PADI Specialty Instructor training for April 2016 on Koh Lanta, Thailand
We're about to complete the PADI Specialty Instructor training for April 2016 on Koh Lanta, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC center 'Blue Planet Divers'.
Yesterday and today were boat days and we dived five times at five different dive sites.
Svenja at 28 meters at Hin Daeng during one of our two deep dives, checking the effects of pressure on an egg yolk. At this depth, the egg yolk stays pretty well together and you can calmly play around with it, without the yolk breaking
Svenja and Wayne participated yesterday in the Deep dive instructor specialty at Hin Muang and Hin Daeng, dive sites aptly named after the purple (muang) and red (daeng) soft coral covering the two sites and for the Digital Underwater Photography instructor specialty at Koh Haa one.
Wayne during a time tasked skill during one of the deep dives at depth. He needs to complete this skill on the surface and underwater to see what influence nitrogen narcosis has at depth
Today Wayne and me went to Bida Nok, my first visit after 18 years, when I completed my PADI Divemaster course on Koh Phi Phi back in the day for the Underwater Navigation instructor specialty and we dived Hin Bida for the Underwater Naturalist instructor specialty.
Dendronephthya soft coral at Hin Daeng
We had two great days of diving. Yesterday we completed two relaxed deep dives at Hin Muang and Hin Daeng, followed by a very nice dive at Koh Haa one, with a small chimney like swim through and a second swim through with loads of fish in it. Remarkable and memorable dives yesterday! Thanks Svenja and Wayne for your dedication and company.
School of chevron barracudas at Koh Haa 1
Today the second dive was more than memorable, with three zebra sharks that we could get real close to and with tons of picture opportunities. On top of that I also spotted a 'first' for me, a zebra eel. I always enjoy 'firsts'!
A tiny nudibranch at Koh Haa one, the Cuthona sibogae, less than 1 cm
Yesterday also saw two new nudi branches, one at Koh Haa one, only a centimeter long, if at all. See the picture above. Well spotted by Svenja. The identification process is under way!
At Hin Daeng Wayne spotted a nice nudi as well, whose identification is also in the making, see the picture below.
Nudibranch at Hin Daeng, Goniobranchus annulatus
Tomorrow all specialty instructor training will be completed when I will sit down with Wayne and the Emergency Oxygen provider instructor course will be tackled. This is a course I find important for instructors to have in their luggage of specialties they can teach, since almost every diver who had a dive accident will need oxygen.
With my background of hyperbaric chamber knowledge, I also enjoy teaching this specialty a lot.
A zebra eel at Hin Bida, the first ever I have spotted one of these eels
After tomorrow we will have a day off and than it's show time, the PADI IE will be brought on during Songkran or the Thai New Years day.
They should all be ready for this and we should have six new PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors here on Koh Lanta come the afternoon of 14th April.
One of the three zebra or leopard sharks we spotted today at Hin Bida
Are you interested in a PADI IDC or PADI IDC Staff Instructor course possibly combined with Specialty Instructor training after the IDC, the next programs are scheduled to start 3rd May, 7th June and 29th June on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' on Phuket.
See you there,