Depends on how much a badge means to you.[b said:Quote[/b] (Gary Jeffries @ Jan. 28 2004,08:55)]Just about finished DM - pretty much only the kit exchange and skill circuit to do - but was just wondering whether to get this ticket too?
well that's pretty much all it is, a ticket.[b said:Quote[/b] (Gary Jeffries @ Jan. 28 2004,08:55)]just wondering whether to get this ticket too?
something's wrong there then, as you need 50 logged dives for the MSD qualification.[b said:Quote[/b] ]I had a diver turn up a dive centre I worked at who had learned to dive in Thailand and was an MSD with only 30 dives to her name including specialities in boat, multi-level and my own favourite reef diver.
This was several years ago and PADI standards may have changed since, I no longer pay the PADI $$ so am not up on the current standards.[b said:Quote[/b] ]something's wrong there then, as you need 50 logged dives for the MSD qualification.
<font color='#0000FF'>it may be that you were taught nothing on your wreck course, if you did one, if you didnt i am not sure what you base this comment on, if the course is conducted properly you will have a good base knowledge for wreck diving, i know my students spend a very busy two days and are always very happy with the skills they learn.[b said:Quote[/b] (Digger @ Jan. 28 2004,10:27)]A wreck diving specialty? What?
Spend your money on getting out on the boats with YD guys, or with some other experienced divers, who you will learn more from in an afternoon than a PADI course reading out of a book. You've only got to have done 12 drysuit dives to teach a drysuit course, for pete's sake!
I find the RD card serves very well for this purpose, in fact it is rare these days for me to own up to any cert level I have bar the TDI ones.[b said:Quote[/b] ]By contrast, I've also spoken to a number of DMs and Instructors who also carry the MSD card so they're not bothered by people when they're pleasure diving.
<font color='#0000FF'>As a working instructor, both here and abroad, I can assure you that no certifications impress me.[b said:Quote[/b] (andyp @ Jan. 28 2004,22:50)]The MSD course has validity, but it does not impress anybody.
Just an opinion.
Geoff,[b said:Quote[/b] (Geoff Milne @ Jan. 29 2004,17:09)]Bit disconcerted by some of the previous comments suggesting DM and Inst would wish to 'hide' their qualifications so as not to be bothered by other divers. Are we not a friendly bunch, with a common interest? I would hope that if I approached someone more qualified or experienced than me, they would be more than happy to help.