Towards the end of February Abdul Haseeb Syed came to Salang to earn his PADI Open Water certificate. While topside the weather was back to normal, the water conditions were still on the tough side. There was still an uncomfortable amount of surge which kept the particles up in the water column, reducing visibility and ‘sucking’ the colour out of the views.
Most Open Water students come without any preconceptions, so while I was a bit anxious for him, for Syed this was his new normal. Being a strong and confident swimmer makes a big difference to how the student perceives the underwater world, and Syed set about mastering the skills and exploring this new environment with a zest!
We finished of his course with a nice day out on the boat exploring a couple of the off shore dive sites and completing the underwater skills set out by PADI. Syed enjoyed the boat as much as I do – so much in fact that I think he now wants to get his skipper’s license!
Right at the end of February Arrienne and Shaffeq came down form Kuala Lumpur to complete their Open Water course. They had already finished the confined water and academic modules of the course at home in KL with my good friend Jon Grevich.
Jon used to work in Salang a few years back and during that time we became good friends and I became confident in his instructor skills. When I set out as an independent instructor it seemed like a good idea to team up with him and offer this kind of service to KL residents. Arrienne and Shaffeq are the first to take up this option and it worked like a dream.
With only four Open Water dives to do, one new skill of navigation we could afford to take our time and enjoy the week end! Two shore dives on day one and two boat dives on day two, produced two happy and confident Open Water divers. Way to go!!
And guys – don’t forget to book that Advanced course this season to take advantage of my special offers!!