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I'm one of those rare animals that received certification from the YMCA Scuba program so it came as a shock to learn that as of December 31, 2008 the YMCA will no longer teach scuba. This has had an astonishing impact on the scuba community especially on the folks that teach out of the Y.

Since the Parent chapter will even endorse a scuba program Y's across the country are dropping out of the scuba business as well.

What are you experiencing in your part of the country with the demise of the YScuba Program? Is it affecting you at all?

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Are you sure about the YMCA diccontinuing their program on a National level? I'll have to research that information.
With the Young Mens Christian Association being the first and oldest agency to establish a nationally recognized SCUBA certification program in the USA, I find it hard to believe that they just dropped their program at the end of 2008.
I, too have scuba certifications with the "Y" The YMCA was the first to have a comprehensive basic dive course which included segments of Physics, Physiology, watermanship, equipment, environmental hazzards, and basic rescue. The YMCA was the first agency to utilize the textbook, "New Science of Skin & Scuba Diving." At one time, I had heard that the "Y" was in discussions about merging with another certification organization, but nothing seem to materialize with that. I believe your instructor, Nathan is a YMCA Scuba Instructor out of Atlanta.
-Ric Powell
Hey Ric,

You're right about Nathan and he confirmed that news about the Y at my club's January meeting. After the 31st the Y will only replace lost certification cards but they are out of the SCUBA business. In fact they are not even endorsing a scuba program which is affecting local clubs because they'll have to bear the legal liability in the event something happens so many of them are in limbo or opting out of teaching scuba as well. This thing is one big mess right now. Look into it I'd like to be wrong on this.

What is Nathan going to do with his program at the "Y" facility, and Moorehouse University?
Aside from the SCUBA program formerly at Hampton U., Moorehouse is the only accredited
Scuba Course at a HBCU. Does Nathan have duel certification with another certification Agency?
-Ric Powell
Actually Nathan has certifications with both PADI and I want to say SSI so the class over at Morehouse isn't really affected but he was also teaching in at Y's in both Alpharetta and in South West Atlanta and both those classes are on hold until there's some kind of resolution at least by the local clubs as to what they want to do. Like I said one big mess.

Robert Weaver


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