IDC Diary – Day 9

Imagine these two different scenarios: A coach on a team of young kids that takes 45 minutes briefing them about how to play, let them practice for 45 min and them spend more 15 minutes talking after the match about the next training, or either a coach that let them play for 1:30h and them spend about 20 minutes debriefing after a assessment of the kids skills. In which case you think it would make a better reference to the Adventures in Diving program? That was the question we used today for starting the workshops!

But that was only after coming back from the pool. This morning we finished our confined water skills presentation and had some good time practicing again the rescue skills. We also had a quick demonstration and practice of the main IDC knots underwater. There are 3 knots we need to mastery for the IE: the bowline, the sheet bend and the two half hitches . You can learn better about them in this link: https://richcoast.wordpress.com/2013/09/30/idc-tying-knots/

IDC tying knots
IDC Skills Confined water IDC Skills Confined water IDC Skills Confined water IDC Skills Confined waterIDC Skills Confined water
We also had some time during the end of the pool session to demonstrate a DSD briefing by the pool. Doing the brief by the pool it’s a good application of the PADI Dive Today program, which focus on bringing the students to the closer diving ambient as possible. The students have a better learning performance when they’re having fun, and bringing them to the pool right away might surprise them and get them quickly involved into it.

Back to the class, but before, we need a short break after those 8 days of hard work around Rich Coast 🙂
IDC Candidates having a break IDC Candidates having a break IDC Candidates having a break

After recharging the batteries we started discussing the PADI adventures in Diving and the Advanced Diver Program. Brenda started the discussion presenting the situation I mentioned above. That situation can exemplify the relation between the Open Water Students and the need for a longer briefing and the Adventurer Divers who already have the necessary skills to dive and just want to improve on some aspects. And diving is something that you learn by practicing, so this program fits exactly to those needs. This course is focuses on entry-level divers that, once they feel comfortable, will want to conquer new tasks and experience new adventures. The five goals of the program are:

  • Provide divers a structured well supervised means to sample activities
  • Provide divers with means to increase skills and experience under supervision
  • Allow divers to engage in underwater activities for specific geographical regions
  • Provide divers with a taste of PADI special diver courses
  • Be convenient, enjoyable and fun

The main difference between the Adventures in diving and the Advanced Diver programs are that the advanced requires 2 special certifications, the Underwater navigation and the deep dive. So it’s a very interesting program to offer your recent graduated Open Water students, just by presenting them with a opportunity to enhance their new skills and improve their dive like with the Peak Performance Buoyancy adventure dive for example, or by informing them about how will those dives credit toward their Advanced Diver training later on. For promoting the Advance Open Water is also easy, because lots of divesites require this certification if you want to visit them. So all you have to do is make sure you divers know the limitless opportunities on continuing diving.

By the end of the day we’ve spent some time over the RDP. The Recreational Dive Planner is one of the most essential tools on diving. Even though today we use the Dive Computers much more, they’re all based on the same model of decompression theory. The RDP was created in the mid 1980, when most of the people still depended on the USN tables. So with a slight change on the limits and adapting to the recreational dive scenarios, PADI developed the RDP. Even with lots of easier options, the RDP is still an important tool, and divers must understand about it. So today we took some time explaining how to teach it.

With the rise of the ERDPml, the RDP is about to lose a lot of space. The ERDPml is a calculator specially for dive planing, and makes everything much easier and precisely, besides being able to calculate easily MultiLevel dives. For the ERDPml, divers need just a small  ability to perform dive planning.

We ended up with a debriefing of the morning skills, and we had a good news. Everybody has great rates at the skills and we saved a lot of time during those first days, enabling us now to breath relived and have more time to fine tune personal small details.

We are almost there, in about 5 days we’re gonna become dive instructors! Tomorrow we are gonna practice the Open Water skills! Will be back with news 😀

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