Unfortantly, I have to agree. I started diving in the 70's before the gear of today. You had to know what you were doing or else the odds were you would experience problems. Training was sure a lot different and I doubt half the students that get a C card today, would not if some of the old training was used. I had not dived for almost 30 years and my wife wanted to get certified, so I took the course with her to update myself with the new gear and refresh on skills. I couldn't believe what was taught as basic in the 70's was completely gone. While I agree the more training the better, but so much is done online and very lttile practice and very few instructors do more then teach the class without any advice on other areas that would be helpful and maybe make them a better diver. My concern is that new divers get certifications, believe now are qualified to do dives they not even attempt. I sum it up this way, we spent a week on Grand Cayman and was around 50 dives under her belt and she simply stated, I finally feel comfortable and capable diver. I smiled and said, yes I know. So our next trip was a live aboard, she was ready!