Why you should pick a two dive course package.

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What are the advantages of a two dive course package

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Yes, a two dive course package is to an extent a marketing technique, so let’s deal with this issue first. I want to continue as an instructor, and to do that I have to sell. Since a two course package is priced lower than the two courses sold separately, I increase my turnover but reduce my percentage of profit. Overall there is a financial benefit to me.

From the diver’s perspective, they get to do two courses at a reduced cost. Although it takes more time, there is the added bonus that travel time and expenses are divided by two. So there is also a financial gain to be had by the student, but crucially there is a strong element of both sides winning in this scenario.

But it goes much deeper than that.

Let’s have a look at a few examples of two dive course packages to illustrate what I mean. The Rescue Diver Course and the Emergency First Responder Course go together like a hand and glove. While helping a fellow diver in difficulty is a good aim in itself, if you can’t offer First Aid, you might be leaving the task half finished. If I was involved in rescuing an injured diver I would certainly want to be able to offer some emergency medical help until more able people arrived.  

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Underwater Photography Courses and the Peak Performance Buoyancy Course is another good example of the synergy between two different courses. Buoyancy control is fundamental to all diving, but is of critical importance to the photographer. A photographer with poor buoyancy control might still be having fun and getting good ‘snap’ shots, but he will not be able to create the image he is looking for. If he or she doesn’t have control over his own position how can compose and frame the shot?

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Hiro packaged his Nitrox course with my distinctive underwater photography course.

He also increases the chance of accidentally hurting himself. Without good control of your position in the water, and with all your attention focused on the subject, it is easy to drift onto some harmful marine feature. Poor buoyancy control by photographers also leads to damage to the marine environment – the very environment that he is trying to record, and which provides him with his image.

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My favourite two dive course package is the Open Water and Advance Open Water combination. I did these two courses at different times in different locations with different instructors, and I imagine that is how most people complete them. However, the advantages of doing them back to back go beyond the benefits described at the beginning of this article.

Repetition of new skills is fundamental to long term memory. So just by assembling the equipment, making entries, descents, assents and exits the new diver builds familiarity and expertise.

It also allows both me and the student to integrate the two courses into one learning experience. The skills must be learnt in the correct order, but it does enable me to hook up the two courses into a more comprehensive package. This applies to both the skills and the knowledge.

What I mean by this is that when we are planning the Deep Dive of the Advanced course we can cover and elaborate on the dive tables and dive planning skills learnt in the Open Water course. During say the Peak Performance Buoyancy dive we can also look at Open Water skills performed in the hover or whilst moving.

Open and Advanced Course Package


While course content is fixed by PADI, repetition and emphasis can be used in a more flexible and individual student centered way. As with the financial benefit, these points work both ways in that the student can have more input into how the courses are conducted.

During 2016 the sea has washed away some of the sand from the lower parts of the beach. This has uncovered some of the rocks below and has made the beach more difficult to cross in bare feet. So I strongly advise participants to bring a pair of flip flops to wear into the water until we are up to our chests. You can then float, take of your flip flops and put on your fins.

There is also a continuum to the learning process. If there are big gaps in time during the learning, this can lead to forgetfulness and hesitancy, whereas if the learning process is maintained it becomes easier to acquire new skills so bringing a massive boost in confidence.

Brand new for 2017 I am launching a Premium Service version of Scuba Guru’s dive offerings! The central idea is that those who select to use the Premium Service will have me exclusively during the course of their stay here in Salang. Whether for fun dives or diving courses I will take on no other customers than the Premium booking. Now that is truly unique to Scuba Guru! To find out more click the button below:

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Time is always a problem, while the pace of life just seems to get faster year by year. But to lead a balanced life everyone needs ‘you’ time – the space to develop different skills and take on new experiences. So go on, invest some time in yourself and go for it!

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