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Posted Nov 30th, 2010 by Steve
Here at Simple Life Divers we’re happy to announce three new divers gaining their PADI Open Water certification. Marc from Denmark was joined by Tracey and Laurelle (who are based in England), to make their PADI dive course over the past four days.
On day 1 they arrived to our dive shop on Sairee Beach at 16:00 for their orientation, where they watched a couple of PADI videos to give them some indication what was the Open Water course was all about.
The following morning the guys met up to wrap up their scuba diving theory and to complete their knowledge reviews. With the scuba diving academics part done, they were ready to get into the water for their shallow water training.
First the team learned how to set up their scuba diving equipment properly they then had to (something we practice many times throughout the PADI Open Water course to make sure they know how to do it). We headed out onto the beach with our pre-dive safety checks done and with our PADI Divemaster in-training assistant Jess in tow and spent the whole afternoon practicing a variety of different scuba skills. This included underwater regulator recovery and clearing, mask removal, replacement and clearing, mastering the tired diver tow, weight belt removal and lots of other cool skills. The girls and Marc cruised through the shallow water scuba session with ease and were ready for their first of two 12 meter dives.
The following morning we finished off the remaining part of the PADI videos, knowledge reviews and final exam, verifying the gangs understanding of safe scuba diving practices. Then team got their dive equipment packed and we jumped into Simple Life’s legendary taxi man Ek’s car and took the short to the pier. Their we boarded the dive boat and made our way to the Koh Tao dive site ‘Twins Pinnacle’, west of Koh Nangyuan. Following a lot of pre-dive excitement, we enjoyed two great 12M dives, and in addition to exploring the dive site the gang further perfected their scuba skills, practicing techniques and skills even deeper than the day before.
Finally the following day we rounded off the course with two more dives right down to the PADI Open Water course limit of 18M. The guys become much more confident in the water, and have developed good buoyancy control and underwater awareness.
That evening we celebrated in style with something entirely different! We watched as James, one of our Koh Tao Divemaster internship posse dressed up and completing some fun drinking games on his snorkel test, celebrating qualifying as a PADI Divemaster.
I had a thoroughly enjoyable time on the course – thanks for the gift guys and girls – it was a pleasure to teach to you, and I hope to see you back on Koh Tao again soon for more diving adventures!
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
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