The first PADI IDC of 2012 is now underway…

Thresher Shark Divers are currently running their first PADI IDC of 2012.  The first two days have gone ‘swimmingly’ well and the candidates have been performing impressively so far.  We have been spending time both in the classroom and in the water so far.  In the classroom everybody has proven to be very comfortable with the dive theory exams, but of course more practise will be had over the coming days…

Exam time !!!

 

Mac, Martin, Judith, Henry & Lee enjoying their exams…

 

Physics is fun !!!

 

We’ve also been spending some time in the water polishing skill demonstrations and practising rescue demonstrations.  After a couple of skill circuits, the candidates are all already very competent in this important aspect of dive instruction.  More time is due to be spent in the water tomorrow morning too.  We will be again practising the rescues, as well as looking at positioning for working with students.  This will help focus the instructor candidates on control and safety, and be of a huge help to them when they eventually start teaching for real….

Aaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhh…

 

Alternate Air Source Ascent

 

Controlled Emergency Swimming Ascent

 

Hovering…

 

At the end of one of our water sessions we were also happy to see a beautiful pair of robust ghost-pipefish hanging around in the sand too…

Judith and Martin admiring the robust ghost-pipefish…

 

Thresher Shark Divers have several more IDCs planned over the coming year.  If you are interested in changing your career or lifestyle, please take a moment to check out our 2012 PADI IDC schedule.  Also feel free to e-mail me if you require any further info on becoming a PADI dive professional…

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The final IDC of 2011…

Thresher Shark Divers’ final PADI IDC of 2011 has finished with yet another very happy PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor !!  Ryan flew into Malapascua Island a couple of weeks ago as a PADI Divemaster, and has now flown back to Qatar as a very happy PADI Instructor eager to find his first students !!

Ryan getting his certificate from PADI Examiner George Wegmann

 

After arriving in the Philippines, and making the short trip from Cebu City up to Malapascua Island, Ryan got straight into the water for a Skill Circuit, before hitting the classroom for the start of the IDC proper.  After a couple of presentations from myself, it wasn’t long before it was time for Ryan to take centre stage and deliver his Knowledge Development presentations and teach us all about the PADI RDP…

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh......

 

Knowledge Development Presentations
'Divers, know your limits !!'

 

Following some very good presentations in the classroom, it was soon time for Ryan to try his hand at teaching in the water too.  Throughout the IDC, and indeed the IE, Ryan recorded some very strong scores…

Open Water Presentations
The CESA...

 

Ryan giving some 'positive reinforcement' to his student after completing a 'Deep Water Exit'...

 

We also found plenty of time to conduct some dives towards Specialty Instructor ratings and to complete EFR Instructor training for Ryan. We completed Specialty Instructor training in Deep, Wreck, Nitrox, Equipment, Night and Navigation specialties.   On a couple of mornings we got up nice and early to venture out to Monad Shoal to dive with Malapascua’s most famous residents – the thresher sharks

Using a reel on Lighthouse Wreck
Using a reel on Lighthouse Wreck

 

Navigating at Bantigue
Navigating at Bantigue...

 

Thresher Shark
Spotted during Deep Specialty Instructor training...

 

Ryan demonstrating infant CPR...

 

We had a great two weeks during the IDC, then we headed down to the city for the PADI Instructor Exams.  Throughout the two-day examination process, Ryan excelled himself with some outstanding scores – including a few perfect 5.0 scores !!  At the end of the two days, Ryan got the all important handshake from PADI Examiner George Wegmann, and then it was time to celebrate…

The IE Orientation
The IE Orientation

 

Getting a 5.0 in Confined Water...

 

The handshake...

 

Another happy PADI Instructor...

 

If you’re interested in becoming a PADI Pro, then feel free to e-mail me for further details.  Also, check out the Thresher Shark Divers website to see our PADI IDC schedule for the coming year…

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Specialty Instructor Training

Following the successful PADI IE on Malapascua at the end of October, the newly certified PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors have all been very keen to gain extra skills and qualifications.  Over the last week we have conducted various PADI Specialty Instructor courses and had lots of fun and seen some great sights too…

Simulating an 'Emergency Decompression Stop' during Deep Specialty Instructor training...

 

A thresher shark - spotted during Reef Shark Awareness training...

 

And this little fellow was spotted during the Wreck Specialty training...

 

The new instructors are all now PADI Enriched Air, Wreck and Deep Specialty Instructors and various other courses have been taken by some of them too.  We have also completed training in Digital Underwater Photography, Emergency Oxygen Provider, Underwater Naturalist and of course Reef Shark Awareness.  Over the next couple of days we will also be completing Search & Recovery, Night and Underwater Navigator Specialty training as well as others…

Using a reel during Wreck Specialty training...

 

Help spread the word about the plight of sharks...

 

Earning PADI Specialty Instructor ratings is a great way of improving your dive skills, teaching methods and, perhaps most importantly, of increasing your employability – making it even easier to find that dream job in paradise…

Assembling the oxygen unit whilst 'blindfolded'...

 

There are a couple of PADI Specialty instructor ratings that are also available to PADI Divemasters.  Divemasters can also become qualified to teach the Digital Underwater Photography specialty and the Emergency Oxygen Provider specialty.  If you’re a Divemaster thinking of becoming an instructor in the future and are curious about teaching, then this is a great way to gain some great experience of working with students before completing a PADI Instructor Development Course.

During Digital Underwater Photography training, we had a look at post-dive production, and went from this....
To this...

 

If you like to know more about professional level PADI training, please contact me via e-mail for more info…

 

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Half way there…

Well, the current PADI IDC at Thresher Shark Divers has reached the halfway mark, and everything’s going extremely well.  All the candidates have recorded some very high scores so far, both in the classroom and in the water…

We've heard some awesome classroom presentations...

 

Max demonstrates his skill during the Confined Water presentations...

 

Jo briefs her 'students'...

 

In addition to the mandatory candidate presentations we have also conducted workshops to help the candidates be better prepared for life as a PADI Instructor.  Workshops on CESAs, liftbags and on conducting DSDs have taken place so far, with more planned over the next few days too…

Max getting to grips with the liftbag...

 

And I demonstrate how a C.E.S.A. should look...

 

The weather and conditions have also been near perfect, and here’s hoping it stay like that for the PADI IE to be held here on Malapascua Island on the 28th and 29th October…

October’s PADI IDC is underway…

The October IDC at Thresher Shark Divers is well and truly underway now, and the candidates performed very well today.  Everybody’s been working very hard practicsing skills, rescues and theory exams.  Yesterday morning started in the IDC classroom with me taking a backseat and the candidates each taking a turn at being the ‘instructor’.  We heard some excellent presentations and some very high scores were recorded…

Jo, Ant and Max...

 

Ant shows us 'snorkel/regulator exchange'...

 

Jo's CESA demonstration...

 

In the afternoon, we transferred to confined water and the candidates again played instructor and taught a skill from the Open Water Diver course.  All the candidates are getting to grips with the structure of the presentations, and some more high scores were registered…  ‘Rescues’ were also practised again…

Practising 'rescues'...

 

Max 'rescues' Ant....

 

Today, we once again start in the classroom with another Knowledge Development presentation from Jo, Ant and Max, before venturing out on the boat for more Confined Water Presentations in the afternoon…

A few days ago the candidates all passed their EFR Instructor courses too…

Jo watches Ant perform CPR...

 

Max showing his CPR skills...

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 www.projectaware.org.

PADI IDC In The Philippines…

Our Next PADI IDC In The Philippines…

Thresher Shark Divers, on beautiful Malapascua Island in the Philippines, still has spaces on the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) scheduled to start on 11th October 2011.

The idyllic beach on Malapascua Island…

 

Our dedicated IDC team of experienced PADI Professionals will be there to support you from the moment you arrive at Thresher Shark Divers to the moment you leave.

Debriefing IDC candidates…

 

Our PADI Instructor Courses have been developed to make our candidates well-rounded PADI Instructors who can work anywhere in the world.

You will gain knowledge in areas as diverse as risk management, teaching children, hands-on experience of the business of diving, and PADI standards & procedures.  There will also be lots of practical teaching workshops plus PADI Specialty Instructor training

Help spread the word about shark conservation…

 

Upon successful completion of the PADI Instructor Exam (IE) you will be a certified PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor!

The world can be YOUR oyster…

 

Pre-requisites:

  • You must be a qualified PADI Divemaster (or equivalent)
  • Minimum 100 logged dives
  • Successfully completed a sanctioned CPR & First Aid Course in the last 24 months

So what are you waiting for ?  Come and join us….

Feel free to e-mail me for more details: info@go-pro-in-paradise.com

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