Florida Association of Diving Instructors

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The Florida Association of Diving Instructors. October 2012 – Present Association of Florida Scuba Instructors and divers. A non-profit, democratic union of Florida Scuba Educators. Mission Florida has world class diving all year around. In addition to the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and the Caribbean like Florida Keys, we have over three thousand dive-able springs, caves, rivers and lakes. Florida a the primary diving destination in the United States. Several International Diving Associations are housed in Florida. Most are for profit corporations composed of retailers (scuba shops). Scuba Education (scuba classes) is a loss leader to sell retail products (scuba gear). No Statewide Florida Diving Association existed until now. Most diving instructors are not voting members of the scuba corporations, at best they are franchisees. Most scuba corporations are for profit corporations owned by their directors not the members. Having membership in a scuba corporation is like having membership privileges at American Express Cards … (little or none). We think that scuba education is primary and the scuba instructors should run the industry in Florida. Florida needs a statewide scuba association, the Florida Association of Diving Instructors. Description The Association of Florida Scuba Instructors and divers. A non-profit, democratic union of Florida Scuba Educators. Membership is composed of scuba Divemasters and Instructors. Voting members must be an insured instructor, or divemaster. There are other non-voting memberships available. The association will be a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit, engaged in legislative, charitable and conservation issues.

Started 2 petitions

Petitioning Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission & NOAA, NAUI, SDI, SSI & PADI

Continue the prohibition of shark feeding in state waters Fla. Admin. Reg. 68B-5.005. Stop Baiting-Feeding of Sharks: increase fines, protect federal waters and punish offenders.

Although feeding fish has been banned in Florida waters since 2002, some tour operators are trying to skirt the regulations, resulting in charges being brought against four men accused of illegally feeding sharks and other fish within Florida’s territorial waters.   An investigation by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) was launched after they received several complaints of shark feeding going on during dive trips, with one diver saying that the sharks were becoming so aggressive she felt she had to exit the water. Deputies from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office were able to catch video footage of feeding on two separate dive boats, leading to the charges of the men operating the boats and participating in the actual feeding.   Each of the four men has been charged with operating a vessel for hire within state waters to allow passengers to observe feeding, while only the men actively feeding were charged with fish feeding. Both are second-degree misdemeanors, punishable by fines of up to $500 and up to 60 days in jail.   Please continue to enforce laws against Shark Baiting, increase fines, protection in federal waters and punish offenders. The offense: http://bit.ly/1hDQj6d  

Florida Association of Diving Instructors
856 supporters
Victory
Petitioning The U.S. Senate

PADI. Replace Cheryl Gilmore or have her examined.

Cheryl Gilmore is either very disturbed or a cynical, hateful person. Ms. Gilmore has made very poor decisions in her work for the last 6 months. It boils down to this. My customers are my customers and I am PADI's customer. Sometimes folks that work in the PADI bureaucracy forget their place in the pecking order Cheryl Gilmore clearly shows bias, prejudice and obvious tampering with the facts. Ms. Gilmore should be examined and required to seek treatment. Please sign this. Thanks, Capt. John Russell See http://www.thecitywire.com/node/22787   http://swtimes.com/sections/news/fort-smith-animal-board-boss-resigns.html  

Florida Association of Diving Instructors
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