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Regulating Scuba Diving

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Once a diver is certified, he is certified for life. For those who have been out of the water awhile, some operators may require a refresher session. But, for the most part, a certified diver is free to dive anywhere at any time. Such loose requirement have, on occasion, led to the call for government oversight of training, but that never got very far, and the self-policing training agencies continue to resist any re-certification efforts.

But not so in Quebec, Canada, where the French-speaking province has scuba diving regulations in force that make it unique to North America. They require scuba divers to hold a certificate attesting to their proficiency. Not only must instructors have a duly recognized certificate from a major training agency, they must include specific topics in their classes and be accredited by government-approved examiners....

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