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Posted Mar 14th, 2012 by Chris
Late last week I joined Simple Life Instructor Jon along with Divemaster Trainees Charlie, Doug, James, Josh, Renee, Ryan and Vanessa as they partook in one of the more challenging workshops involved in their PADI Divemaster training – The Underwater Equipment Exchange.
Commonly known around the Koh Tao dive community as ‘The Stress Test’ – the Equipment Exchange is an underwater exercise designed to put our Divemaster Trainees into a complex and high pressure situation and have them solve an underwater problem by working together in a buddy team.
As we arrived at Japanese Gardens – a dive-site just off the coast of Koh Nangyuan, Jon briefed the group on what they needed to do; In groups of two they would descend into 2 meters of water and swap all of their equipment with a buddy – BCD, Fins and Mask (everything except for wetsuit, boardies and weightbelt)!
To make things more challenging they would need to do all of this while ‘buddy breathing’ – sharing the air from one regulator second stage. In simple terms this means that one diver takes two breaths from their regulator and then passes the regulator to his or her buddy who then takes two breaths. This continues throughout the exercise, all the while they must exchange all of their equipment.
This is not a situation that would ever occur in real-world diving but is a great way to put our Divemaster Trainees into a situation where they need to think and act quickly underwater.
All of the buddy teams did very well – remaining calm and focused throughout the exercise. They are all shaping up to become excellent PADI Divemasters and everyone received the maximum score of 5 for the workshop. Well done guys!
Here are a selection of photos from the session:
Libby B | Hong Kong
"...was a really big deal for me considering the idea of it has always terrified me and I had always avoided trying it before. But Olivier was so reassuring...." Read more
Adam | Canada
"...initially hesitant to go through the course due to a myriad of fears. I can now say I am 100% satisfied that I did." Read more
Malcolm M | UK
"the guys I met at Simple Life Divers were fantastic & made the scuba diving experience something I won’t forget." Read more