PADI IE for January 2010 is in the bag!
After 3 days on Koh Tao for the PADI IE (and a few days before that so we could complete Mike's Instructor Specialities) the PADI IE finished today and Mike sailed through it with all straight fives (out of five) during the last segment this morning, the confined water presentation and the skill circuit.
Here's the whole IE group, some 30 odd candidates, with the two examiners Rob and Young and Young Hee at the side of the pool for the closing ceremony.
The 'official' picture' from left to right; Rob, the PADI Examiner, Mike and myself.
Now it's time to leave Koh Tao and go back to Samui again and ready to start another IDC in a good 9 days from now.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
PADI IE for January 2010 is in the bag!
Friday, January 22, 2010
Mike's specialty Instructor training is done
After having completed the January 2010 IDC successfully, earlier this month, we made good use of the time available, together with the fact that there was only one IDC candidate this month, which allowed for great(er) than usual flexibility, we took a ferry to Koh Tao and we completed the Instructor Specialty training before the start of this months PADI IE, also on Koh Tao.
One of the Specialties taught was Underwater Navigation, here's the white board after the briefing of this dive, a small door opening into the kitchen of knowledge and teaching . Come and see if you're interested in the full course (sounds familiar, anyone?).On Koh Tao, during an Aware Fish ID dive at Twins, we spotted this scorpion fish in full war dress, in all of his glory, a beautiful and rather rare sight. A nice touch was that Thomas, Dijana and David of the December 2009 IDC also participated in selected dives this month in order to complete their Specialty training.
Right now Mike is in the PADI IE orientation which should be finished about now, ready to kick it off with 5 theory exams and the General Standards & Procedures exam.
Soon more about this PADI IE.
Monday, January 18, 2010
PADI IDC for January 2010 has been completed
Today Mike completed his January 2010 IDC. After already having completed the Prep and AI courses, the IDC is now complete.
Knowledge development presentations were given by Mike with the help of training aids, like his BCD.
As with every IDC, we had some lovely lunches during our breaks at World Resort, where I conduct my IDC's.
Now it's off for some more specialty instructor training and to the PADI IE on Koh Tao.
Friday, January 15, 2010
PADI Specialty of the month for December 2010; Enriched Air Nitrox
Just like January last year, Nitrox is the first Specialty of the year for PADI Specialty of the Month series.
It also tops the list of being the most popular PADI Specialty out of all the Specialties PADI has on offer and also for my Instructor Specialty training, Enriched Air Nitrox Instructor Specialty tops the list of being the most popular one.
If you participate in this PADI Specialty you will need the manual and a couple of slates that will help you understand the materials at hand and how you can integrate Nitrox into your diving habits in a safe way.
Monday, January 11, 2010
Today we tackled the EFRI course, with Little Annie, the mannequin waiting for some action in this picture. Due to Mike's medical military back ground, we could finish this course rather swiftly in a one on one training setting and we moved on to the PADI Emergency Oxygen provider course.
This course was taught by Craig, who certified his 25th PADI diver during Mike's Oxygen Provider course, under my direct supervision and hence completed his MSDT internship and is now ready to start his IDCS course during the February IDC, so we'll see a lot more of him in the near future. The picture above shows Mike, Craig and me after the EFRI and Oxygen Provider course. I went on and completed the Oxygen Instructor course with Mike as well.
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Prep course for the January IDC has kicked off
Mike is the only candidate in this first IDC of the new year and decade and we're cruising through the program.
As usual there are exams involved and they were checked on day one and two of the prep course in this IDC.
Besides a couple of curriculum presentation by me, the skill circuit is also on the program and here is Mike demonstrating a giant stride for his deep water entry skill. Tomorrow the IDC kicks off with the AI course.
Keep your eyes peeled here for more updates to come.