Wednesday, December 17, 2008

EFR Instructor course and Specialty Instructor training during December 2008

EFR Instructor course and Specialty Instructor training during December 2008

Not so surprisingly, if you have been following this blog, this training was undergone by Steven and Mike.

After the completion of the IE and the subsequent visit to Chaweng afterwards, we had a day off to recover from the party activities, which was well deserved and very much needed!

After the day off, we started the program with the EFRI course at the local recompression chamber in Bang Rak. Mike is trying to revive Little Annie during the skill and scenario practice.

Happy faces after completing the course. As usual, a free tour of the chamber was included and that can be an interesting experience, especially if it's the first time that you see a recompression chamber. I always hope that it will lower the tresh hold a chamber may have!

After the EFRI course it was on to the boat and some diving at last! Over two days we completed the Deep-, Digital Underwater Photography-, Underwater Navigation- and Nitrox Instructor Specialty. They're well on their way to the MSDT rating, their next step!
In order to gain this rating they need however 5 Instructor Specialties instead of the current 4! However, due to the low visibility currently on Chaweng Beach, we will continue and complete the Specialty instructor training with the Search & Recovery- and Night diver Instructor ratings in the New Year. In the meantime they're both participating in the MSDT internship, during which they get to certify 25 PADI divers at various levels, another prerequisite for the MSDT rating.

A nice shot of some Christmas Trees at the Twins dive site near Koh Tao seems to be the right picture for the season!
Camille

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