Week 3 of my dive master training was full of tests and assessments, in the water and on land.
One experience that stands out is the equipment exchange underwater which would be a little tricky even without instructors causing a few extra problems. Not to mention underwater mapping which is definitely a fun experience – you think you’ve drawn the dive site on your underwater slate and then you look at it on the surface and can’t make sense of it!
I also had a chance to help our compressor technicians inspect and clean the scuba cylinders we use. They need a visual inspection (basically a look inside) every year and a hydrostatic (pressure) test every five years. In the picture you see dive guide Murry and myself cleaning impurities off the inside of a cylinder.
What’s more, I’ve started assisting instructors Dion and Yvonne with their courses. One of the highlights was assisting on a recent PADI Rescue Diver course: having practised rescue scenarios myself a few times recently, I finally got rescued by students CJ and Becky. Yvonne tells me that our senior dive guide Rolly was not so lucky the next day. Suffice to say, all is well and a lot of laughter was heard from the pool and the boat – it was great to get involved in real underwater teaching.