PADI Instructor Specialty training on Phuket during December 2017

PADI Instructor Specialty training on Phuket during December 2017


It was a blast having done the PADI Instructor Specialty training on Phuket during December 2017 with Christian and Dimitri in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' at Kata beach.

Christian and Dimitri both participated in the full MSDT prep program and had five specialties at instructor level to choose from. Both of them chose the wreck-, night-, drift-, self reliant instructor level specialties. Christian also opted for the deep dive training and Dimitri for the DSMB or Delayed Surface Marker Buoy training.
This is not to mention the Enriched air instructor rating for Christian and the Emergency Oxygen Provider Instructor training for Christian, Dimitri and Jan. These two Instructor level specialties are included in all of my current PADI IDC programs.

PADI Instructor Specialty training on Phuket during December 2017

PADI Instructor Specialty training on Phuket during December 2017; Getting in the water at Kata beach during sunset for a night dive with Christian and Dimitri.

It was great to start the training off with a night dive at Kata beach. This is something I haven't done in a long time at this location and definitely something to repeat. The picture above gives a good indication how it looked like upon starting the dive.

PADI Instructor Specialty training on Phuket during December 2017

PADI Instructor Specialty training on Phuket during December 2017; Ardeadoris sp nudi during the night dive at Kata beach. Spotted by Diva Asia instructor Mischa.

During all the training dives we saw a lot of nice and cool animals, including a few 'firsts' for me. That's always the icing on the cake, when you spot an animal for the first time. This included the Ardeadoris sp nudi pictured above, but also a Pseudoceros monostichos, a marine flatworm that looks a lot like a nudi but actually is a flatworm.

We also saw lots of octopuses out in the open, which was a feast for the eye, with all the color changes occurring whilst observing them. Twice we actually had the privilege of looking at an octopus couple.

PADI Instructor Specialty training on Phuket during December 2017

PADI Instructor Specialty training on Phuket during December 2017; Self reliant diving with Christian and Dimitri, during their neutral buoyancy skill

As already mentioned, self reliant was also on the menu. In order to be certified as a PADI Instructor for this specialty, you actually need to be a self reliant diver. This diver level specialty for the self reliant diver course, requires three dives. This resulted on being for one extra day on the boat, getting the three self reliant diver level training dives out of the way. 
Especially towards the end of the year, this turned out to be a popular specialty. During my last three PADI IDC, respectively in Khao Lak, Moalboal in the Philippines and on Phuket, two people took this course.

PADI Instructor Specialty training on Phuket during December 2017

PADI Instructor Specialty training on Phuket during December 2017; Wreck diving, Dimitri posing in front of the wreck in Bay 1 at Raya Yai

Wreck diving was another popular specialty during the end of the year. Sandra and Maria participated in this specialty after the recent Khao Lak PADI IDC in November and now Christian and Dimitri participated in this specialty on Phuket. 
An interesting and challenging specialty to boost and I'm glad I was able to teach this course to four very good students.

PADI Instructor Specialty training on Phuket during December 2017

PADI Instructor Specialty training on Phuket during December 2017; Deep diving with Christian. At around 28 meters

It was good to spend a lot of time under the water after the PADI IDC with both Christian and Dimitri. We had a lot of quality underwater time and some good times on the boat as well. Thanks to both of you for participating and am looking forward to see you soon.

PADI Instructor Specialty training on Phuket during December 2017

PADI Instructor Specialty training on Phuket during December 2017; One of the many octopuses or octopodus (not octopi!) we saw during the PADI Instructor specialty training.

Are you up for this mantra; Dive. Eat. Sleep. Repeat?

Begin the new year with a bang with one of my PADI IDC programs scheduled in early 2018!

On 6th January my first PADI IDC in 2018 will start on Koh Lanta, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers'. On 20th February a programs is scheduled to start on Koh Phangan, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Haad Yao Divers'. This is followed by a program scheduled to start 6th February on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' with monthly programs scheduled in 2018 on Phuket and on 20th February an IDC is scheduled to start in Khao Lak, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon'. To make the circle round again, on 26th March I will be back on Koh Lanta, Thailand again in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers'.

Contact me in order to receive more detailed information on any of my PADI IDC programs.

See you there,
Camille

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