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    Quote Originally Posted by in_cavediver View Post
    I wasn't aware PADI still teaches cave? I thought they dropped that in favor of only Cavern....

    As for instructors and standards - its up to the student to find the right match. I still think that you have a better shot of getting a good instructor if you get on who teaches in North Florida for one of the major Cave agencies. They can also teach PADI stuff - its just I think the instructor process for NACD and NSS-CDS is a good vetting process to ensure that the one of those instructors was competent - at least when they became an instructor. PADI lacks the peer review in their process. I believe for them its Full cave certified+$25+OWSI to teach it.
    They recently brought back cave. Some of the very well known IANTD/NSS/NACD instructors are teaching PADI now as well. I'm not real sure why instructors like to teach for every agency under the sun (maybe it's a financial thing?), but it seems most of them do it.
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    I have the option of getting IANTD and PADI when I do my cavern in Sep. I haven't decided yet whether or not I'll spring the extra $$'s for PADI.

    I once saved a man in Wichita just to watch him dive...(inventor)

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    Quote Originally Posted by navyhmc View Post
    I have the option of getting IANTD and PADI when I do my cavern in Sep. I haven't decided yet whether or not I'll spring the extra $$'s for PADI.
    I don't really see any benefit to getting 2 cavern cards. I'd go with IANTD just because some instructors won't accept the PADI cavern cards.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jj1987 View Post
    I don't really see any benefit to getting 2 cavern cards. I'd go with IANTD just because some instructors won't accept the PADI cavern cards.
    I was told I can get the PADI card for $20 more so I figured, why not-keep the APDI chain going as well I think it all depends on how I fell after I get done.

    I once saved a man in Wichita just to watch him dive...(inventor)

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    Quote Originally Posted by navyhmc View Post
    I was told I can get the PADI card for $20 more so I figured, why not-keep the APDI chain going as well I think it all depends on how I fell after I get done.
    I have a JR OW card and basic nitrox outside of full cave, so I can't comment on that aspect lol

    Might should upgrade that JR OW card one of these days...last time I was on a boat they let me know a dive master would be on the boat and I could buddy up with him if I felt uncomfortable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jj1987 View Post
    I have a JR OW card and basic nitrox outside of full cave, so I can't comment on that aspect lol

    Might should upgrade that JR OW card one of these days...last time I was on a boat they let me know a dive master would be on the boat and I could buddy up with him if I felt uncomfortable.

    I once saved a man in Wichita just to watch him dive...(inventor)

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    Quote Originally Posted by navyhmc View Post
    I have the option of getting IANTD and PADI when I do my cavern in Sep. I haven't decided yet whether or not I'll spring the extra $$'s for PADI.
    Good luck in your cavern class navy! Come look me up after and we'll make some dives!

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    This is what I fund on bonne terre mines out side of ST Louis.

    • Masks & Fins with straps taped
    • Regulator with submersible pressure gauge
    • Octopus second stage on 7' hose
    • BCD, Weights
    • Exposure Suit (wet or dry)
    • Dive Computer
    • Slate with pencil
    • Two (2) submersible lights
    • Knife, Line Cutter
    • Reel with 150' line


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    funny funny funyy. A guy who is working for us has his padi cert. Guess him and his mom did it when he was a kid and he is having trouble finding his card. I bet his is a jr card lol
    Quote Originally Posted by jj1987 View Post
    I have a JR OW card and basic nitrox outside of full cave, so I can't comment on that aspect lol

    Might should upgrade that JR OW card one of these days...last time I was on a boat they let me know a dive master would be on the boat and I could buddy up with him if I felt uncomfortable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigman241 View Post

    This is what I fund on bonne terre mines out side of ST Louis.

    • Masks & Fins with straps taped
    • Regulator with submersible pressure gauge
    • Octopus second stage on 7' hose
    • BCD, Weights
    • Exposure Suit (wet or dry)
    • Dive Computer
    • Slate with pencil
    • Two (2) submersible lights
    • Knife, Line Cutter
    • Reel with 150' line

    Bigman,

    I haven't dove Bonne Terre (yet), but others who have said it was like going trailriding on a horse. There will be multiple divemasters, at least one in front and one in the rear to take you on dive tours of the mine.

    You have to dive the trails in sequential order. So, trails 1-5 are easier than trails 6-10. I'm really surprised about this gear list. For the longest time, they didn't allow lights on your person. The reel is another anomoly.

    Do you have the URL for that list?
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