Posted February 19th in Diving Courses
Pictured: Koh Tao Diving Course; Instructor Isabelle with students Petra, Maaike & Bas plus assistant Aaron.
For the past few days instructor Isabelle has been running the PADI Open Water Diver Course for Petra, Maaike and Bas. Assisted by Divemaster internship candidate Aaron, the gang qualify as PADI Open Water Divers able to dive to 18M anywhere worldwide.
The course starts off in the classroom, where you learn about the aquatic environment and how scuba gear works. We then move to the swimming pool where you take your first underwater breaths and get to grips operating scuba gear underwater. This involves practicing lots of underwater skills to build confidence; Mask clearing, regulator clearing, buoyancy practice such as fin pivots and hovering, using signals to communicate, alternate air source drills and much more.
Then time for the best bit. Four open water dives exploring the coral reefs and pinnacles around Koh Tao. Dive time depends on how you get on underwater. If you stay calm, maintain steady controlled breathing and explore at a relaxing pace, a good target for your first dives is about 45 minutes bottom time. We also repeat a few of the skills from your shallow water session to reinforce what you’ve learned.
This time round Patra, Maaike and Bas got to make their open water dives at the Japanese Gardens, Sairee Reef, Twins and White Rock dive sites off Koh Tao, checking out the corals and amazing marine life. The gang did a great job and qualify as competent open water divers 🙂
Interested in learning how to scuba dive? Koh Tao Diving Course.
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