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Footprints: What’s Your Path?

When it comes to diving, we all start out the same: Open Water SCUBA Diver. It’s here that we get our first taste of the under water world; it’s also where we start to differentiate. 

Some divers will never want to be anything more than basic bubble blowers, flying the globe in search of 60 foot dives with epic visibility, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Others may choose to take their education deeper, or even decide to get into leadership. The nice thing about working with International Training, the parent organization of SDI and TDI, amongst others, is that they offer a clear path to achieving your dive goals.

The SDI Path

The TDI Path

Let's be clear...

…we are recreational divers; whether sport (SDI) or technical (TDI), we fall well outside the scope of commercial and scientific divers, and as such are left to regulate and train ourselves. Having a clearly defined list of courses, complete with mental and physical objectives to rate performance and monitor progress, is a pretty nice way to self-regulate.

When I first started diving I had no clue that it would become my passion; no inkling that I would want to become a dive leader; and never in a million years thought I would want to get into decompression diving. Yet, almost seven years later, here I am, burying the needle on my depth gauge, and carrying 4-6 tanks every time I get into the water. And I love it!

I love the flexibility of not having to know exactly where you want to end up at the outset. It’s nice to be able to pick and choose the subjects you are all of a sudden interested in. Even better than that is the multi-modal learning. From eLearning courses delivered right to your online capable device to in-person, hands-on sessions with an instructor, and dropping right into skills development and practice with a seasoned professional, TDISDI has it all. I couldn’t be happier to be affiliated with such an amazing organization.

So that’s my story: what’s yours? Or is it still waiting to be written?

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Doc Strand

An eight year Marine Corps veteran, Dr. Strand discovered Chinese medicine as a last resort when recovering from a military related injury. He has since dedicated his life to the practice of medicine; a doctor to all - a healer to many. In recent years he has turned to SCUBA diving as a meditation aid in his quest for ultimate peace. The desire to share that gift led to the creation of Spartan Scuba. Doc’s experiences and travels abroad impact not only his writing style, but his passion for life, scuba, and medicine.

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