Early March – PADI Rescue, EFR and Open Water

In New Divers by Grahame Massicks2 Comments

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Joseph Mok

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!!

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Zoe and Danny

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.

Open Water Course Info

Welcome to diving, and good luck with the rest of your journey!

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John, Zoe and Danny

Comments

  1. Hi Grahame,

    Me and wifey arrived in Taiwan a week ago and now busying baby sitting our new born grand-Daughter. We have booked to dive from some of the island here in Penghu and Green Island (Taiwan) next month (May). After that we will be spending about 12 hours in a plane to get to Vancouver. Yes, looking forward to my first experience in COOL water when I’m there.

    Till we come back to Asia (maybe 2017), do take care and enjoy your professional teaching.

    P.S: Remember to take your Fish Oil (Omega) regularly to strengthen your knees.

    1. Hi Joseph,

      I am onto the fish oil! Daily doses of cod liver oil plus a spoonful of concentrated Pomegranate juice – lets hope it does me some good!

      You guys take care until we can meet up again!

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