Monday, December 2, 2013

Instructor Specialty training in Khao Lak, Thailand

Today and yesterday was reserved for Instructor Specialty training with Jason of the recent PADI IDC in Khao Lak. Yesterday we went for two dives to the Boon sung wreck off Bangsak beach and today we went to Khao Nai Yak for three dives and Andi joined us.

Honeycomb moray eel

Honeycomb moray eel

The dives at the wreck were very nice and we completed the DUP and Mulitlevel specialties with Jason but at Instructor level
During these dives my friend and fellow PADI Course Director Imad Khashfeh joined us and we both completed the dives on side mount.

Hermit crab

Hermit crab

It was a good days diving, nice weather, great dives and plenty of fish to see! It almost was fish soup at the wreck. Various big groups of fish were swimming around and I've never seen so many honeycomb moray eels during a single dive.

Jason

Jason shooting pictures

After two long dives, each around an hour, we called it a day and went back to the dive shop where some more briefings and training was waiting for the underwater navigation specialty, which was scheduled for the next day, or rather, today! For this we were joined by Andi, an instructor working at PADI 5* IDC Center Sea Dragon.

Imad on sidemount

Friend and fellow PADI Course Director Imad Khashfeh on side mount

Boon sung wreck

The Boon sung wreck at Bangsak beach

Jason and Andi

Jason and Andi during navigation practice on land

Today we had an interesting underwater navigation dive with rather interesting conditions, among other a strong swell had us moving around a bit, the longer the day lasted, the stronger the swell became.
We also completed a Fish ID dive with bot Jason and Andi and an Underwater Naturalist dive with Jason today and both Jason and Andi also completed their Nitrox specialties.

Underwater navigation

Underwater navigation explained

Two busy days of diving but nothing that can't be handled here, with regular trips on the live aboard boats where up to 4 dives per day are scheduled. Tomorrow both Andi and Jason are back to diving and are ready to welcome students and divers!

Camille

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