Neutrally Buoyant PADI IDC

At Go Pro In Paradise we are trying to push more and more towards neutrally buoyant skills during our PADI IDC programmes at PADI CDC Lanta Diver on Koh Lanta, Thailand. We are trying to stay off the knees, and teaching more on fin-tips or in mid-water. The dive environment is becoming ever more fragile, and we need to train the future generation of divers to be even more environmentally aware, and with even better buoyancy skills than in the past.  There is no need to spend any time on the knees during diver training – we should promote proper weighting and positioning in the water right from the first moment new divers get their heads under the water.

PADI IDC Thailand, Neutrally Buoyant, Platinum Course Director

It starts with Confined Water Dive #1 of the Open Water Course.  During our IDCs, the first time we take our IDC Candidates in the pool we conduct a CW Dive #1 workshop, and teach our candidates the importance of not over-weighting their future students, and how to get them neutrally buoyant before proceeding with the rest of the skills in CW Dive #1.  We achieve this by teaching the ‘Breathing Underwater’ skill as an introduction to the fin pivot (as described in a previous post).  All other skills in confined water can then be performed on fin-tips.

PADI IDC Thailand, Neutrally Buoyant, Platinum Course Director

We also then conduct a neutrally buoyant skill circuit, with all skills demonstrated on fin-tips – staying off the knees.

PADI IDC Thailand, Neutrally Buoyant, Platinum Course Director

PADI IDC Thailand, Neutrally Buoyant, Platinum Course Director

After this skill circuit, we then conduct a Confined Water Dive #5 workshop, where we teach our IDC candidates how to help their Open Water students to make the transition from performing skills on their fin-tips to now performing them mid-water whilst swimming around the pool neutrally buoyant.  We also highlight the importance of correct weighting and the value of practising swimming in shallow water without touching the bottom or breaking the surface – demonstrating good trim and horizontal body position.

PADI IDC Thailand, Neutrally Buoyant, Platinum Course Director

PADI IDC Thailand, Neutrally Buoyant, Platinum Course Director

PADI IDC Thailand, Neutrally Buoyant, Platinum Course Director

For the rest of the IDC, we then expect our candidates to perform all their teaching presentations in this manner.  Hopefully we can do our bit to inspire the next generation of PADI dive instructors to teach better buoyancy, trim, and environmental awareness in their future Open Water Courses…

PADI IDC Thailand, Neutrally Buoyant, Platinum Course Director

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Cleaning up the oceans…

The Project AWARE Foundation is a growing movement of scuba divers protecting the ocean planet – one dive at a time.

Project AWARE


Over the past two decades of underwater conservation we’ve learned that divers are true leaders in ocean protection. We’re ocean heroes numbering in the millions across the globe. We believe together our actions will make a huge impact and will help to rescue the ocean.

With new programmes and more online resources than ever before, Project AWARE supports an unprecedented global movement of divers acting in their own communities to protect oceans and implement lasting change.

Project AWARE are now focusing on two major ocean issues – Sharks In Peril and Marine Debris. The shark campaign is trying to secure shark protection worldwide. Unfortunately, there are some species of sharks that are on the brink of extinction and without action the shark population will continue to be decimated. There is currently a petition, which will put pressure on governments, particularly in countries that matter, to enforce policies to protect the shark population.

Project AWARE are kick-starting the new year-round Dive Against Debris programme with a Debris Month Of Action!

Dive Against Debris
Project AWARE's Debris Month Of Action

Throughout the month of September, Project AWARE divers around the world will mobilise to collect rubbish and log what they find on the Project AWARE website. This data will help to inform researchers of the debris issues facing the ocean. With a more accurate picture of what’s happening in our ocean, we can begin to make better decisions around waste management and the policies that affect ocean life.

Every bit helps...


Thresher Shark Divers will ‘Dive Against Debris’ throughout the month at all of Malapascua’s dive sites. As part of TSD’s commitment to protecting the ocean, trained divers not only remove underwater debris such as plastic bottles, fishing line, but also identify and document everything we see underwater and report the data to Project AWARE.

Clean Up - March 2010


Scuba divers are uniquely positioned to tackle the global marine debris issue, to take action every day and prevent debris from entering the ocean. For more information visit

Shark Conservation…

In deep trouble…

The elusive thresher shark
The elusive thresher shark


For more than 400 million years sharks have dominated the oceans. These magnificent creatures are widely, and unfairly, regarded as predatory ‘eating machines’ that do not discriminate between fish or humans. This inaccurate fear has earned sharks a reputation as being dangerous and worthy of contempt.

As a result, sharks have taken on trophy-like qualities for the people that hunt and eat them. This lust for money and a taste for the exotic has landed sharks in deep trouble.

Finning: A shark's worst nightmare


Right now, sharks are among the most valuable and vulnerable animals in the sea.

Massive consumer demand for shark fins and other shark related products have created an industry motivated by high return. Shark fins have become one of the world’s most precious commodities reaching figures of up to $256 per pound.

It is barely surprising then that more than 125 countries around the world now trade in shark products contributing to an uncontrollable surge in the number of shark taken from the oceans. In a little over 50 years the slaughter of sharks has risen 400 per cent to approximately 800,000 metric tons per year.

Slaughtered sharks...


By 2017 it is anticipated that 20 species of shark could become extinct due to hunting, indiscriminate fishing techniques and, ultimately, man’s greed.

Currently more than 100 million sharks are taken from the seas each year – a rate at which they simply cannot survive.

They cannot survive this onslaught because, unlike many other fish, most large sharks don’t reach sexual maturity until seven years old or even later, and then only give birth to a few pups each year.

Right now, they are simply being caught and killed faster than they can reproduce.

When we stop buying shark meat and fins, they’ll stop fishing for it.

If you like to learn more about shark biology, behaviour and the threats to them, head to Thresher Shark Divers on Malapascua Island in the Philippines and take the PADI Reef Shark Awareness Specialty course…

Reef Shark Awareness
Reef Shark Awareness


Check these links to find out how you can help:

Thresher Shark Divers

Wild Aid

The Shark Trust

Project AWARE

Shark Alliance

Stop Shark Finning

Click to sign petition
Click to sign petition


If I have one hope, it is that we will come to appreciate and protect

these wonderful animals before we manage, through ignorance, stupidity and greed,

to wipe them out altogether.

– Peter Benchley (author of ‘Jaws’)