My 1st post so here goes I am a 51 yo father of 17 and 22 year olds.I learned to scuba in 1983 ow & aow. I learned equit.repair and rescue in 1984.
I dove every weekend of 83,84,85 in local lakes unless I was in the field or deployed .My dive buddy and I were both in fort hood he got out in 1985.After which I dove solo most of the time with a pony backup.
After my aow I bought a dry suit and my instructor and I went diving one weekend .He gave me a few tips and said I was good to go. No card we didn't see a need for one. Just after my rescue class I found 2 sets of doubles in a pawn shop bought them and and went back to the same shop and we mounted them to my bc and had another diving weekend. Again no card no need. I have since lived and dove in Md/Tenn/Ga/Ind/Tx. I have dove 6 to 8 times a year every year since certr. But when I went into a local shop to see about my kids getting trained I found that the course is 2 weekends and you need a card for most anything. Is this the norm for ow training . My kids don't need to be combat divers. But at least they should be aware of basic skills. Is this enough time?? I do plan to plan to attend class with them. I'm sure I can use the refresher . Thoughts Anyone???