Monday, March 2, 2009

Instructor Specialties for the February IDC are completed

Instructor Specialties for the February IDC are completed

It took a while after the IDC to get going, but today we completed the last Instructor Specialty Training segment from the recent February IDC. The weather conditions weren't looking that great today, but it turned out to be fine day after all, sunny and hot, just as February was all month long, we just had a quick shower on the way back around Koh Phangan.

We started out with the Night Dive Specialty, for which we were joined by Steven and Mikhail, from the December IDC of last year. Above are the Men in Black, ready for nocturnal adventures underwater, from left to right; Steven, Preben, Gav, Krit, Mikhail and myself.

The Underwater Navigation Specialty was on the schedule for Preben and Krit, they can be seen on this picture above practicing Navigation patterns on land at Chaweng Beach, using their compasses.

The same day as we did the Navigation dive, we also completed Search & Recovery Specialty Instructor dives from Chaweng Beach and we usually combine this with some clean up activities, Steven is in this picture with some improvised Search & Recovery utensils, found during the dive, which he's using to collect garbish with. We filled 4 big bags of garbish that day! We were paying some respect to Project AWARE.

Krit and Preben went on to to work on the Digital Underwater Photography Instructor rating during which dive I caught this Nudibranch in a frame. Krit also completed the Underwater Naturalist Specialty and Preben got his Multilevel rating.

Today we went on the speedboat to Sail Rock to have two Deep dives for the Deep Dive Instructor Specialty rating. Gavn, Krit and Preben on their way to Sail Rock in the above picture.
All of them also got their Nitrox Instructor rating, which comes free with my IDC programs.
Gav and Krit are continuing with their MSDT internship program, where they get to certify 25 PADI divers at various levels. Steven and Mikhail have by now almost completed this part of their training.
Having barely finished this Instructor Training part and within just a few more days, I'll be starting another IDC course.
On 4th and 5th April this year, more Wreck Instructor training is schedule in Pattaya on the Pattaya wrecks. If you're interested, let me know.

Camille

3 comments:

Imad Khashfeh said...

I wish I was with all the great instructors you have graduated chief..

Richard ten Brinke said...

Great picture from the nudi Camille. No dark area on the bottom this time. New camera???

Camille Lemmens said...

Hi Richard,

Upgrade on the Canon!