16
Jun

Aramoana Wrecks - A Changing Environment

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A few Dive Otago Club members have recently dived the legendary Mokoia and I believe it would be prudent to pass on their observations of the sunken hulk itself. To catch our readers up to speed, the Aramoana Mole is the final resting place of several 100 metre long Iron and Wooden beamed steamships, each with a history that is steeped in the World Wars as troop ships, and were also used as passenger transport ships through the Pacific. The wrecks, when no longer required, were scuttled on the harbour side of Mole and now serve a great and necessary ‘Duality’. The first is way they hinder the effects of most erosion from the Mole structure itself by acting as giant wave energy absorbers, and they also serve as a fantastic training site for our up and coming SCUBA enthusiasts based in our local area.

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13
Jun

Free Diving or Spearfishing after Scuba Diving

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All the time just as we’re about to head over to Milford Sound we get students asking “Can I go for a quick spearo on our surface intervals?”

Free diving after SCUBA is a big no no! But why?

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03
Jun

Graduation - Diploma in Professional Scuba Instruction (August 2014 Group)

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A HUGE Congratulations to our August Diploma of Professional Scuba Instruction students for achieving their qualification at the end of an awesome year here at Dive Otago. A few nights ago we hosted their graduation ceremony where some of their tutors shared with the students’ friends and families a hilarious handful of stories and a few crazy photos all illustrating and highlighting the epic journey these guys (and gal) have had in the last year with us. We are sure that those who choose to head down the Scuba Instruction path are very well prepared to deal with one of the most exciting and fulfilling jobs one could hope for in their lifetime and Dive Otago wishes them the best of luck on their next adventure.

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05
May

PADI Member Forum at Dive Otago

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On Thursday 30th April Dive Otago hosted a PADI Member Forum conducted by NZ Regional Manager Jen Clent. 

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21
Mar

Day #2 - PADI Course Director Training Course Malaysia ByTracey Channon

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So day 2 started off way better than day one.  Everyone at breakfast was chirpy and enthusiastic - nerves all but vanished.  We started off with Suzanne from PADI Bristol Office take us through the Project AWARE IDC Presentation that we can deliver to Instructor Candidates.  Was so informative and interesting - did you know the biggest player in the shark finning industry isn't an Asian country - its Spain!!!  They provide over 25% of the shark fin to the Asian market.  I was shocked.  We talked a lot about the importance of our role as Course Directors in protecting our underwater offices.
 
The morning carried on with mock Knowledge Development presentations from the PADI staff which we all marked to practice our evaluation techniques.  This was so valuable all the unanswered questions I have had over the years to do with marking candidates have been answered.  I think I learnt a lot but was also nice to know everyone else in the world seemed to have the same questions.  
 
The afternoon started with how to counsel students in ways to make them feel OK about their progress then it was off to the pool.
The pool didn't start the way you would probably think - it started with absolutely taking over the kids water park and having a individual photo shoot coming down the slide then team photos under the big bucket of water that drops on you - creating a conducive learning environment they called it.
We then went through Rescue Exercise number seven where they demo'd for us techniques and tips for this exercise.  Again really valuable but good to know we are doing everything correctly here.
 
Lastly we did some mock marking of confined water presentations.  Was great to see how some of the skills are conducted by the best of the best from PADI - I might be in a bit of trouble though - I handed out a Star 1 to the Instructor for breach of standards!  Hope that doesn't come back to bite me - PS he totally deserved it.
Well that's it for today, tomorrow we start marketing and my first presentation! Confined water skill - LPI removal underwater.
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