A Busy Start to August
I had a very busy start to August! I already had two Open Water courses booked in back to back when Maria A Laborde Algarin started emailing me with a request for the Emergency First Responder and Rescue Diver Package.
I knew I would be hard pressed to run all these courses at the same time. Initially I tried to get her to alter the dates. Maria, who runs the travel blog Latin Abroad, couldn’t alter the dates she was available. So I then tried to persuade her to do a couple of specialty courses, maybe Enriched Air and one of my distinctive photo courses, which I have on special offer for the rest of the 2015 season. But Maria is a determined lady, knew what she wanted so I agreed – the customer is always right! What choice did I have since she was recommended by my first student of this year, Derek Freal of the Holidaze!
So Abdul Hannan Bin Zulkarnain and Chang Qi You began their Open Water and Maria started the next day. Hannan and Louis, as Chang Qi is called, are a couple of fun guys who were really up for it. When we went out on the boat, Maria came with us, and the guys were more than willing to act as ‘victims’ for her to practice on.
This was great for both the courses, since Maria could watch my demonstrations on the guys, and then I could give her feedback when she performed the skills. While the guys got to see one of the best of PADI’s continuing education course from the ‘inside’!
Luckily Maria bought her determination with her and successfully completed her courses the following day. She exceeded her own expectations and left with a great feeling of achievement. You can read her opinion on my Testimonial page here.
No sooner had Hannan and Louis said their goodbyes than Billy Loh Rong Shun, Pang Chai Hoong, Pang Kian Hua, and Wong Zheng Wei Eric arrived to begin their Open Water courses! After several three and four dive days I was starting to feel the pace, but this new group of Malaysians kept me at it! They were very keen to learn, and despite some difficulties with one or two skills, they all met PADI requirements and left as certified Divers. Happy days!