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Teaching Philosophy

My Scuba Teaching Philosophy can be summed up as:

You will dive as you are taught.

I will teach you to dive as you want to dive with:

Good Buoyancy Control -- you will be stable in the water; and

Good "Trim" -- you will be as efficient as possible in the water -- horizontal with minimal movement.

I will work together with my students to ensure they are prepared to be a safe diver and a good dive buddy.

As a practical matter, you will learn your basic diving skills in as much of a horizontal position as possible.  Thus an Open Water Scuba Class will take some time and I will take the time.  The goal is not to rush through the "skills" as quickly as possible and get you certified, but, to take the time necessary to make sure you understand and can do the important basic skills.

I will also do my best to prepare you to be a Puget Sound Diver -- that is, one of the people who are able to handle some of the most challenging diving conditions in the world!

Puget Sound Diving is among the most challenging because:

A. It is cold water diving.   Puget Sound temperatures vary from 46 to 55 degrees F year around so you will wear a lot of insulation and that requires a lot of weight to wear.  With the weight that is necessary, it is just harder to move in, and out of, the water!  Learn to dive in Puget Sound and you can dive anywhere.

B.  It is low visibility diving.  "Good Visibility" in Puget Sound tends to be somewhere between 10 and 20 feet -- unlike Maui's 100+ feet!  The reason visibility is limited is mostly because there is so much life in our waters and that means there are fish and critters galore!  Because of the low visibility, you need to "go slow" and look around at what you can see -- and you'll be amazed at how much there is to see.  And by "going slow" you'll also learn to master the skills of good buoyancy control -- which makes diving even more fun.

C.  It is often silty.  As Puget Sound is an inland sea, the runoff from all the rivers means many of the dive sites have a fine silt bottom -- silt that will billow up and make the already limited visibility much more limited.  As a consequence, it is necessary for a good Puget Sound Diver to learn "non-silting kicks" such as are taught in Cavern and Cave Classes.  As a Cave Diver, I am well versed in these techniques and will help you become acquainted with them.