Saturday, October 31, 2009

Instructor Specialty training for October 2009

Instructor Specialty training for October 2009

It's almost completed and it was a busy month on top of that, for Specialty training. We started out with the Emergency Oxygen provider and instructor courses, pretty much directly followed by the Gas Blender and Gas Blender Instructor courses. The latter two are very challenging but also a lot of fun to participate in and to teach. We also completed the Equipment specialty, so lots of land based activities.
The reason is that there are plenty of participants in the Go Pro CDC and Platinum packages and these very comprehensive packages have a lot of specialties in them.
Craig is now also starting his MSDT internship soon, during which he gets to certify 25 PADI students at various levels.


By now it was to get wet and we went to Chaweng Beach to take some Underwater Navigation, Search & Recovery and Night diving courses under attack. Yesterday evening we id the night dive!

Working with a lift bag and learning the proper procedures on how to correctly fill and use a lift bag were being practiced during the Search & Recovery course.

Here's an interesting shot of squid eggs, that get deposited all over the region and loads of them can be found on Chaweng beach. Mmm, makes for some yummy 'plaa meuk' dishes! Specialty training has it's advantages.

For two deep dives we went to Sail Rock and the visibility was great and two great dives were had by all of us. With a bit of luck, the weather will hold on tomorrow, since we'll be back there to complete a DUP-, Multilevel- and Aware Fish ID dive.
On top of all this action we (Craig, Bruno, Olivier and me) also went to Pattaya to do some Wreck diving and they also completed Underwater Naturalist dives. All month long we had lovely weather which made the diving so much more enjoyable. Dives here were made on Nitrox and by now they're all Nitrox instructors.

At the end of a days diving, almost back home, the Big Buddha can be seen from it's back, near the pier.
Jut a few more days and the new IDC is about to start already. See you and stay tuned.
Camille


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