PADI December IDC 2008 kicked off
And well with the 2 day prep course. Two candidates are participating in this IDC, Mikhail and Steven who both just finished their Divemaster courses.
They completed part of their theory exams and we started with the first round of the 20 skill circuit.
Tomorrow we will continue the prep course and on Saterday we will start the AI part of this IDC.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
PADI December IDC 2008 kicked off
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Divemaster trainees on the move
We recently had a bunch of Divemaster trainees complete their courses and a few others start theirs.
Last night we had a bit of a night out with most of them and we had dinner in Lamai at Erik's Swedish restaurant to be followed by a night of watching the Saturday nights Lady Boxing the Muay Thai variation.
A good night was had by all with an excellent ending of the night in Chaweng.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
EFR Course for the Imperial Group on Samui
It was already over two years that I taught an EFR course for staff of the Imperial Boathouse in Choengmon, so it was time for a refresher.
After some talking it was decided by the Imperial Group's local managers to have combined staff of their two local resorts participate in the course. This way I ended up with 7 participants of the Boathouse, 4 which completed the course 2 years ago and 5 participants from the Imperial Hotel in Chaweng.
For the hotels it's a good course, since staff that is in regular touch with guests, get training in CPR and First Aid and learn how to deal with emergencies.
During the course the participants had plenty of time getting hands on experience in CPR training and various other aspects of Emergency Responder training.
After a day of hard work, a satisfied group together for the group photo, in front of the Imperial Boathouse!
Saturday, November 15, 2008
EFR Instructor course November 08 version
After a great IE party last Thursday, to celebrate Patrick's, Chris' and Brian's entrance into the world of PADI Instructors, we enjoyed a well deserved day off yesterday, but today it was back to courses again and the EFRI was on the agenda.
Before we kick off though, here's a typical PADI IE picture and shows how they passed the IE earlier this week, they saw, heard and said nothing, a dead sure way to pass!
In the picture from left to righ; Camille, Patrick, Brian, Chris and Rob.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
PADI IE for November 2008 is in the bag!
Monday, November 10, 2008
The November 2008 IDC is done and dusted!
Patrick and Chris are ready to take on the PADI IE now, after completing the OWSI course of their IDC.
They survived the 'death by power point' onslaught, hurled at them by me, with grace, but there was some payback time as well. Here's Chris during one of his presentations, trying to sell us a lift bag!
We also spent some more time in the Confined Water, to keep those skills fresh.
It was a good call to move the Open Water dive for the OWSI forward, since Chaweng Beach was rough after we completed our dive there! The weather on Samui really turned sour! Patrick and Chris can be seen here before their dive.
Tomorrow we're off to Koh Tao for the PADI IE and we take Brian along, who completed his IDC in Dubai, with my fellow Course Director and friend Ernst van der Poll.
Keep your eyes posted to this blog for more updates!
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Swimmers warned of box jellyfish
The current presence of box jelly fish in Thai waters continues as we can read in this article found in todays Bangkok Post;
Swimmers warned of box jellyfish
The Marine and Coastal Resources Department has warned of box jellyfish attacks after the highly poisonous species was found off Koh Phi Phi in Krabi province.
The box jellyfish is not common in Thai waters and a recent discovery of the species off some popular beaches has sparked fears for tourists' safety and possible impact on the tourism industry.
So far two deaths in Thailand have been attributed to the jellyfish. The first was in 2002 at Koh Phangan in Surat Thani province, and the latest in April at Koh Lanta in Krabi.
Earlier this year, the son of an Australian journalist was stung while swimming off Koh Mak in Trat.
The jellyfish has most recently been spotted at Loh Sama bay at Koh Phi Phi. Several people had reportedly been stung by the species, Natural Resources and Environment Minister Anongwan Thepsuthin said yesterday.
The Tourism and Sports Ministry has also expressed concern over the spread of box jellyfish and its impact on tourism.
"People swimming in the sea where box jellyfish are present should exercise caution. The authorities will do their best to cope with the problem," Mrs Anongwan said.
Box jellyfish are known for their powerful venom, which has caused at least 5,567 recorded deaths since 1954. Wannakiat Thubtimsaeng, director of the Marine and Coastal Department's Phuket Marine Biological Centre, said the department had circulated letters to all coastal provinces, urging authorities to set up signs warning of the presence of box jellyfish in swimming areas.
Vinegar is the best solution to reduce the pain from a jellyfish sting before the victim is sent to hospital. Water should not be used, as this increases the pain.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
AI part of the November 08 IDC is completed
We completed the AI part of this IDC today at Chaweng Beach with an Open Water dive in excellent conditions, especially considering the time of the year.
During last week both Chris and Patrick had to present a few Knowledge Development (aka class room) presentations and in the picture above it was Patrick's turn.
As usual, we had some very good lunches at World Resort and enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere in the resort during our breaks.
Keep your eyes posted for news on their OWSI program, coming up soon.
Monday, November 3, 2008
PADI Specialty of the Month, November 2008; Underwater Navigation
Underwater navigation can be challenging, but in the Underwater Navigator Specialty course, you master the challenge. You learn the tools of the trade, including navigation via natural clues and by compass. You learn to estimate distance underwater, follow navigation patterns and know where you are while following an arbitrary, irregular course using the Nav-Finder.
During your PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty course, you'll learn underwater navigation dive procedures, techniques, planning, organization and potential problems. You'll also be introduced to natural navigation, underwater patterns, distance estimation and further your compass navigation skills. You'll put these into practice during your three open water dives which are part of the course. You'll also learn about dive site relocation.
It's challenging but also a lot of fun. During my Instructor Specialty training courses, this specialty is also a very popular one.
If you sign up for the PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty course you'll receive a 10% discount on the course fee during this month.