Paladin4Christ wrote:A DiveCon can teach a limited number of specialties, with Boat Diving and Navigation being pretty much the only "fun" courses. The rest are things like underwater photography and fish identification however, I just do not see someone coming into a dive shop and forking out $100+ to learn how to take underwater photos or to identify a fish....especially with all the experts in these fields willing to lend the experience!
That being said a DiveCon can practice all skills in the pool under indirect supervision, after it has been taught by an instructor. Basically I think the DiveCon is just a stepping stone to instructor with an OJT element prior to taking the instructor course.
Not too mention all the heavy work a DiveCon has to do. Our DiveCon's for OW were worked like crazy. I would offer to help carry tanks and gear but they would politely refuse the help.