Friday, December 19, 2014

Specialty instructor training in Moalboal, Philippines, December 2014

After the recent IDC in Moalboal and the PADI IE in Dauin, it was time to get some Specialty Instructor training done with Irish and check the underwater beauty around Moalboal.

Irish during the deep dive

Deep dive timed task at Pescador island

All three candidates participated in the Nitrox Instructor specialty, which is included in all of my IDC's for free. Irish however opted for 5 more specialties; Deep, Night, Underwater Navigation, Drift and Digital Underwater Photography.

Irish practicing using a compass

Practicing using a compass on land before the actual dive

We had some lovely dives and the deep dive to 38 meters stood out because of the great visibility at Pescador island and the absence of a current and yesterday evening's night dive stood out because fo the amount of underwater life we encountered, including a 'sponge crab' or 'Dromiidae', a first for me. The mating mandarin fish were also very nice to see during that dive.

Ardeadoris egretta nudibranch

Ardeadoris egretta nudibranch by Irish during her Digital Underwater Photography dive

We had a couple of great and enjoyable dives, just what we needed in order to relax after the previous busy and stressful weeks of the IDC and PADI IE.

Specialty instructor is offered after each PADI IDC and on special demand in-between IDC programs. The next PADI IDC is scheduled to start 3rd January 2015 on Koh Lanta, Thailand, followed by a program scheduled to start 3rd February on Phuket, Thailand which is followed by a program scheduled to start 9th March in Moalboal, Philippines again.

Camille

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