PADI recreational side mount Instructor course on Phuket
Last Monday I conducted a PADI recreational side mount Instructor course on Phuket with Pray, the boat master of PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia'. He expressed interest last time I was on Phuket, earlier this year in May and this time around we arranged for him to take the PADI Instructor specialty course.
PADI recreational side mount Instructor course on Phuket; Pray practicing setting up the side mount equipment for the first times at Kata Big Rock
One afternoon we met at 'Dive Asia's' training facilities at Kata Big Rock, to cover the theoretical part of the side mount course and to practice assembling and disassembling the special side mount equipment and adjusting the equipment so it fits. Both are important since they differ from traditional back mount scuba diving, as we recreational divers are used to.
PADI recreational side mount Instructor course on Phuket; Pray and me getting ready for the first dive
During the theoretical part we cover among others the history and origin of side mount diving, how it via cave diving went over to wreck diving and eventually ended up in recreational diving.
Assembling and disassembling the special side mount equipment is an important skill and needs practice to get ll pieces of equipment in the right spot and place. After that you will still adjust and re-adjust your side mount equipment over various dives, to get your personal 'perfect' constellation.
PADI recreational side mount Instructor course on Phuket; Pray during the second dive of the day at Raya Noi's Banana Bay
Once this was all done we went out to the Raya islands, to practice the confined skills and we had 3 dives that day to gain experience for Pray. The skills at Raya Yai bay one went over fairly easily and once Pray was comfortable with his gear and the skills, we immediately went for a first dive, during which we practiced the skills one more time.
PADI recreational side mount Instructor course on Phuket; Pray practicing swinging the tanks in front of him
Despite a windy and fairly rocking trip over to the Raya islands, the visibility was good, especially at Raya Noi's Banana Bay, where we conducted the second dive and most of the pictures were taken.
Once more we practiced all the skills during this and the third dive and Pray by now was very comfortable with his side mount equipment. Especially gearing up in the water at the start of the dive proved to be a very convenient option.
Myself in action during the PADI recreational side mount Instructor course on Phuket with Pray
The third dive of the day was conducted at Raya Yai bay three, where we saw a lot of nudibranches. It was a good days diving and soon Pray should have his first side mount course going, after he logged some more dives on side mount this week.
If you're interested in the PADI recreational side mount instructor specialty course or in a PADI IDC, please contact me for more details.
The next PADI IDC programs are scheduled to start 23rd August and 27th September on Phuket in Thailand, in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia', followed by monthly programs on Phuket and on 14th September I will be back in Moalboal in the Philippines in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Neptune Diving Adventure'.
See you there,