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Divemaster or Dive Guide?

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So often these terms are confused, and even Undercurrent reporters commonly call dive guides "divemasters." Last month we reported in Flotsam & Jetsam the case of 13-year-old Taryn Felde, who helps her father, a Florida PADI dive instructor. A report in the Navarre Press said she was a divemaster, and we asked if, like us, you thought she was too young to be doing that job?

Jim Rogers summed up your reactions when he wrote, "There is no way I would ever put my safety and my dive buddy's safety in the hands of a 13-year-old. The parents are asking for a lawsuit, and they are jeopardizing the child's childhood by allowing her to act in such a capacity. I don't like putting my life in the hands of a 19-year-old divemaster either, but that is just me. Most have zero life experiences and no clue how to handle a real emergent situation."...

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