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1968 YMCA & SCIP INSTRUCTOR SEMINAR

Sun Sep 09, 2018 7:51 pm

I just ran across information on the Instructor course that would kick-start my years in the diving industry. Check out the course directors and the course price, and you'll see why my diving buddy and I just couldn't pass this up!
Instructor Seminar 1968_0001.jpg
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Fresh out of college and nearly broke, we managed to scrape up enough $ for the $30 fee, a copy of New Science of Skin & Scuba Diving, Al Tillman's Underwater Education, gas and lodging... and we were off, not realizing at the time all that this would eventually lead to.

Gary Spinks is gone now, but he and I shared lots of memorable diving adventures over a span of many years.

Gary & Bill.pk.67.jpg
Well, sorry that I couldn't find a photo of us together with our double hose regs. We were into the single hoses by 1967.
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Re: 1968 YMCA & SCIP INSTRUCTOR SEMINAR

Sun Sep 09, 2018 8:01 pm

Wow, just babies!  I particularly noticed in the syllabus they also had a wives program (because,  of course, they just assumed no woman would apply to be an instructor). :shock:
"The diver who collects specimens of underwater life has fun and becomes a keen underwater observer. .. seek slow-moving or attached organisms such as corals, starfish, or shelled creatures." (Golden Guide to Scuba Diving, 1968) :D

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Re: 1968 YMCA & SCIP INSTRUCTOR SEMINAR

Sun Sep 09, 2018 8:19 pm

ScubaLawyer wrote:
Sun Sep 09, 2018 8:01 pm
Wow, just babies!  I particularly noticed in the syllabus they also had a wives program (because,  of course, they just assumed no woman would apply to be an instructor). :shock:
Yes, I thought that was a significant sign of the times that would likely invoke some feminine ire within a few years. As a matter of fact though I don't recall any female instructor candidates being at that program.
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Re: 1968 YMCA & SCIP INSTRUCTOR SEMINAR

Tue Sep 11, 2018 6:07 pm

That's a cool photo. Where are you diving in that one?

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Re: 1968 YMCA & SCIP INSTRUCTOR SEMINAR

Tue Sep 11, 2018 7:36 pm

h2operations wrote:
Tue Sep 11, 2018 6:07 pm
That's a cool photo. Where are you diving in that one?
Thanks. It was taken at Possum Kingdom Lake, which is about 80 miles west of Fort Worth. Beautiful winding lake on the Brazos River, it was really popular with divers from 1950's until recent times. A surge of building homes, golf courses, etc. may have contributed to the falling visibility from fertilizers, and it certainly lost some of it's wilderness beauty appeal. I don't know of any good public shore access suitable for diving anymore, so diving is pretty much limited to those with boats or homes on the water. This was the home of iconic "Scuba Point" dive shop, owned by diving pioneers, Tom and Mary Davis, and family from 50's until about 2010. Great shore access right behind the shop.
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Re: 1968 YMCA & SCIP INSTRUCTOR SEMINAR

Tue Sep 11, 2018 9:35 pm

I just saw that Yellow tank and harness on letgo for sale in NY yesterday. That's what caught my eye with your photo. Thank you for sharing!

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Re: 1968 YMCA & SCIP INSTRUCTOR SEMINAR

Tue Sep 11, 2018 9:53 pm

Unfortunately I don't still have those originals, but have acquired identical Healthways Scuba Star reg, yellow tank and USD Dolphin pac in my collection.
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