One of the reasons I'm a PADI Instructor, and I stick by PADI, is because I believe that a solid system of education, with very little fluctuation between instructors is vital to creating a safe, solid scuba program. PADI achieves this with their standardized instructional outline which keeps instructors from deviating too far from the scope of the materials.
But I did it. I have added skills, not required or even TAUGHT by PADI to my Open Water Scuba Classes.
Relaxation Pose #1: After entering the water, prior to donning fins, divers are to lie back on their fully inflated BCD, releasing any tension in their neck, and allow themselves to float and relax on the surface of the water. Divers may use this skill anytime they have made a long surface hike to the waters edge, are a bit nervous before a dive or simply want a moment to relax and become one with the water. CAUTION: This skill should be used in moderation on days when the sun is high in the sky. Floating aimlessly about in the ocean with only your face exposed to the sky can lead to moderate to severe sunburn. (But...after you try it...you'll WISH you could float around the water for a day)
Ok, I think that the powers that be at PADI will forgive this one. And, if any of them are in the area and would like the FULL "GirlDiver, New Student, First Time in the Water Treatment", I'll be happy to give them both the Relaxation Pose #1...and Princess Treatment.
Watch out PADI Instructors, this may become a required skill if that happens. :)
Erika, who enjoys muscle powered sports like cycling and running, decides to take up scuba diving. Wanting one on one coaching, she opts for a private class and gets an amazing underwater experience to go along. Um...she's addicted now. Welcome to GirlDiver Erika!