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A Wacky Instructorís Course Leads to Bent Diverís $15,000 Settlement

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Here's a reason why dive shops need to vet their instructors before sending them out to take novice divers underwater. After making her first dives during a Red Sea vacation, a British woman signed up for a PADI dive course in her native England. Everything went fine until the third and final openwater dive at Stoney Cove, near Leicester. The instructor had forgotten to bring the woman's gear, so on the first day, she had to make do with gear that was cobbled together using borrowed items from a "spare box." She was given a 5-mm wetsuit, fine for the Red Sea but well below the thickness needed for a spring-fed fresh water quarry in the U.K. where the water is frequently only a few degrees above freezing).. Nonetheless, she was expected to complete three dives on the first day. Dives one and two were to a depth of 20 feet, and dive three dropped to 42 feet, contravening PADI policy of the deepest dive first....

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