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Posted Sep 20th, 2010 by Luke
Monday mornings are a bit different here on tropical Koh Tao to the usual 9-5 drudgery!
This morning four of our PADI Divemaster Thailand trainees – Viktor, Curtis, Josh and James headed to the swimming pool to work on their scuba diving skills with Jeff.
Image: PADI Divemaster Thailand – Curtis, Josh, Viktor and James conduct the PADI BWRAF safety check prior to entering the water. (BCD, weights, releases, air, final ok!).
One of the requirements of the PADI Divemaster course is that the Divemaster trainees must be able to demonstrate all the skills from the PADI Open Water course to instructor standard. This includes over 20 skills, such as buddy checks, pre-dive safety checks, deep water entries, surface skills including weight checks and low pressure inflator hose disconnection, plus underwater skills such as mask and regulator clearing, fin pivots and hovering.
At the moment it’s low tide on Sairee Beach, so with the water not deep enough to make the skills circuit amongst the corals, we instead headed to the swimming pool for the PADI session.
Against the backdrop of the Gulf of Thailand we got cracking mid morning, beginning with Jeff briefing the guys of how the session would run (and an amusing review of the previous night’s antics in AC bar from Curtis). The posse then geared up and we got started.
Image: Divemaster Thailand internships; James (USA) demonstrates the giant stride deep water entry from the side of the pool
Image: The gang share a laugh before getting stuck into their surface skills
Image: Divemaster Internships Thailand – Josh demonstrates how to conduct a buoyancy check at the surface to ensure correct weighting, one of the most important skills in scuba diving
Image: Simple Life Divers’ PADI Course Director Jeff demonstrates to the PADI Divemaster Thailand interns how to perform the weight belt removal and replacement skill at the surface
Image: Divemaster Koh Tao skills circuit – running through the steps of PADI’s 5 point descent
Image: Monday morning PADI Divemaster skills circuit for the diving internship posse at the swimming pool on Sairee Beach, Koh Tao
As a first attempt the guys got on pretty well. Over the next few weeks we’ll be repeating the session and the gang will be marked on their skills as part of their PADI Divemaster assessment…further dive internship updates to follow.
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
Birgitte | Denmark
"fled the rainy Denmark ... talked that it would be good to get out and dive, but we had not planned that we would get through 22 great dives." 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