Thursday, April 29, 2010

PADI IE for April 2010, another 100% success story!

PADI IE for April 2010, another 100% success story!

Today the PADI IE was completed on Koh Tao and it was a 100% passing rate for my two students, Graham and Mel.

Three days of nerves and counting down finally led to the picture above, the graduation picture! From left to right Mel, Graham, George the PADI examiner and myself.

Later today we'll go back to Koh Samui and have a bit of a celebration.

Camille

Monday, April 26, 2010

Instructor level Specialty training during April 2010

Instructor level Specialty training during April 2010

Graham who just completed his April IDC took Instructor Specialty Training and before we go over to Koh Tao tomorrow for a PADI IE, we completed all the specialities that Graham choose.

Graham practising on land some patterns for his Underwater Navigation speciality.
Other specialities that were completed included Deep diving, DUP, Multilevel, Nitrox and Night diving.

On Chaweng Beach we encountered this lovely shell, at first I thought it was a cowrie shell but I tend to lean towards a harp shell now or possibly a turban shell.

During the deep dive, Graham had to complete a timed task, first at the surface and than at depth to see what effect nitrogen narcosis has at depth. This picture is taken at around 27 meters depth.

During a dive at Sail Rock we saw this Giant Murray Eel, always an impressive sight.

A hermit crab at Sail Rock, great creatures to observe.

Stay tuned for the Graham's and Mel's PADI IE adventures.

Camille

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Dive for Earth Day, Chaweng Beach

Dive for Earth Day, Chaweng Beach

Various hotels associated with the THA (Thai Hotel Association), Samui branch and three dive shops part of GIDOA combined forces for this years Dive for Earth Day.
The hotel staff did a beach clean up and the divers did an underwater clean up under a blue, steaming hot sky!

The whole group before the start of the clean up, hotel staff and divers combined.

Some of the smaller stuff we found, besides half a kayak, ropes, lots of plastic bags and other plastic items, shoes, clothes etc.

One of the many bottles out there. We brought back a few kilos of garbage and just didn't have enough bags to take more stuff with us out of the water.

The after dive shot of all the dive shop participants.

Thanks guys for being there! See you next year.

Camille

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Seahorse skewers; endangered species?

Seahorse skewers; endangered species?

Recently I stumbled over a very funny blog, with lots of cool and funny stuff on it, well worth checking out.

However, one picture in an article about fast food during the Olympics in Beijing caught my attention and it's the picture below of seahorse skewers.

On a regular base I do like to try 'unusual' food, and I most definitely had my share of strange food and some were probably an endangered species, but that was eaten by me before I became aware of their rare status or other problems those certain species were facing.

Now as a diver, I can't imagine that anyone amongst us is getting excited about the picture above. The sea horses are rare finds and lovely creatures and to see them on a skewer is heart breaking and disgusting!

It's important to bring awareness out there and hopefully these pictures will be a thing of the past!

Camille

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

EFR Instructor course April 2010 done and dusted

EFR Instructor course April 2010 done and dusted

Graham completed his EFRI course today in the local hyperbaric chamber in Bang Rak.

Besides more presentations by me we also did some hands on practice during this EFRI course which made it a lot more interesting.

At the end of the course Graham enjoyed a short introductory tour at the Chamber which was enjoyable and interesting at the same time.

Tomorrow the diving specialities will kick off, at last!

Camille

Monday, April 19, 2010

April 2010 IDC is in the bag

April 2010 IDC is in the bag

All done and dusted for Graham and Mel for their IDC and for Thomas and Dijana's IDCS course.
For me it was great to teach the new 2010 curriculum of the IDC and it is a much improved program and I like it!

During the OWSI part of this IDC we did a bit more Confined Water work and Mel is demonstrating a deep water exit out of the Open Water diver course.

Knowledge Development was also on the schedule and Mel hit it off with her Project AWARE presentation.

Graham also enjoyed the classroom presentations, especially finding his way around in the PADI structure of presenting.

As usual we had some lovely lunches at World Resort during our breaks. Thanks for taking part Mel, Tom, Dijana and Graham, it was my pleasure!

Camille

Saturday, April 10, 2010

April IDC is well on it's way!

April IDC is well on it's way!

After Tom and Dijana's IDCS course started a few days ago, we're now in the midst of the action for the Assistant Instructor course part of the current April PADI IDC.

Graham and Mel are taking part with Tom and Dijana looking over their shoulders as future IDCS Instructors. This picture shows them taking their theory exams as part of the preparation course.

Plenty of pool work was in the pipe line as well, skill circuits and workshops about control, rescue skills, CESA amongst others with more to follow.

Dijana being the Assistant Instructor during Tom's confined water presentation for his IDCS course.

As always, plenty of Rescue diver course exercise # 7, 'unconscious diver at the surface' practice. Mel trying to give the kiss of live to Graham.

Tom overlooking Graham's fin pivot as part of his CESA exercise.

Just a few more days before we take a day off so we can celebrate the Thai New Year or Songkran.

Stay tuned for for more updates!

Camille

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

IDCS course for Thomas and Dijana started

IDCS course for Thomas and Dijana started

Today it was time to finally kick off the brand new 2010 PADI IDC curriculum with Thomas & Dijana's IDCS course.
They completed their IDC in December 2009 followed by their respective MSDT internships and now they take the opportunity to complete their IDCS courses.

It was hard work for them with immediately starting the 5 theory exams which they had to pass with at least an 80% score on each exam. They didn't have a score below 90%, so well done!

After that it was on to some IDCS presentations by me, followed by lunch!

After lunch it went down to the nitty gritty and evaluation training started, during which they get to watch PADI scenario video's on Knowledge Development, Confined and Open Water presentations and they need to be within the PADI control scores.
Challenging work to be continued during the whole IDC. They will also complete more IDCS work during the prep course.

Tomorrow the Prep IDC course will kick off so stay tuned for more updates.

Camille

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Specialty of the Month April 2010; Project AWARE Fish ID

Specialty of the Month April 2010; Project AWARE Fish ID


This Project Aware Fish ID is an interesting specialty since it will introduce you to the most common fish families and species found in temperate and tropical waters.
It's PADI's specialty of the month just like last year August.

Singular Banner fish, did you know this?

How much would you like to know the actual name of a fish rather than asking somebody on the boat what that nice black fish with the yellow spots was and as an answer you receive; the yellow spotted black fish! DUH!

A Spotted Lion fish

It's pretty cool if you can 'show off' your knowledge of characteristics of local fish families and species and are familiar with fish survey techniques and strategies and know how to plan, organise and use the correct procedures for Fish identification dives.

A Giant moray eel

Besides learning basic fish identification and scientific survey techniques it will show and teach you how important personal involvement is in aquatic conservation.

A Scorpion fish

The AWARE - Fish Identification Adventure Dive from the Adventures In Diving program credits toward this specialty at the discretion of the instructor and this specialty certification counts as one of the five Specialty course certifications for the PADI Master Scuba Diver certification.

Book this Specialty of the month during this month with us on Koh Samui and you'll receive a 10% discount.

Camille