In early March Joseph Mok arrived in Salang to achieve his Rescue and First Responder courses. The Rescue course is the toughest of the non-professional PADI courses in terms of physical fitness. Lifting victims from the sea up to the beach or onto a boat can be strenuous!
It also needs good buoyancy skills, developing navigation skills to the next level and also incorporates some of the skills associated with search and recovery. It would be fair to say that this is a demanding course, and Joseph was up for it all the way!!Rescue and EFR Course Info
Joe and his wife have led an interesting and varied life. Originally from Singapore, they now run a travel service in Bali. Along the way they have travelled and worked in many countries, and their children seem to have inherited the same wanderlust.
After his trip to Tioman, they were off to visit the parents of some of their grandchildren in Canada. Joseph is even planning some cold water diving while he is there. Good luck with that one Joe – go for it!!
The day after Joe left, still in early March, Zoe and Danny committed to their Open Water course. They had been in Salang for some time, and were keen to earn their certification but had been put off by the poor water conditions that we experienced at the beginning of the season.
While conditions were not at their best, since they were running short of cash and time it was now or never!
At different points they both experienced problems with the course. It wasn’t that they had difficulty with specific skills, more a general feeling of being uncomfortable and ill at ease. Being in this alien environment, breathing underwater and having all the equipment on can be a bit daunting at first.
But they were committed to the course and were determined to give it the time it takes. The end result was two happy and competent divers! We had a great day out on the boat in perfect weather and calm water to complete their training.
Welcome to diving, and good luck with the rest of your journey!