AWARE Shark Conservation Specialty

The Project AWARE Shark Conservation course is now being taught at Go Pro In Paradise – both at diver level and at instructor level.  Julie completed her IDC with me earlier this year, and now she has also completed her MSDT Prep – taking five Specialty Instructor Training Courses with me.  Along with Deep, Digital Underwater Photography, Emergency Oxygen Provider, Wreck and Nitrox, Julie also wished to help spread the word about the issues facing the world’s shark population…

PADI IDC Thailand Phuket, Koh Phi Phi, Koh Lanta, Krabi, Sharks
Leopard shark at Shark Point

 

The AWARE Shark Conservation course is an excellent way for us to help educate divers about the plight of sharks.  Being an AWARE Shark Conservation Diver Instructor gives us an idea platform from which to educate our students.  The AWARE Shark Conservation specialty can also be taught with the Advanced Open Water course, as an elective Adventure Dive during that course.

During the course students learn why sharks are so important to the marine ecosystems, what the threats are to them, and what we can do to help…

PADI IDC Thailand, MSDT, AWARE Shark Conservation Spoecialty
Julie noting the shark’s size and species…

 

As an instructor, this is a very versatile Specialty that we can teach in a variety of ways.  We can teach the course as a standard two-dive PADI Specialty, with Knowledge Development.  We can just teach the Knowledge Development side of this course, to raise awareness too.  When we teach Knowledge Development only, we can issue a wall certificate to acknowledge the students participation and understanding.  We also have the option of including AWARE Shark Conservation as an optional dive towards the Advanced Open Water or Adventure Diver certifications…

PADI IDC Thailand, Project AWARE, Shark Conservation Specialty
The certificate for Knowledge Development participants…

 

During our AWARE Shark Conservation Specialty Instructor training course, we had a great day out on the boat.  For this course, we completed a memorable dive at Shark Point, a stunning dive site situated between Koh Phi Phi and Phuket.

The dive started better than we could have imagined.  Before we even started our descent, we had spotted our first shark.  Looking down from the surface we spotted a leopard shark nestled on the bottom, relaxing at 6m.  We made a nice, controlled descent, to avoid spooking it, and then went about our business of identifying the shark to species and gender.  We also estimated its size, and had a look for any signs of ‘non-natural injuries’ to the shark.

PADI IDC thailand, Shark Conservation, Specialty Instructor
Injuries to the leopard shark’s tail…

 

As the dive progressed, we managed to find another two leopard sharks on the dive site.  One of which we were lucky enough to see free-swimming about the reef.  With its elongated caudal fin, a free-swimming leopard shark is a beautiful sight…

After such a fantastic day out on the boat, upon return to the dive centre we chatted about our findings, and then after a little bit of paperwork it was time to celebrate finishing the course.  Congratulations Julie, on becoming an AWARE Shark Conservation Specialty Instructor, and here’s hoping you go on to spread the word and help the sharks of the world in your diving future…

If the AWARE Shark Conservation course, or any other, interest you, then drop me an e-mail or use our contact form for further information…

PADI IDC Thailand
Follow me on Facebook too…

 

Advertisements

The current IDC on Koh Phi Phi is in full swing…

We’ve reached the half-way point of the current PADI IDC on Koh Phi Phi, Thailand.  All the candidates are progressing very well, and have been recording some excellent scores along the way.  We still have another week to polish the presentations before the PADI Examiner comes to Phi Phi for the Instructor Examinations, and then it will be time to celebrate…

PADI IDC Thailand Koh Phi Phi
Knowledge Development Presentations

 

The IDC started with a three-day ‘Prep Course’, when we practised some skill circuits and theory exams.  We also ran some Rescue and Search & Recovery Workshops to make sure the candidates’ were comfortable with everything that could feature in the Instructor Examinations.

PADI IDC Thailand Koh Phi Phi
Skill Circuit

 

PADI IDC Thailand Koh Phi Phi
Rescue Workshop

 

PADI IDC Thailand Koh Phi Phi
Search & Recovery Workshop

 

Over the next few days we starting looking at how to deliver classroom and in-water teaching presentations, and everybody has performed exceedingly well, with some very high scores achieved.

PADI IDC Thailand Koh Phi Phi
Excellent scores from Confined Water presentations…

 

Today is the half-way point, and the candidates excellent efforts have been rewarded with a ‘study day’, and then tomorrow we’re back in the classroom to continue the course.  Over the next few days we will be seeing some more teaching presentations from the candidates, and well as teaching some more workshops designed to help the candidates operate as confident and capable instructors in the ‘real world’ after certification.

PADI IDC Thailand Koh Phi Phi
C.E.S.A. Workshop

 

The next PADI IDC on Koh Phi Phi is scheduled to begin on September 23rd.  if you too would like to make the step up and become a PADI SCUBA diving instructor, and swap your office for the ocean, then get in touch via our contact form, or by sending an e-mail, and we can let you know how the process works…

PADI IDC Thailand
Follow me on Facebook too…

 

Upcoming PADI IDC Courses in Thailand

The end of 2013 is already edging nearer.  And high season on the west coast of Thailand is even closer.  So this is the perfect time to come and take your PADI IDC in Thailand with Platinum PADI Course Director Richard Reardon.

PADI IDC Thailand Koh Phi Phi Koh Lanta

The next IDC is only a few days away, but we have another three IDCs scheduled after this one on Koh Lanta and Koh Phi Phi.  With high season just around the corner too, it is a great time to take your IDC as employment opportunities are very good.  Koh Lanta and Koh Phi Phi both have a high season running from November through to May and there will be large numbers of students passing through just waiting to explore the beauty hidden beneath the Andaman Sea.

PADI IDC Thailand Koh Lanta Koh Phi Phi
Five happy new PADI instructors

 

The diving from these two beautiful islands is ideal for the novice diver, and a great place to begin teaching.  Water temperatures hover close to 30° year round, visibility averages 20m, the currents are mild and the marine life exquisite.

PADI IDC Thailand Koh Phi Phi Koh Lanta Phuket Krabi
Leopard shark at Shark Point

 

So, if you’re looking to ‘Go Pro In Paradise‘ and change your lifestyle to become a PADI diving instructor, use our contact form or send us an e-mail for further information on how you can exchange your office for the ocean…

 

PADI IDC Thailand
Follow me on Facebook too…

The June PADI IDC on Koh Phi Phi is done and dusted…

We have just completed another successful PADI IDC/IE in paradise.  The IDC held at 5★ IDC Centre Phi Phi Barakuda in Thailand has been fun, and following the IE, we now have another three PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors in our midst…

PADI IDC Thailand, Koh Phi Phi
Three happy new instructors !

 

The IDC began on June 3rd, and after a few days of ‘prep course’ got into full swing.  We had lots of fun both in the classroom and in the water.  After a few skill circuits and rescue practises, Darrius, Annika and Laurie were ready to deliver some teaching presentations of their own…

PADI IDC Thailand, Koh Phi Phi
Teaching in Confined Water…

 

PADI IDC Thailand, Koh Phi Phi
Teaching Knowledge Development presentations…

 

PADI IDC Thailand, Koh Phi Phi
Knot-tying in Open Water…

 

Throughout the IDC, and indeed the IE, the candidates recorded some very impressive scores.  And now they can relax in the knowledge that all the hard work has paid off, and can concentrate on getting their first students underwater…

PADI IDC Thailand, Koh Phi Phi
The happy new instructors smiling after the final water session…

 

Next up we will be undertaking some PADI Specialty Instructor training.  All three candidates will be completing MSDT Prep to become qualified to teach five PADI Specialty courses.  We will be training in AWARE Shark Conservation, Digital Underwater photography, Deep, Nitrox and AWARE Fish IDC specialties.

If you too would like to swap your office for the ocean and become a PADI SCUBA diving instructor, then e-mail me or use our contact form for further information. My next PADI IDC will be starting on June 27th in conjunction with 5★ IDC Centre Phi Phi Barakuda

Follow me on Facebook too…

AWARE Shark Conservation Specialty

The Project AWARE Shark Conservation course is now being taught at Phi Phi Barakuda – both at diver level and at instructor.  Julie completed her IDC with me earlier this year, and now she has also completed her MSDT Prep – taking five Specialty Instructor Training Courses with me.  Along with Deep, Digital Underwater Photography, Emergency Oxygen Provider, Wreck and Nitrox, Julie also wished to help spread the word about the issues facing the world’s shark population…

PADI IDC Thailand
Leopard shark at Shark Point

 

The AWARE Shark Conservation course is an excellent way for us to help educate divers about the plight of sharks.  Being an AWARE Shark Conservation Diver Instructor gives us an idea platform from which to educate our students.  The AWARE Shark Conservation specialty can also be taught with the Advanced Open Water course, as an elective Adventure Dive during that course.

During the course students learn why sharks are so important to the marine ecosystems, what the threats are to them, and what we can do to help…

PADI IDC Thailand
Julie noting the shark’s size and species…

 

As an instructor, this is a very versatile specialty that we can teach in a variety of ways.  We can teach the course as a standard two-dive PADI Specialty, with Knowledge Development.  We can just teach the Knowledge Development side of this course, to raise awareness too.  When we teach Knowledge Development only, we can issue a wall certificate to acknowledge the students participation and understanding.  We also have the option of including AWARE Shark Conservation as an optional dive towards the Advanced Open Water or Adventure Diver certifications…

PADI IDC Thailand
The certificate for Knowledge Development participants…

 

During our AWARE Shark Conservation Specialty Instructor training course, we had a great day out on the boat.  For this course, we completed a memorable dive at Shark Point, a stunning dive site situated between Koh Phi Phi and Phuket.

The dive started better than we could have imagined.  Before we even started our descent, we had spotted our first shark.  Looking down from the surface we spotted a leopard shark nestled on the bottom, relaxing at 6m.  We made a nice, controlled descent, to avoid spooking it, and then went about our business of identifying the shark to species and gender.  We also estimated its size, and had a look for any signs of ‘non-natural injuries’ to the shark.

PADI IDC Thailand - Koh Lanta & Koh Phi Phi
Injuries to the leopard shark’s tail…

 

As the dive progressed, we managed to find another two leopard sharks on the dive site.  One of which we were lucky enough to see free-swimming about the reef.  With its elongated caudal fin, a free-swimming leopard shark is a beautiful sight…

After such a fantastic day out on the boat, upon return to the dive centre we chatted about our findings, and then after a little bit of paperwork it was time to celebrate finishing the course.  Congratulations Julie, on becoming Phi Phi Barakuda’s first AWARE Shark Conservation Specialty Instructor student, and here’s hoping you go on to spread the word and help the sharks of the world in your diving future…

If the AWARE Shark Conservation course, or any other, interest you, then drop me an e-mail or use our contact form for further information…

PADI IDC Thailand
Follow me on Facebook too…

 

‘End Of Season’ Special !!!

Diving instructor courses Thailand
Special ‘end of season’ offer – FREE MSDT Prep !

 

To celebrate a great high season, we will be running a special offer for the next PADI IDC on Koh Phi Phi, Thailand.  The next course will be starting on June 3rd in conjunction with PADI 5 Star IDC Centre Phi Phi Barakuda.  For this course only, all candidates will receive free MSDT Prep training (usually 20,000 Thai Baht) in five Specialty areas for FREE ! (PADI application fees still apply though)

The MSDT Prep involves in-water training with Platinum PADI Course Director Richard Reardon for five PADI Specialty courses.  When you complete PADI Specialty Instructor training with a Course Director, you can start teaching these courses as soon as you have teaching status following the IE.

PADI IDC Thailand
Wreck Specialty Instructor Training in Koh Phi Phi

 

You can choose which Specialty Instructor ratings you’d like to be able to teach from the list below:

  • Enriched Air Instructor
  • Emergency Oxygen Provider Instructor
  • Deep Diver Instructor
  • AWARE Shark Conservation Distinctive Instructor
  • AWARE Fish ID Instructor
  • Drift Diver Instructor
  • Wreck Specialist Instructor
  • Digital Underwater Photography Instructor
  • Search & Recovery Instructor
  • Underwater Navigator Instructor
  • Underwater Naturalist Instructor
  • Night Diver Instructor
  • Boat Diver Instructor
  • Multilevel Diver Instructor
  • Reef Shark Awareness Distinctive Instructor
  • SMB Diver Instructor

To take advantage of this special offer, please get in touch with us stating that you heard about this offer here.  You can e-mail or use our contact form

PADI IDC Thailand
Follow me on Facebook too…

 

How big is your sausage ?

Is yours a big one ?  Can your Captain spot it in bad weather ?  Surface Markers Buoys (SMBs), also know as ‘safety sausages’, are a vital piece of SCUBA safety equipment.  Every diver should carry one.  They come in a variety of different colours, shapes, sizes and we even have different methods for using them…

SMB Diver Instructor training, Thailand
SMBs make it easy to be spotted on the surface…

 

Some SMBs are made from plastic, and are designed for use on the surface only.  They are normally inflated by putting one end under water and purging the second stage inside to inflate it.  These inflated tubes are normally about 2m (6 feet) tall.  When not in use, safety sausages roll up and fit in a BCD pocket. Commercial boat dive operations, especially at offshore reefs or areas known for strong currents or mercurial weather, may require divers to carry safety sausages at all times as a precaution.

A delayed surface marker buoy (dSMB) is similar to a surface marker buoy, but is deployed whilst the diver is still submerged and generally only towards the end of the dive.  These marker buoys are made of a stronger, fabric material so they don’t burst as the air expands during their journey to the surface.  The buoy marks the diver’s position underwater so the boat safety cover can locate the diver even though the diver may have drifted some distance from the dive site while doing safety stops or decompression stops. A reel and line, or just a 6m line, is used to keep the buoy upright on the surface.

SMBs
Available in a variety of ‘high-vis’ colours…

 

There are at least four methods of keeping the air in the inflated SMB. The buoy can be:

  • open ended (preferably with small independent weight or line to keep the opening submerged to prevent the air escaping);
  • open ended self-sealing buoys (the air in the buoy expands as the buoy ascends sealing a neck at the bottom of the buoy);
  • sealed, with an inflation valve and a pressure relief valve;
  • sealed, with a built in air supply and a pressure relief valve.

Divers of some training organisations carry two differently coloured deco buoys underwater so that they can signal to their surface support for help and still remain underwater decompressing. For example, in some circles in Europe, a red buoy indicates normal decompression and a yellow buoy indicates a problem, such as shortage of gas, that the surface support should investigate and resolve. Although in other circles, two buoys (any colour) up one line means the same, currently the protocol is not universally accepted even within Europe.

Personally, I like to deploy my SMB on every dive from depth.  Using a reel, I can deploy my SMB from 10m+, before ascending to 5m for my safety stop.  I find this especially useful if diving in strong currents, in areas with heavy boat traffic or when diving with student divers.

PADI SMB Diver Specialty Instructor
Holding onto a reel in the blue…

 

Learning to use an SMB is an essential skill in diving.  Do  not rely on your Divemaster to do this for you, as you never know when you could become separated from a group underwater.  The PADI Delayed SMB Diver Specialty course is a great way of getting to grips with this skill.  During this course you will get to use different types of SMB and will use different methods of deployment, and will help you become a safer diver !

If you’d like to add this skill to your diving repertoire, or are an instructor who’d like to gain the Delayed SMB Diver Specialty Instructor rating to be able to teach this useful course, then drop me an e-mail, or use our contact form, to learn more. Delayed SMB Diver Specialty Instructors are also authorised to add this as an Adventure Dive option during their Advanced Open Water Courses…

PADI IDC Thailand
Follow me on Facebook too…