Specialty Instructor training in November 2019, Khao Lak, Thailand

Specialty Instructor training in November 2019, Khao Lak, Thailand

Leon took on his Specialty Instructor training in November 2019, Khao Lak, Thailand. He participated in the March 2019 PADI IDC in Khao Lak. Now it is time to follow up and get wet again. Leon being petty much straight off the plane from Germany, we did 3 days on diving in a row.

Specialty Instructor training in November 2019, Khao Lak, Thailand
Specialty Instructor training in November 2019, Khao Lak, Thailand

A squid joining us during the safety stop at the Thai Mueang wreck

First of all we tackled the Digital underwater photography specialty. Directly followed by Fish ID on the same day. Diving this day is done at the Thai Mueang wreck

Secondly it was time for the deep dive instructor specialty. Kris joined us here for his Nitrox instructor rating. This  day we dive again at the Thai Mueang wreck. Under much better conditions. First of all less waves and secondly better visibility.

Thirdly, we went wreck diving at the artificial reef. As a matter of fact, it is my first dive there! Here we visit the artificial reef.

Specialty Instructor training in November 2019, Khao Lak, Thailand
Specialty Instructor training in November 2019, Khao Lak, Thailand

Leon during his deep dive, showing off the compressed water bottle and a pack of Haribo. The latter was quickly consumed once back on the surface.

Last but not least, we had Ann join us for the Adaptive techniques instructor specialty. This specialty requires classroom presentations and confined water. This is followed by workshops in open water. We dipped in at Khao Lak beach.

As a result we had instructors from Germany, Sweden and the UK join me. As always, a very international affair.

Specialty Instructor training in November 2019, Khao Lak, Thailand
Specialty Instructor training in November 2019, Khao Lak, Thailand

Besides many old army trucks, a wreck and concrete cubicles, there’s more to see and find. Among others you can find this motorbike at the artificial reef.

The adaptive techniques course is always a good one to teach. However, I need at least two participants. hence, I am very pleased that Ann joined us. She staffed a few PADI IDC programs with me on Koh Lanta. Now she just became a PADI Course Director herself.

Consequently, she is very happy that I have the course on offer and can join us. Everybody happy all around. We took plenty of time in the classroom. First of all however, there was the dive center disability check. Like many or almost all dive centers in Thailand, the verdict was not too good. However, a few plus punts stand out as well. It’s spacious inside the center and the big table is easily to be joined by a wheel chair user.

Secondly we blindfolded each participant. One at a time though! As a result, they need to walk blindfolded around the dive center. Consequently the other person needs to guide them around. Very ‘insightful’ and a steep learning curve for both of them.

After that we had a good, fun but thorough confined water session. Very interesting and both learned new things.

The open water workshop is short. At Khao Lak beach you have low visibility guaranteed. We do what needs to be done and get out again swiftly. Still, a very useful dive.

Specialty Instructor training in November 2019, Khao Lak, Thailand
Specialty Instructor training in November 2019, Khao Lak, Thailand

There’s a Jenkins Whip ray living under one of the trucks at the artificial reef. This is the local resident. On the second dive, we spotted a second Jenkins! Nice one.

To sum up, we have three days of diving with Leon. That was fun! This is followed by a day teaching the adaptive techniques course. A perfect way to end this short trip to Khao Lak.

Thanks to PADI 5* IDC Center ‘Sea Dragon’ for having me. Also thanks to Leon, Kris and Ann for joining me. It was fun and a few very enjoyable days.

Specialty Instructor training in November 2019, Khao Lak, Thailand
Specialty Instructor training in November 2019, Khao Lak, Thailand

Ann and Leon during the confined water dive of the adaptive teaching techniques course. Blacked out masks and webbed gloves are among the ‘props’ we use.

Now it’s off to Malapascua in the Philippines. Come 22nd November I have a PADI IDC starting there. In conjunction with PADI IDDR Resort ‘Thresher Cove Resort’. Ann is joining me to staff this IDC program.

My very first PADI IDC of 2020 starts 4th January on Koh Lanta in Thailand. This is in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC center ‘Blue Planet Divers’

It’s more fun in the Philippines! It sure is, since on 6th February and 23rd March PADI IDC programs are starting.

After that I will be back on Koh Lanta and in Khao Lak, both in Thailand.

Contact me for more detailed information on any of these IDC programs.

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