I've gathered the courage to go through a LOT of old boxes lately. I am amazed at the "stuff" I have been carting around for years! Some of the items however were treasures and brought back fond memories. Case in point, the picture above is my first PADI Instructor license, front and back. Note the date. Wow! LOL.
The picture below is one of the instructors and another student (and me of course - the one in the middle, grin). We were finishing up a training module on Catalina Island. I attended the PADI college in California and the courses were grueling, but wonderful. There were about a dozen of us. Since we stayed at the same hotel and were diving together, or in class together 10 hours a day for several months, we got to know one another really well. We came from all over - me from Texas and one from Ireland! It is a shame I can't even remember their names now. Perhaps I will run across that list in another box! LOL.
By the way, back then, the California PADI headquarters was in a small strip center and the students stayed in a nearby hotel. Staff carted us back and forth between Laguna Beach for dive check-outs, the HQ for classroom instruction, and the local pool for timed mastery skills. It was not the fancy shmancy set up they have now in Rancho Santa Margarita. I'm glad I got to experience it the old-fashioned way.