After all the hubbub surrounding the weekend’s whale shark diving, the Borneo IDC candidates returned to doing what they’re here for: developing as PADI Open Water Instructors.
The rest of Saturday was spent in the shallow lagoon in front of our PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre on Gaya island, demonstrating and perfecting essential skills and working through some problem scenarios.
Under the supervision of resident PADI Course Director Richard Swann and Downbelow’s Go Pro Team, the candidates showed their confined open water skills set, fin pivots and buddy breathing.
The Borneo Instructor Development Course also deals with problem scenarios, which the candidates have to show they can deal with.
How to use a free-flow reg for breathing, for instance, is an important skill, which needs to be effectively taught to new divers.
Alternating between roleplaying having the problem and providing the solution, the candidates illustrated using alternate regs, surfacing an unconscious diver and the controlled emergency swimming ascent (CESA).
All-in-all it was an exciting first day here in Sabah, Borneo on the February Instructor Development Course, and we look forward to the next week and half.