Swim test and some (BAD) karaoke

The IDC is starting to draw to an end now and today was the last presentations in open water. After some nice rain a couple of days previous the ocean was calm and the visibility decent. The key lesson today was practicing descents and controlling students which proved to be quite tough, especially when you [...]

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Superspeedy diver tows!

Another beautiful day in Costa Rica, sunny and bright, but our studious candidates were busy with their heads buried in books for the day! Typical, when it rains you're outside, when its sunny, you're in! Other students were out on the boat today to witness Divemaster trainee Anton produce a supersonic Stamina test! He must [...]

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The OWSI begins and a chance to see some serious rust!

The first official day of the OWSI portion of the IDC at Oceans Unlimited. We got straight into the heavy duty with talks on Dive Industry trends followed by Standards and Procedures. These were then broken up when a local diver came to the shop with three very old looking tanks requesting for their inspection. [...]

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Emergency First Response Instructor Course

We took a break from the IDC today and worked on our first aid skills with the EFR Instructor course. Whilst the morning was spent studying hard the afternoon involved skill practice and coaching sections. Novel problems and laughter ensued as we were faced with upside down baby mannakins and AED pads placed on the [...]

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Open Water rocking and rolling

An overcast morning turned into sunshine and blue skies as our intreped IDC candidates started the first open water preparation. Some unexpected currents made the descent workshop impossible at first, however the CESA workshop, though challenging was successful. Good to try a new skill in tough conditions, you will always learn more from it! Our [...]

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Day 3 IDC and some confined assessments

Day 3 of the IDC at Oceans Unlimited in Costa Rica dawned sunny and bright. After a full day in the classroom yesterday we were eagerly looking forward to getting wet today in the confined water. After some great presentations from the guys on Search patterns and ascents we headed up to the pool. For [...]

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Day 2 and Damiens nose

OKay, we finished our second day of the IDC. After a full day in the classroom, interaction was the key. Morning was spent preparing knowledge presentation and discussing Discover Scuba Diving followed by Confined water discussions in the afternoon. After spending the first day outside, Damien decided that he would prefer the air conditioning and [...]

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IDC Day 1

New Instructors here we go! Day 1 of the IDC begins. On a bright and sunny day everyone sat down with their loaded crewpacks and materials looking through the schedule with anticipation about what is to come. Assignments were handed out intros made and the day was rounded out with a well done skill circuit. [...]

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blending some voodoo mix!

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Welcome

I'm going to keep this short and relatively sweet I hope! Costa Rica the pacific coast home of big fish as well as little fish. On the central pacific coast is a big dive center known as Oceans Unlimited which is where I am based. My plan is to introduce as many people as possible [...]

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