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Deaths the Result of Too Many Students for One Instructor

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Bret Gilliam has written eloquently in these pages that in any training class with only one instructor, the students are at risk if left alone while the instructors leaves to help another student or take that student to the surface. He argues that two instructors should always be present. And here are two cases supporting his view.

A young woman, Patricia Flores-Perez (22), went missing and was later found dead during a scuba class at West Seattle's Seacrest Park on August 28. She was one of three divers under instruction when the water got murky and the instructor decided they should surface. Only when the other students and the instructor reached the surface was Perez missed....

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