FAQ & FYIIF you are satisfied with what you have gained, so far, from Diving's "STATUS QUO", then continue down that path.
IF you want to know about alternatives, READING WILL BE REQUIRED and you may not like.... WHAT WE OFFER!.
Divers do not stop sculling because they have acquired "good buoyancy skills".
They learn or teach themselves "GREAT BUOYANCY SKILLS" because they have stopped sculling.
"WHY ARE YOU SO COMBATIVE?"Don't you think that your "pull no punches & take no prisoners" approach scares people away?
Perhaps it does discourage more than a few people who want to learn on their terms or by those methods that treat them with "kid gloves", an expression that probably dates this author more than it explains the folly of the current state of buoyancy training. We went to the trouble of gaining a real ability with fundamental dive skills, before we opted to participate in more ambitious goals and we did not succeed by taking a Buoyancy Control "CERTIFICATION CLASS".
We don't believe that you can achieve mastery of exceptional fundamental dive skills by following the path of the "status quo". We base that on the divers and instructors that we have seen underwater and the buoyancy skills that they fail to command. We are serious about sharing what we know and seeing the results realized underwater. If our attitude scares away divers and instructors who have no desire to really learn....that may be the best result for all parties concerned.
This Workshop is not about the psychology and philosophy of "Monkey See....Monkey Do". We know a good diver when we see one and we also know when we don't see one. We want to , not only, change the way you look underwater, we want to change the way you think about diving.W
you offer your workshops anywhere else but Cozumel?
Not at this time. We have decided to use our successful group trips to that location as a model for our workshops. We have vendors (colleagues) who have supported our efforts, for many years and the result has been unique. Our dive travelers have actually made giant strides in improving their basic skills. We offer a limited menu of dive fundamentals. We are not retailers. We sell only skills and even then we place the emphasis on only those few areas where we believe we can offer a unique perspective. We think that the context of a Cozumel Group Trip works best for that purpose.
Frog Kick & Buoyancy Skills
One of our favorites!
The old La Choza was the choice of many veteran Cozumel Divers. It was destroyed by fire early in 2008. The food is just as good at the new modern replacement, located just steps away from the original.
don't you include food and
beverages like other trips do?
Most Local Dive Shops book their trips through travel brokers who package the airfare, hotel, diving and meals and offer the LDS a commission. These packages usually mean an all inclusive resort where the food is presented in a buffet format and the diving follows the itinerary set by the host facility. We believe that Cozumel, with its' many fine eateries is not a place to go all inclusive. We know of some good restaurants and you will be free to make choices that fit your tastes and your budget. When asked; we tell people to consider that their spending will be on a par with what they might spend on similar dining at home (in the United States) or perhaps even 10% less.
We package our workshops through personal relationships that we have cultivated, over many years, with the same vendors. We prefer to retain control and maintain quality.
come you don't award
certification cards....aren't you real instructors?
We are both instructors for a mainstream agency but we think that you wouldn't believe our message or that we have good buoyancy skills if we mention their name. This is sad but true! If you seek buoyancy training with a local dive center you will get a certification card but it will be awarded after you listen to your dive leader read from a standard agency authored outline and after you see little or nothing worth imitating underwater. The practical portion will consist of a pool experience or a couple of open water dives. Unless you are very lucky, the dive leader will probably look nothing like the diver that you want to be.
At the other end of the spectrum is the tech biased fundamentals training. If you see your future as a $2000 dry suit, a $3000 DPV (scooter), double tanks, redundant regulators and rigid guidelines then this may be your path.
BuoyancyQuest exists in that great void between these two other choices. The buoyancy skills that we mentor are cave diver skills. The Frog Kick is a cave diver kick. We just don't dress it up like a cave diver! We offer cave diver quality skills to all certified divers.
We invite you to judge us by how we look underwater not by some endless list of credits on paper. Please watch our videos! We assume that you would like to look something like we do after water is added.
FYI .... most of the tech entities do not offer C-Cards for buoyancy either.
( Cozumel's C-53 Wreck Dive )
& Wings?.... Isn't that Technical Diving?
John is a cave diver. He has adapted the BP&W methods of cave diving to single tank recreational diving. He and Maureen have adopted and employed this equipment configuration in one form or another since 1995. BuoyancyQuest is not DIR! The term DIR was not in use in 1995! You do not need to dive BP&W to participate in a BuoyancyQuest Workshop. If you have an interest in learning about it or converting to that style of diving, we will be pleased to assist you. Once again, the focus here is skills rather than gear. Diving without danglies is a skill! BP&W is not the "only" way to address danglies. BuoyancyQuest is not selling C-Cards or building and selling equipment. Because John is a cave diver, he knows what buoyancy skills and what kind of kick you will need to pursue that training. If you have no plans to go cave diving ever....you will still be nothing less than a recreational diver with cave diver fundamental skills! Nothing less than a diver with exceptional fundamental skills, is a status that you can be proud of. Collecting a stack of c-cards and an inventory of expensive toys so that you can pretend and convince yourself that you are a capable diver only amounts to self betrayal.
( shouldn't be cave diving either! )
|Will I be able to do a Cenote
Dive on Cozumel?
Cozumel has cave diving but doesn't have much cavern zone within the cave systems that have been currently explored. BuoyancyQuest offers optional cenote tours after the completion of the workshops. We believe that this is the perfect time for open water divers to have this experience. Buoyancy control and a silt free kick are invaluable skills for cave diving. A cavern tour provides a sample of the conditions in which cave divers operate and an opportunity to exploit new skills. The best locations for these tours are on the mainland between Tulum and Puerto Aventuras. We offer a tour that includes a round trip on the ferry to Playa del Carmen, ground transportation to the cenotes, two single tank guided dives and lunch. This requires both an extra fee and an 8th night.
I'm thinking about becoming a DIR Diver will I be welcomed at this workshop?
Of course you will be welcomed. The question becomes one of value. If you have already had training with a DIR Instructor, the first things you learned about should have been a horizontal cave diver profile, buoyancy skills and alternative kicks such as frog kick. If the instructor was true to the craft, there would be less or little value in following that experience with our workshop.
If you mean that you have been reading about DIR and have made some equipment choices consistent with that doctrine but have not yet engaged an instructor who is doing it right affiliated, there would be more value in our workshop. BP&W, Jet Fins, and a long hose are all items that are consistent with but not mandatory for our workshop. Please no dry suits, doubles, scooters or stage bottles. Other than that; welcome to our workshop! Welcome to 13 dives devoted to learning frog kick and better buoyancy skills. We see no reason why learning cave diver worthy buoyancy and frog kick skills during a tropical dive vacation would prove to be a handicap to future tech, cave or DIR Training.
|Why can't I bring
my split fins to
This workshop is about the development of tech diver worthy skills. While we may not require or include any tech diver trappings, we do expect to achieve results that a tech diver would pay to have. Split fins are a poor choice if the goal is an admirable frog kick. That is our goal and a prohibition of , not only split fins, but hinged fins, force fins and any other specialty fins or fad footwear is warranted. It is important that you have traditional paddle fins and if you are not sure about a specific model, you should check with us first.
If we were a retail dive center we might be under pressure from our distributer to include such fins, as split fins, in our inventory. Or maybe we would have discovered that selling them to unsuspecting customers who come through the door in search of "state of the art gear" is advantageous to our profit margin. If that were the case, we would have to stand moot but we are not retailers and it is our honest opinion that these types of fins are unfit for your needs if you are attending our workshop.
There has been no shortage of debate of this subject on most of the cyber message boards and pros and cons can be explored on those forums. This is not a forum and we are not flexible about this matter.
"NO.... SPLIT FINS!"
PUNTA SUR 1999
|Who are you to
say we can't ever use
our hands? Do you know who we are?
We didn't invent this. It's probably in your open water text if you look hard enough. A few brave authors have touched on it, perhaps not with the tenacity that we have. As for who you are: If you are an instructor or even a course director who avoids mentioning no hands in the class room because you know you will get caught using them at the pool an hour later, we do mean you. If you are an award winning underwater photographer who has sold countless copies of a great white photo and have won numerous media awards and you always scull or hold on to stuff or kneel in the coral, we mean you too! You may be a good photographer and a clever self promoter but you are an awful example of a diver. If you are a famous wreck diver and you scull, we don't care how fancy that gear is or if you have your own TV show. We believe that with success comes responsibility. You need to set a good example and the fact that you fudged it, you took a short cut to fame without perfecting basic buoyancy, is the reason that others followed that example. Perhaps you see our opinion as sour grapes? Maybe you think it should be taboo to point a finger at an icon? Do you recall the story of The Emperor's New Clothes? Not recognizing sculling as a flaw in order to protect " someone special "...." someone important ".... is just like that.
Yes we put a spotlight on a lot of colleagues who don't appreciate it and yes it is long over due. The point is stop sculling! Really stop, as in never do it again and soon you will find that you are teaching yourself to do things with your breathing and your fins that are beyond your current imagination. Once you have done that you will never use your hands again. We will never see you scull again and we will know.........that you know.......what we know!
read about: SCULLING and the CYBER DIVER
Please watch our videos!"
Do you expect us to choose your unknown workshop over an agency program that is world wide?
That is exactly what we expect! BUT we recognize that a realistic market for our mentoring only exists among those divers who are already suspicious of the status quo. SO YES we do expect you to pick us! We expect that you will only be that "Special Few" who want something better; something more. Since we do not offer a certification card it will be difficult for those divers , not already on the fence, to compare what we propose to what is offered by the big recognized agencies. People who are in search of measurable status (C-cards) will have difficulty relating to our message. We must target that much smaller market; the divers who want to acquire noticeable and measurable buoyancy skills. We do indeed represent the unknown! We are an alternative to the midiocre buoyancy training offered by the big agencies, on the one hand and the spectacular, tech oriented, training offered by the fundamentalists, on the other. Both of those other schools promote more expensive equipment choices and usually have a connection to where those material items can be found. Our focus is on SKILLS; a less tangible element of diving.
We make a distinction between proficiency and gadgets.Divers who are not already in search of something better will settle for an agency authored program and they will settle for less. Those of you wanting more who are reading this should go back and look at our videos. These are edited but not scripted. We simply went diving with a colleague and harvested 61 minutes of only the BuoyancyQuest Staff diving. The entire staff! We made no attempt to demonstrate specifics other than to showcase above average buoyancy skills and a frog kick; a frog kick that is actually going somewhere. From the master we edited enough for several smaller videos. It was easy because just about all of the video was usable. If you compare these try to do it to the specific instructor that you are considering rather than to some stock video offered by the international agency. Not that these big agency videos have merit, in fact, thay are awful! They should be ashamed to offer such substandard images, considering their resources.
We think that OUR VIDEOS represent how we look underwater and that images out rank paper credintials. Our look differs from most of what else is out there, including stock footage from some big agencies. If you agree. IF you think that there is a gap between your skills and ours, perhaps you will choose us. IF you do we promise to help you close that gap!
BuoyancyQuest is a __ SCULL FREE ZONE
"LOOK .... NO HANDS!"
(has always been our motto)
"WE'RE ONLY SELLING SKILLS!"
FROG KICK & Buoyancy Control Skills!
SKILLS are more important than TOYS!
"YOUR SKILLS determine your status as a DIVER....
....not your CARD COLLECTION!"
& NOT YOUR COOL DIVE GEAR COLLECTION EITHER!
"IF you have nothing to learn ....
.... we can't help you!"
CONSIDER SOME BUOYANCY SKILLS IMPROVEMENT
"BEFORE" you spend big $$$$ on a photo or video clinic.
|"IF THE PROMISE WAS CERTIFICATION.........and you got a plastic card
you probably got what you paid for. Don't expect more than that from the .... STATUS QUO!"
BUYING C-CARDS IS NOT THE SAME THING AS PAYING FOR TRAINING.....
"MAKE SURE YOU UNDERSTAND THAT DIFFERENCE!"
WE BELIEVE THAT PAYING $$$$ FOR TRAINING IS THE BETTER BARGAIN!
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