21
Mar

Milford Trip Report - Diploma Practicum January 2015

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August Diploma in Professional Scuba Instruction

One of the highlights of the year for our Diploma in Professional Scuba Diving Instruction students is our off site Practicum which in the last several years has been to Milford Sound. Fiordland boasts some of New Zealand’s most epic scenery above the water and below that same water is a mind blowing variety of spectacular dive spots.

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18
Mar

Day 1- PADI Course Directors Course by Tracey Channon

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So day #1 has drawn to a close.  This morning I woke an absolute bundle of nerves.  Walking in to the room I was feeling pretty sick and the first presentation was all about making us feel more relaxed - I just felt worse.  Standing up and introducing myself to the 41 other candidates, 8 PADI Staff, 5 Interpreters and several Borneo Divers staff was absolutely terrifying - I don't remember seeing a single face while I was talking!!!b2ap3_thumbnail_CDTC-Day-1-2-copy.jpg
 
After Alan went through the schedule though things started to feel a bit better.  I have been assigned to the Green Team.  Our first mission was to rename our team - we became Berjaya Green which is Malay for successful.  Fingers crossed that name helps us over the line.
 
The afternoon started with marking the exams we did before arriving - tick in that box apparently I know my standards.  Then into the pool for a skill circuit.  Some of you will remember Thomas who came to an IE recently in Dunedin - he was our staff member for this.  We only did 12 of the 24 skills.  
 
That was it for today - I think they were just easing us into it.  Tomorrow we look at Project AWARE and do some evaluation training in both the classroom and confined water - we get to marker the instructors.  But for now its off to the Night one social on the beach to have a few drinks as the sunsets.
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13
Mar

Ahoy from Sipidan! Tracey's grand adventure.

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As some of you may already know Tracey Channon our resident Master Instructor has this year, been selected to attend a PADI Course Director Course in Kota Kinabalu on the northwest coast of Borneo in Malaysia. This week, prior to her course starting her course, Tracey has taken some time to dive the islands of Mabul, Kapalai and Sipadan.

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26
Jan

Our Sea Your Say – Otago Marine Protected Areas Questionnaire

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Our Sea Your Say – Otago Marine Protected Areas Questionnaire

Otago’s South East Marine Protection Forum,  is considering where and what sort of marine protection is needed in Otago.  The Forum has launched a questionnaire to help it find out how people value/use the coast, from Timaru to Waipapa, how the environment has changed over time, what threatens the values  and what sort of protection is needed.  The results from the questionnaire will be used to help design a network of marine protected areas, and build a data base of people who want to be involved in ongoing consultation.  This is an important opportunity to have your say, there will be more, but the results of this survey will start shaping the design of any proposed protected areas.

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13
Jan

Learning The Tangled Ropes of Knot Tying

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There is more to diving than meets the eye. While you must know your way around a tank, there are many other aspects that you will become more familiar with the more frequently you dive. It helps to have a number of skills that at first glance you may not assume have anything to do with the quality of your dive. Whether you are venturing out to sea with a guided group or you are exploring the open waters with one or two other divers, it is important to know a few things about knots. As a highly valued skill in sailing, it is no surprise that it comes up so frequently in diving situations as well. Tying down the boat to a mooring or laying a penetration line for a wreck dive are just a few examples of when you may want to know how to tighten up these 5 knots.
Bowline Knot
Bowline Knot The “every knot.” A bowline creates a reliable but easily untied loop. If you have time to master only one type of knot, put your skills into the bowline.

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