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All divers shall be trained and current in CPR and diving-related first aid.

What does "current" mean? I looked up a dictionary, but none of the definitions in the dictionary seem to fit in this context. Does "current" mean "be able to perform"? Or does it mean that the skills of the divers should be "up-to-date"?

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It either means two things:

Current means they should be up-to-date with their CPR skills.

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Current means that they should have a valid CPR license. For example if your account is current with your mobile carrier it means that it's active and paid for. If you must be trained and current you must have gone through the training and gotten your CPR license certifying that you are prepared to save lives applying what you learned.

  • Then although the sentence doesn't mention anything about "license", the adjective "current" already implies that the person should have a valid license? – jay Mar 11 at 4:05
  • They don't make it clear in the text. I'm actually CPR licensed and to me it sounds that to be "current" means to have a valid license, because think about it. People who will apply for that position might already be trained for CPR, but their licenses might not be current, therefore current means having a valid license. – Kaique Mar 11 at 4:11
  • Each license has an expiration date you can only be licensed for so long. Do you get my point now? – Kaique Mar 11 at 4:12
  • Yes, I understood and got the point. – jay Mar 11 at 4:14
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The sentence is poorly written. We can assume that current is referencing a license (because it normally does), but we shouldn't have to.

A much better sentence would look something like this:

All divers shall be trained and licensed in current CPR and diving-related first aid techiniques.

(If a license isn't actually required, then and licensed can just be removed.)

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