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Author:  AdamCarter [ Wed Sep 07, 2016 10:58 am ]
Post subject:  Finishing off my PADI Advanced Open Water Diver in October.

I did my PADI Open Water last year in one week on vacation. Great fun.

Then spent good money on lots of equipment.

Now, back out to the Philippines for a few more dives under instruction and that would get my AOW .

We have booked another vacation, 10 days with the Family in Dubai next April and my bond girl has given me the go ahead to book a couple of dives.

1) in the Dubai Mall, Dive with sharks.
2) In the Hotel (Atlantis, The Palm) you can dive in their aquarium as well as with Dolphins.

Looking forward to this.

There must be some more divers on the board.

Author:  Mithel [ Thu Sep 08, 2016 9:44 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Finishing off my PADI Advanced Open Water Diver in Octob

Sounds like fun! Great experience.

Author:  Regent's Park [ Fri Sep 09, 2016 9:51 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Finishing off my PADI Advanced Open Water Diver in Octob

Please post some pictures of your dives!

Author:  AdamCarter [ Wed Oct 12, 2016 5:15 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Finishing off my PADI Advanced Open Water Diver in Octob

Well, I am back from a week in the Philippines, I did indeed pass the Advanced Open Water course .. (Not that there is really a "fail" so.. i guess I just Completed it rather than Passed it..)

I did the initial knowledge training using PADIs online e-learning so all I had to do was the selection of dives.

For the AOW course you have to do 5 Dives, two of them are mandatory the other 3 are from a selection of "adventure dives"

Dive 1 (Mandatory) was the Underwater Navigation Dive .. Which was basically just how to swim out on a bearing, and home on a back bearing, followed by swim in a square, a few fin kicks in one direction, turn 90% acording to a compass.. swim the same distance... repeat... until theoretically you end up back where you started.

Dive 2 (Mandatory) was the Deep Dive. This took me down to a reef 30 Metres underwater. All of my open water dives so far had stopped at 20 and that extra 10 metres adds extra complications you learn to deal with, the potential for gas narcosis (Narc'ing), the quicker use of air, the extra "deep stop" required for decompression as well as the usual safety stop. Once the techniques are done, the reef was beautiful and any video I had on my goPro wasnt anywhere near doing it justice, apparently you need a red/magenta filter for cameras at depth.. thats on my shopping list.

Dive 3 (selected) I elected to do the "Peak Performance Buoyancy" dive. This was really just getting a better understanding of how to use the equipment and my skills to float along effortlessly and hover in the water without bobbing up and down or damaging the sea bed. This was a lot of fun, swimming through hoops, hovering cross legged and starfish and getting my buoyancy to the point where I could rise up by breathing in and sinking by breathing out.

Dive 4 (Selected) Night Dive. We went out in the boat after dark, underwater flashlights at the ready. This was initially quite an unsettling experience as you cant initially get any bearings as to what is up or down, you cant see your dive buddy other than lights in the water, aquatic life suddenly appeared out of the dark. Once I got the hang of it and settled in it was still a strange experience but one I intend to definitely repeat.

Dive 5 (Selected) Drift Dive. This option is not one of the "official" selections but as most lessons seem to be taken by wading in from the shore and one of the optional dives was a "Boat Dive" but as every single one of mine has been jumped in from boat I couldnt just count one so we did a drift dive but counted it as a boat dive..If you get my meaning ...

Anyway ... we jumped in, sunk down to a reef and just let the current take us where it went.. this was an incredible experience. combining all of the skills I had learned so far regarding buoyancy and not having to do any exercise meant I got longer out of my air tank than I had before. Our dive master pointed out all manner of things we may not have seen otherwise, from Angelfish and Sea Turtles to poisonous lionfish and sea snakes..

I recommend to anyone even just to give it a try with an initial scuba taster introduction. I have gone from a compete nervous wreck to a (possibly dangerously over)confident underwater master :-)

And now have my own set of full scuba equipment ready for my next adventure.. Either just continuing to dive or maybe continue my dive education with the "Rescue Diver" or "Emergency First Responder" dive courses.

For a Final note... what was the most James Bond I felt during all of my course...

Once I had purchased my own kit ... (All the gear... no idea???) and made my way down the road to the dive centre.. with all the other newbies putting on the hire gear and rental wetsuits... I'm in my own flash kit shortie wetsuit, BCD nonchalantly slung over one shoulder, badass dive knife strapped to calf... thinking I looked like some master scuba diver and feeling like the dogs doodahs (english phrase meaning "quite good")

I probably looked a right tosser but i didnt care...

Author:  Regent's Park [ Wed Oct 12, 2016 7:03 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Finishing off my PADI Advanced Open Water Diver in Octob

Congratulations on the AOW, Adam! Sounds like an amazing experience, thanks for sharing it

Author:  Mithel [ Wed Oct 12, 2016 7:06 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Finishing off my PADI Advanced Open Water Diver in Octob

Very cool! Sounds like quite the experience.

Author:  pyrat [ Thu Oct 13, 2016 8:04 am ]
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Congratulations. I did my PADI quals in 1976 in San Diego and dove the Philippines in 77. Beautiful clear water, great memories. Night diving is quite different from diving in the daytime. Critters seem to be much more aggressive at night. Of course, every time I went diving I had visions of Thunderball dancing in my head... :D

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Again, congrats on you accomplishment.

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