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Posted Jun 17th, 2010 by Jeff
Time for our Koh Tao PADI Divemaster gang (Naomi, Sophia, James, Mark, Lee, Chris & Andre) to get stuck into a bit of PADI Divemaster theory with everyone’s favorite lecture – decompression theory, dive planning and using the PADI RDP (recreational dive planner).
Image: Course Director Jeff runs a PADI e-RDP ML workshop for Simple Life’s Divemaster Thailand intern gang
This is one of my favorite topics from the PADI Divemaster course. We take a look at how recreational scuba diving has evolved, from the early days of understanding how increased pressure affects our body (and the mistakes learned by miners many years ago), through to the development of dive tables by the US military and finally adapting, improving and fine tuning the models for use by recreational divers, (who like us Koh Tao divers might not be quite as fit as 20 year old US Navy divers 😉 ).
The Koh Tao Divemaster gang had already done a bit of independent reading of their PADI Divemaster manual, so this morning I ran an interactive workshop to make sure everyone understands the decompression theory, try some practice questions and give them a chance to pose any questions they have.
We started out taking a look at the models used to create modern dive tables including getting stuck into some of the technical terms (ee washouts, M-values, half times etc), and talked about some of the important historical work and principles used in forming our understanding of the effects of pressure when scuba diving (especially Haldanean model, Spencer Limits, Buhlmann Limits etc).
Image: Koh Tao PADI Divemaster trainees James and Naomi during the Divemaster Thailand RDP workshop
Simple Life’s gang of soon-to-be PADI Divemasters have picked up the theory easily, so we moved into the second part of the PADI RDP workshop – putting theory into practice with some diving planning exercises.
Over the past year or so PADI have phased out their previous multi level dive planner (the PADI RDP-wheel) and have replaced it with the much improved PADI e-RDP ML (electronic dive planner multi level version). This makes planning complex series of repetitive multi level dives much more simple, although it does mean the RDP workshop involves more ‘beeping’ than it used too!
Image: Koh Tao DMT Lee ‘Chippie’ Bowers beavering away at his PADI Divemaster knowledge reviews
There’s no better way to learn than by practicing, so we got the Divemaster Thailand interns working through a series of dive planning problems, learning to use their PADI e-RDP MLs. We practiced planning single dives, repetitive dives, multi level dives and even used the PADI e-RDP to figure out the minimum surface intervals required to complete various series of dives.
The guys now have a bit of time to brush up on what we’ve covered before they’ll be sitting their PADI RDP and decompression theory exam….. I’m sure they ‘ll all fly through!
Image: Always time for a laugh – a bit of arithmetic early in the morning draws comment on the differences between the quality Australian and UK schools! Wasn’t looking good for England – or maybe it was just the Chang last night!
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