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Cam, if you'd seen some of the nonsense suits in the SCUBA industry lately (ongoing for years, not just recent) and the "Oh, our insurance requires us to" BS given out at so many dive shops...it ain't pretty.
Brownie's may have a nice boilerplate in their warranty or sale papers, or be avoiding liability the same way that SCUBA manufacturers do when uncertified divers get hold of tanks and gear. If they are supplying enough air pressure to breath ten feet under--they are supplying enough to blow out a lung. Liability is a different issue from having the sense to check something out before using it.
"I have my Padi certification" What, only one?! No offense meant, but doesn't that mean you are certified for fresh water lakes and pools with gentle sloping entries, only in the daytime and months without an "R" or something?
Surely you got multiple certifications, at least to the "Open Water" level?