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Posted Mar 5th, 2011 by Haydon
Enjoying glorious weather here in the Gulf of Thailand (with temperatures peaking around 35C), yesterday afternoon we headed out on the Simple Life dive boat to run a skills circuit for Simple Life’s PADI Divemaster internship candidates.
As part of their PADI Divemaster training the gang are required to demonstrate around 20 scuba skills to a very high standard. Joining the session Mike, Jake, Nat, Liam and Ashleigh made their first attempt at the skills session, whilst having already completed a circuit Sophie took a leading role in the demonstrations.
Image: Thailand Divemaster Internships – Haydon cracks a funny during his skills briefing to Jake, Nat, Sophie, Liam and Ashleigh
With the ocean as flat as a pancake, from our base on Sairee Beach we motored round to Mango Bay at the northern extremity of Koh Tao. Dropping off Instructor Viktor and Divemaster Tim at the entrance to Mango Bay (who were making a one way dive along the shoreline to meet us at the mooring), we continued towards a shallower sandy area, perfect for our Divemaster skills workshop.
First up we practiced several skin diving skills including purge and displacement snorkel clearing, and swimming 15M horizontally underwater on a single breath.
Images: Skin diving skills near the surface as part of the PADI Divemaster skills circuit
Then we jumped back on board to discuss how the rest of the scuba diving skills should be performed, clarifying the critical attributes for each skill.
Image: Haydon clarifies the steps involved in how to demonstrate safe ascents and descents. The dive internships gang from left – Mike, Jake, Haydon, Nat, Sophie, Liam and Ashleigh.
PADI’s Divemaster Internship Skills circuit is a good workout for the guys, with underwater skills including mask and regulator clearing, emergency out of air procedures (alternate air source usage, buddy breathing and the controlled emergency swimming ascent), no mask swims, buoyancy control (fin pivots and hovering), underwater problem solving skills (scuba unit removal & replacement and weight belt removal & replacement) and more.
Image: Soon to be PADI Divemaster Sophie demonstrates scuba unit assembly aboard the Simple Life dive boat
Image: PADI Divemaster trainee Mike has his first attempt and demonstrating scuba unit assembly
Image: Liam and Jake run through their PADI pre-dive safety check [BWRAF].
Image: Koh Tao PADI Divemaster trainees Nat and Ashleigh getting geared up in Mango Bay
With those skills briefed, the guys then got to work by each running through the proper scuba equipment assembly, demonstrating their pre-dive safety checks and entering deep water using the giant stride entry. Then we descended to the seabed to run through our underwater skills.
Image: Nat and Ashleigh make their pre-dive safety check on the back platform
Image: Mike entering the water off the back of the boat with the deep water giant stride entry
Image: Thailand Divemaster internships – the group at the surface in Mango Bay, about to descend to commence their underwater scuba skills session
Finally, back on the surface we finished off the session with demonstrations of a few important surface skills such as scuba unit removal and replacement at the surface, and weight belt removal and replacement.
Image: Liam hands his fins up and prepares to climb back aboard the Simple Life dive boat
For a first attempt the Mike, Jake, Nat, Liam and Ashleigh did pretty well. There were a few rough edges and areas for improvement, but I’m sure with practice during their second or third skills circuit they’ll fly through the assessment with flying colors. And having already completed a previous skills circuit, Sophie gave excellent demonstrations and is shaping up to become a very competent Divemaster.
Thanks for a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon guys and I’ll look forward to doing it again soon.
Image: Jake following completion of his first Divemaster trainee skills circuit
Image: Haydon giving a debriefing of the scuba skills
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