke up to the CCR concept.
I dare you to close with: "Follow that, Jablonski"I'm looking forward to his presentation at the Global Diving Conference in about 10 days time where he is leading a panel discussion on the future of Scuba Diving - immediately after my presentation on Human Factors and Incidents
More like rebadging someone else's. Obviously with proprietary improvementsWe'll look really stupid if we keep saying CCR is bad, so get with the changed priorities guys, we need a new position on CCR by 2012. And we'd better start thinking about building one pronto.