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Bret Gilliam's article, "Should Dive Certification Last Forever?" got some feedback from our readers. Here are a couple of comments, and a question for Bret, which he answers at the bottom.

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Bret Gilliam's article on the lifetime C-card is spot-on. Think of how many other industries require regular training, re-certification or refresher training on a regular basis: nurses, doctors, teachers, mechanics . . . the list goes on. And for good reason: skills degrade and procedures change. Diving is a series of physical skills (not just one or even a few), and those skills degrade without regular practice. Bret mentions the issue of logbooks. I've been certified to dive for over 25 years, but I had two big breaks from the sport. At no time has anyone checked my logbooks. Even when I was training to become a PADI instructor, nobody checked my logs, including the PADI folks....


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