Friday, October 24, 2014

5 Tips For Divers With Water In Their Nose

It hasn't been easy to find guest blog writers who fir into this blog and are not out for commercial interests. At last, the second person has been found and here's a good article by fellow blogger Nazem Youssef, who completed his IDCS course back in October 2007, which was during my early blogging days!.

You can find his blog here.

Enjoy the article;

5 Tips For Divers With Water In Their Nose

Many divers start off with water in their nose. Under the water even with your nose in the mask water can still find its way in. Many people find difficulty with this at first. Mastering breathing out of your nose at the correct time is key to less water in your nose and a more comfortable dive. These tips will help you get rid of the water. 

Proper Fitting Mask

To find the right seal, place the mask on your face with the strap loose and breath in from your nose. It should not allow air to be sucked in and you should be able to pinch your nose to equalize your ears. Keep in mind masks with larger volume will take more air to clear. Look for a low profile mask where the glass is closer to your face.  

Water in your mask?

Water in your mask?

Get in Your Comfort Zone

Practice in shallow water with the mask off, regulator in and your face in the water, under supervision if needed.  Position your nose so no water is getting in and start inhaling through your mouth. Exhale through your nose and continue until you are comfortable with water around your nose. As you get more comfortable move around and even put your mask on and clear it. You can do this with full gear or just your snorkeling gear. Clearing water out will become second nature very quickly.

Remember Look Down, Breath Out, and Look Up

These are the basic step in clearing your mask, but it’s amazing to watch them get thrown out the window. When you first feel water in your mask or nose look down as you inhale. This moves the water to the bottom of the mask and as you exhale the water is displaced out. Breath out and then start to move your head up to clear any remaining water.

Loosen Up Your Mask Strap

Contrary to popular belief you don’t need to have your mask strap as tight as you can get it. A proper fitting mask will stay without a strap. Now don’t go taking if off, you still need it to keep your mask on if it gets bumped. You don’t want to deform the mask’s seal by pulling on the glass too much. This is what can cause leaks. Keep it just tight enough to stay on your head. Look for a Velcro mask strap so you don’t have to adjust it all the time.
Don’t Lift The Bottom Of Your Mask

When you blow out of your nose the air displaces the water by having more pressure in the mask than the surrounding water. Put your fingers on the top of the mask on each side and forget about your thumbs. Pushing on the top of the mask relieves enough pressure to allow the water to be pushed out.

While there are many different ways to clear your mask, you can use these tips to guide you in the right direction. Dive in and don’t be discouraged by a little water in your nose. 

Written by: Nazem Youssef 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Box jellyfish awareness presentations for Koh Samui hotel staff

After last weeks involvement in Shark Guardian presentations on Koh Samui, early this week it was time for presentations about box jellyfish for hotel staff on Koh Samui.

An extensive blog post about these two presentations can be found here on my Koh Samui info and weather blog.

Four Seasons Resort, Koh Samui

Dr. Lakkana one of the few box jelly fish experts in Thailand held the two presentations and she was sponsored by the BOE (Bureau of Epidemiology).
The presentations were organized by me on behalf of the Koh Samui chapter of the THA (Thai Hotel Association).

Rocky Boutique Resort, Koh Samui

Besides the presentation, there was also basic CPR training with staff of the Bangkok-Samui hospital.

Hopefully this will be the start of more awareness and prevention around the island!


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Shark Guardian presentations at international school on Koh Samui, Thailand

Earlier this week, Shark Guardian's director, Brendon Ford Sing, conducted two presentations at two different International schools on Koh Samui in Thailand.
This was the result from a presentation earlier this year on the island, in July.

Brendon in action at the Samui International School on Thursday

Around 80 students (between 7 to 11 years old) and teachers were present for a presentation on Thursday at the Samui International School and the presentation was received with great enthusiasm.

The students at the Samui International School

SCL, the older students, between 11 and 14 years old

On Friday, two presentations were held at the SCL International school in Lamai, again each presentation with around 80 students and teachers and once more it was received with enthusiasm and great interest.

The 7 to 11 years old at the SCL

It was great to see two different presentations, targeting different age groups and thus maintaining the interest levels.

A great two days and for a very good cause, to raise awareness about sharks, explaining that sharks are not to be scared off and that a life without sharks in our oceans will have serious implications and upsets the balance in the oceans. 
Well worth checking out the Shark Guardian presentation schedule and visit a presentation if you have the opportunity.


Thursday, October 16, 2014

My next PADI IDC starts 14th November in Khao Lak, Thailand

Here it is, my next PADI IDC will start 14th November in Khao Lak, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon'. There are still places available, contact me for more information.

My next PADI IDC in Khao Lak, November 2014

More PADI IDC's are scheduled, the last program of this year is scheduled to start 4th December in Moalboal in the Philippines which is followed by the first program in 2015, starting 3rd January 2015 on Koh Lanta, Thailand and this is followed by 3rd February on Phuket, Thailand. You can check my full schedule here.


Monday, October 13, 2014

PADI IE on Koh Samui, Thailand has been completed

The PADI IE on Koh Samui has been completed yesterday. Two days of hard work and being nervous have been left behind and Eris is now ready to start teaching PADI courses. Mat will visit the open water one more time.

PADI IE October 2014, Koh Samui, Thailand

From left to right, Camille (PADI Course Director), Eri (OWSI), Brendon (PADI Examinor) and Nobu (MI). Mat and AMI (IDCS) are not on the picture

The next PADI IDC in my schedule will start 14th November in Khao Lak, Thailand followed by the last program of this year, scheduled to start 4th December in Moalboal in the Philippines. This is followed by the first program in 2015 which is scheduled to start 3rd January on Koh Lanta, Thailand and plenty of more programs are to follow next year, see my schedule.


Friday, October 10, 2014

EFR Instructor course on Koh Samui, Thailand has been completed

Yesterday I completed the EFR Instructor course with Mathieu. We completed the theory and practical part, the latter with the help of Little and Baby Anne.
Eri completed her course in Japanese with Nobu, who is also an EFR Instructor Trainer.

EFRI Course on Koh Samui, Thailand October 2014

At least Mathieu can still smile

The EFR Instructor course is now an integral part of all of my PADI IDC's since it's an exit requirement for receiving teaching status by PADI after the PADI IE.

My next set of programs, the IDC and the EFRI course will start 14th November in Khao Lak in Thailand followed by the last program of this year, scheduled to start 4th December in Moalboal in the Philippines and this is followed by the first program of 2015 which is scheduled to start 3rd January on Koh Lanta in Thailand, Plenty more PADI IDC's are scheduled for 2015.


Thursday, October 9, 2014

Testimonial by Michael Podesta

Today I received a testimonial, written by Michael Podesta who participated in the recent July/August PADI IDC in Osan in South Korea and who was one of my dive buddies during the 38th Parallel dive;

Unlike my peers who took the PADI IDC course with me, I was the wildcard. They were all very fresh on the material since they took most PADI courses back to back within the past couple of years. 
I took most of my PADI courses in 1998 then had a very long break. 
I took the AI course in S. Korea 2013, 15 years later feeling very outdated and lost, had another short break and rolled right in to the IDC with Camille Lemmens. I must say with his experience, techniques and the extra time & care he gave to ensure all of his students would pass the IE really put me at ease. 
Regardless of the time whenever I needed Camille for a question or some extra study he was available to help and never said no. He truly helped me wipe away old dust from my outdated 1998 PADI education and quickly got me up to date to the 2014 PADI standards. When I started the IDC I was not able to pass the written exams, after Camille put in extra time with me and passing over tips of the trade I was a 1st time go on all exams during the PADI IE!!! 
Wow that was a relief that money is not able to buy. 
I am very grateful to have had Camille as my IDC and Specialty instructor. 
Thanks to Camille the IE was no sweat. 
One big ALOHA to Camille!

Michael after completing his PADI IE

Michael after completing his PADI IE in Sacheon-myeon

Thanks for taking the time to write this testimonial Mike, much appreciated!

If this testimonial inspires to participate in a PADI IDC with me, the next program is scheduled to start 14th November in Khao Lak in Thailand the last program this year is scheduled to start in Moalboal in the Philippines which is followed by the first program of 2015 and is scheduled to start 3rd January on Koh Lanta in Thailand and this is followed by plenty of more programs next year.

See you there,


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

PADI IDC for October 2014 on Koh Samui, Thailand has been completed

The current PADI IDC on Koh Samui, Thailand is in the bag. Tomorrow I will complete the EFRI course with Mathieu and Eri will complete hers with Nobu, who staffed this course and who is also an EFRI Instructor Trainer.

PADI IDC Koh Samui, Thailand October 2014

Ami at the left, she staffed, Eri in the middle and Mathieu on the right

Saturday the PADI IE will start and by Sunday midday we know if we have a couple of new PADI Instructors on the block! Stay tuned for more updates.

If you're interested in one of my PADI IDC's, there are two more opportunities this year, starting with 14th November in Khao Lak, Thailand and 4th December in Moalboal in the Philippines. 2015 starts early on the 3rd January with a PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, Thailand, followed by a program each month in a different location.