IE over…..now to the Technical side

After 3 days away in playa del coco for the IE I returned home and managed to crash pretty quick. However there is never any rest for the wicked in the world of professional diving. The technical diving course, Decompression procedures starts right away! Time to switch over to tech mode!!!

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Exams down…water here we come!

So off to the IE! After saying a fond farewell to boss of the shop, Damien the dive dog ; ) the candidates and myself started the 4 hour trip up to Coco for the IE. We managed to squeeze in a stop to look at the crocs hanging out in Tarcoles before arriving in [...]

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And so it wraps up….

So the final day of the first official IDC at Oceans Unlimited drew to a close today. The morning finished on a good note with some great prescriptive presentations. Everyone breathed a collectively sigh of relief but only for a day as on Monday the IE will begin. Well done guys!! Even Damien was a [...]

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Confined water with dramatic effect!

A usual early start at 8(ish!) started well. Expectations are high as the IDC starts to wrap up. The last inwater training session began in the afternoon as the storm clouds started to roll in. With 2 presentations each there was a relaxed atmosphere and we decided to throw some creative and dramatic affects into [...]

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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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