Friday, December 3, 2010

Halfway for the December PADI IDC on Koh Lanta

Halfway for the December PADI IDC on Koh Lanta

Maja, Emma and Craig are halfway their IDC on Koh Lanta right now. Phil is staffing this course, so we have a nice group together and Suzanne and Julia who just completed their IDC in Kao Lak last week, have arrived on Koh Lanta today and will join us for bits and pieces of this IDC to refresh and/or sharpen their skills.

It was the usual mix that we did, classroom presentation by Phil and me, knowledge presentations by the candidates and confined- and open water presentations. Above sees Craig in action during confined water.

Craig screwing around with the sand screw

During my IDC's I include always various workshops, during Knowledge development about comfortable and safe descents and ascents but also workshops about control, amongst others. In confined water there are workshops on control (positioning), CESA, rescue skills from the Rescue diver course and knot tying amongst others.

Emma setting up the descent/ascent line

In open water I include more workshops, amongst others on how to set up a decent/ascent line, Adventures in Diving and Rescue diver course workshops like knot tying and handling lift bags, how to rig and lift them and about control and execution of a CESA.

Maja working the lift bag

Today we went to Koh Haa and we also practiced rescue exercise # 7, in fairly choppy weather. It was a good thing we practiced the pocket mask variation first and the mouth to mouth variation in quieter water!

Knot tying, does it really involve rabbits?

During one of our dives we also welcomed a spotted marbled sting ray who was accompanied by a rather large Cobia.

A busy day, especially including an 800 meter snorkel but we got a lot done. Well done, great job!

Keep your eyes posted for more updates.

Camille

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