Friday, July 31, 2009

PADI Enriched Air SCUBA Diver Course Now Available ONLINE

PADI Enriched Air SCUBA Diver Course Now Available ONLINE

Here's an interesting piece of information about the new Enriched Air Diver Course, as written by PADI's marketing team.

The most popular PADI Specialty course - Enriched Air Diver – is now available online. This latest offering in the highly respected menu of PADI eLearning® course options allows divers to complete the knowledge development portion of the course on their own time and at their own pace.

The PADI Enriched Air Diver Course Online incorporates changes to the recently revised PADI Enriched Air Diver program, including a dive-computer only option which simplifies the learning process.How does the online course work?The PADI Enriched Air Diver Course Online follows the same format used in other PADI eLearning SCUBA courses.

• Divers complete all knowledge development online: This includes an active slide presentation with supporting voiceover, photos, diagrams and links to associated video clips. Divers will also have access to an online version of the PADI Enriched Air Diver manual after completing the course.
• As they proceed through the course, divers complete interactive exercises and the knowledge review. The PADI eLearning system provides assessment, feedback and remediation throughout the course, so student divers will always know how they’re doing.
• After completing all sections of the course, divers take the PADI Enriched Air Diver exam and get instant results. The PADI eLearning system scores the exam, provides remediation and – if needed -- administers a retest.
• Once divers finish the online course, they simply print the eLearning Record and bring it to their local PADI Dive Center or Resort where they’ll complete a quick review and the practical applications of the course -- including dive planning, gas analysis, fill procedures, etc. -- as well as the optional, but recommended, open water dives.

Scuba diving with enriched air nitrox delivers more no decompression dive time. This means more time underwater, especially on repetitive scuba dives. When diving using enriched air nitrox, divers can typically stay down longer and get back in to the water sooner. No wonder many divers choose this course as their very first specialty.

To enroll in the new PADI Enriched Air Diver Course Online, divers should contact their local PADI Dive Center or Resort or start today by visiting

PADI's marketing team

Friday, July 24, 2009

Specialties for July 2009 are done and dusted

Specialties for July 2009 are done and dusted

Eric, who just completed the July IDC and PADI IE has now also completed his Instructor level Specialty training. We went to a variety of dive sites and had some good dives, we dived at Chaweng Beach, Sail Rock and Japanese Garden at Koh Tao.

The specialties tackled included Deep, Nitrox, DUP, Underwater Navigation, Night and Mulitlevel.
Patrick from this last IDC, completed and earned his Nitrox Instructor rating.

During the dives we took some nice pix each and here's a few that I shot. This one above is a macro shot of some coral which turned out rather nice with a few details of macro life on a coral.

During the Multilevel dive around Japanese Garden we had a fairly rare encounter with a (rather small) banded sea krait, one of the most poisonous sea snakes around. It was hunting and upon retreating it's head out of a small hole, it banged it's head to the side just as a dog can do when he can't rip the food in pieces fast enough. An interesting sight!

During the Deep dive at Sail Rock we had to check the effects of pressure at depth and this is what a normal, empty (!) small water bottle looks like at 27 meters. The bottle gets completely compressed (providing you leave the bottle closed and the bottle is empty or near empty) by the surrounding water pressure. A good thing that we humans merely consist of water or other bodily fluids!

At Sail Rock I also found this coral, which makes for an intricate pattern.

Sail Rock was also host to these two cleaner shrimps, hanging under a rock, upside down. Always nice to spot and see them.

During the night dive at Chaweng's Reef, we spotted this hermit crab.
A good and enjoyable time was had by both of us.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

The PADI IE for July 2009 is in the bag!

The PADI IE for July 2009 is in the bag!

After three intensive days on Koh Tao for the PADI IE, Patrick and Eric have joined the ranks of new PADI Instructors or OWSI's.

They passed all four segments of this IE and the picture above shows them after their Open Water presentation, when there were 3 down and just one more to go, which they tackled successfully today, their Confined Water presentation.

Here's the official picture, after the closing ceremony of the IE with from left to right, Thomas (PADI Examiner), Eric, Camille and Patrick.
We're off to Samui for a nice IDC/IE party!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

The July 2009 IDC has been completed

The July 2009 IDC has been completed

Patrick and Eric completed the July 2009 IDC and are ready to go over to Koh Tao to participate in the PADI IE which starts this coming Tuesday.

More quality classroom time was spent together during the OWSI part of this IDC and they also had to give their own prescriptive teaching presentations. Patrick in action during one of his presentations.

Besides spending time in the classroom, Eric can be seen in action in the picture above, we also spend plenty of time in confined water again.

Today we completed the last bit, the Open Water dive, in rainy conditions on Samui but fun was had nonetheless.
Tomorrow we close this IDC formally in the classroom and than they can kick back and relax before we head off to Koh Tao on Tuesday morning for the PADI IE.
Keep your eyes peeled here for more updates from Koh Tao.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

The EFR Instructor course for July is in the bag

The EFR Instructor course for July is in the bag

Patrick and Eric gathered this morning in the local hyperbaric chamber, after our day off, for their EFRI course.

After we completed to knowledge development part, it was time to get our hands dirty and no better way to do this than to get Little Annie involved. Eric is in action in the picture above and Patrick is looking good in the picture below.

We went through a whole series of skills and scenarios and had some good laughs and fun whilst doing it.

Baby Annie also makes an appearance in each EFRI course, since it's part of the curriculum. You learn how to give ventilation's and compressions on an infant and a child.
The group picture after completion of the course, in front of the local 'pot'. As part of the course, a short introduction is given in to the way the chamber works and operates.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

New Divemaster trainee; Thierry

New Divemaster trainee; Thierry

Yesterday the Divemaster course started for Thierry with an induction to the course. Today's he's off with his son and family to Koh Tao for his son's Open Water diver course during which he will assist as a Divemaster trainee, a great way to start your course.

We welcome Thierry and hope that he will enjoy his course and learn a thing or two along the way!


Monday, July 6, 2009

The July 09 AI part of the IDC is completed

The July 09 AI part of the IDC is completed

Today we completed the Assistant Instructor part of the current IDC with an Open Water dive on Chaweng Beach.

After we completed the prep course, there was plenty of confined water to follow. Here Eric and Patrick are ready for a deep water entry by means of a giant stride.

As usual, we're having lovely and relaxing lunches at World Resort's beach restaurant, from left to right, Patrick, myself and Eric.

After the Open Water dive today, they also completed an 800 meter snorkel. Keep your eyes peeled to this site for more info about the current IDC adventures, tomorrow will be a well deserved day off, to be followed by the EFR Instructor course and the OWSI course of the IDC before we continue onwards to Koh Tao for the PADI IE.

Friday, July 3, 2009

PADI Specialty of the month July 2009; Deep diver

PADI Specialty of the month July 2009; Deep diver

The Deep dive specialty is one of the most popular PADI Specialties around, although the strudel is still being taken by the Nitrox specialty.
This is definitely one of the Specialties that I teach a lot, as this blog will tell you.

Koh Samui is an excellent location to conduct deep dives with Sail Rock and Chumporn Pinnacle, where we even met a whale shark during the safety stop after a deep dive.

The Deep dive specialty will take you beyond 30 meters, the limit during the Adventure Deep dive of the Advanced Open Water diver course. The Deep dive specialty takes you down to 40 meters, also the max depth of recreational diving.

You'll learn deep dive planning, organization, procedures, techniques and hazards. You'll also put this knowledge to the test as you go on four open water dives that range from 18 - 40 meters.

This picture shows how the timed task at depth has successfully been completed by Rob, one of my former IDC candidates. It's a lot of fun and a lot of diving, with 4 open water dives in the specialty split up over two days.

If you sign up during this month, you will receive a 10% discount on the Deep dive specialty.


Thursday, July 2, 2009

July 2009 Prep course has been completed

July 2009 Prep course has been completed

Two days of exams and practicing skill circuits in confined water under sunny skies are left behind! Time to look forward to the start of the July IDC and to be more precise; the AI part tomorrow.
My two candidates, Patrick from Denmark and Eric from the USA have done good so far.

For good measure we completed some presentations that are part of the IDC curriculum.

A lot of time was spent in the pool at World Resort, Patrick and Eric lining up before we make a splash into the confined water.

A good demonstration of buddy breathing whilst swimming.

As usual, rescue practice was on the menu as well. Do I hear the word 'red filter'?
Stay tuned for more updates on these pages for the current IDC.