Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Night Dive Specialty & more!

Well Chantelle was back with us for a week and wanted to master the art of Night Diving! So along with Manon & Billy they started their Night Diver Specialty course with Neil & Iain.

The first dive for Chantelle was excellent and she managed to see Sting Rays, Octopus and lots of life. This made all the more eager to do the next 2 dives.

They all did an excellent job with the Navigation skills and when it came to lights off, even the others on the dive switched their lights out too.  It went very weel and so now they have another card to their collections. Well done Guys.

Colin is still here with us at the dive center and now only has 10 dives left, it is very exciting and he now wants to practice his skill circuit and so we will be jumping in the pool soon enough. We will hopefully be joined by Sam & Dannii for their final scores on their skill circuits too.

Hannah has been reading some of her Advanced manual and has been in the pool with Mary watching some Open Water courses with Mark & Michaela. Neil has also been teaching Open Water with Robin!! The Divemaster interns are getting to deal with REAL Students and see how their skills conpare but also how to deal with student control. This is a very important skill to learn for any Professional Diver.

The winds have been strong lately and the sea visability has been pretty AWFUL to be honest!! We have been to a few different sites. We have visited El Puertito, Poris Pier, The House reef, Black Cove and Abades to name a few.

We are hoping the winds will change soon and the great visability that we are so used to will return to our waters!!

Come Back soon for more Fun in the Sun with Amarilla Divers.

Friday, 16 March 2012

Divemaster Interns Update.

Sorry for the delay in posting, we have been busy busy with the interns!. So here is what has been going on at Amarilla Divers.

We have 2 new Divemaster Interns with us now for 8 weeks. They are Manon, who is from France and intends to do her Instructor course this year. Manon loves the water and loves fish and has always wanted to be a Mermaid! yes a mermaid. So working as a diver is the next best thing. Manon has been completing her Open Water course and Advanced Open Water course with Neil and has been swimming with Turtles too.

 Manon will be working through her Rescue, EFR and Divemaster course soon but will also be completing the Master Scuba Diver certification. We look forward to working her :)

We have also been joined by Hannah from the UK. Hannah is studying to be a nurse and has taken some time out to train as a Divemaster here with Mary at Amarilla Divers. Hannah has completed her Open Water course in the last week and is now going to enjoy some pleasure dives before starting her Advanced Open Water course here in Tenerife.

So what have Dannii & Sam been up to.

Well the guys have both started to complete their Stamina and got an excellent 5 points each for their tread water. Sam has managed an excellent score on both Divemaster exams and scored 97% overall, this is brilliant and we are very proud of his progress. 

Sam has also been in the pool for some Divemaster Workshops for Scuba Review & Discover Scuba Diver with Iain and did a great job with his Skill demonstration.

Dannii & Sam have been practising their skill demonstration for their skill circuit and have had some very good skills.

Sam has also been doing his mapping project and his chosen site was Abades, we are looking forward to seeing his final sketch.

What else has been happening..... 

We have been joined by Colin, now he did his IDC and IE in Cyprus in 2009 with a CDC Center, Career Development Center, he passed all his instructor exams. However because he did not have the required 100 dives, he was only signed off and an Assistant Instructor! So he joined us to complete his final 30 dives.  Colin has been doing some night dives, reef dives, turtle dives and has even been doing some try dives in the pool. He has been sitting in on some courses as well to get himself ready for teaching. 

Colin has been great and we look forward to his 100th Dive :)

So that is all for now and we will do another update for the dive center soon. 

Check back Ciao For now :)

Friday, 2 March 2012

Dive Center update - Divemasters too!

Well after a busy week with Rescue Training last week,  this week the Divemasters interns have been sitting in on Discover Scuba Diver Courses, guiding dives, completing skill circuits, try diving in the pool and completing their Emergency First Response practical.

SO what have we done? Wll  the week started with Josh & Marcus from Brighton who joined us for some Discover Scuba Diving with Neil & Sam. The lads did a good job but Josh decided it was not for him! So Neil, Sam & Marcus went of down to El Puertito to see the Turtles, they were also joined by John who had been diving with us last week.

The visibility was not so great but that did not stop the turtles from wanting to play! We saw 4 turtles in total and everyone was over the moon :)

We have also been round the see the sting  rays a lot this week, one time we had NONE, the next we had 4 large atlantic Rays! can't win them all...

We had Dannii doing her PADI Deep Diver Specialty with Iain, this was dive 2 and Dannii is doing really well and will have this certification soon to add to her Enriched Air Nitrox. Dannii is going for her Master Scuba Diver Certification alongside her Divemaster.

We had a young lady with us this week for a DSD in  the pool, her name is Lucy and she was an absolute natural in the pool. Lucy has had swimming lessons at home in the UK and is an excellent swimmer and so diving was the next thing on her list of 'to do's' She had a great lesson in the pool with Neil and managed the skills really well. She was slightly worried about the sea as it would be deeper, so instead we cam back  the next day and  had another session in the pool with Mary and played some underwater games.

Lucy was a star and we hope to see her soon with her new gaind confidence and go to the sea :)

Sam has been getting used to using his PADI Instructor Manual with some 'lovely' homework regarding the PADI Standards & procedures in preparation for his Divemaster exams.
Sam has been a great student and is doing really well. He is enjoying his time with Amarilla Divers he is learning new things and diving loads, he now only has a few weeks left and we will keep you updated.

Next blog we will introduce our NEW Divemaster Intern to you all, so pop back soon

Ciao... :)