I was going to rant about the lack of real VMC to IMC training for a PPL, but I thought I would start with spins, since they are so closely related, and you want to know the way out before you get in over your head. I'm old enough to have learned to fly when spins and spin recovery was required for a PPL. Not only were spins part of my check ride, but the guy from the FAA (I don't think DPEs existed back then), actually told me how many turns in a fully developed spin had to occur before I was allowed to recover. In each direction. I'm convinced that spin training was removed from the curriculum so Cessna, Piper, Mooney, etc, etc could sell substandard spam cans. Just my opinion. What's not opinion is how many stall/spin fatalities occur every year. Again, my opinion, many of these could be avoided or the damage mitigated, if the pilot actually had spin training. Spin recognition, spin avoidance and all the other euphemisms foisted on us by industry and the FAA are not the same thing as getting out of the spin when it happens. That comes from training and practice. Here endeth the lesson. Totally off topic: I'm meeting up with a guy tomorrow who has been flying J3 cubs since he was 14 years old. He is now 85(?). We are supposed to take a couple of Cubs and go get some breakfast. Life is good!