Uwe and Ocean Quest Dive Centre are very excited that we have completed the first PADI Rec Sidemount Course last week. We had 7 students join us for this fabulous and fun course. The course started out with a classroom session that develed deep in to gear configuration, dive planning, failures, and of course gas management. The students learned how to configure their gear, and how to utilize the various fault recognition and repair.
The second night of the course had all the students at SFU, where they got to put their classroom knowledge to action, where they practiced, valve failures, reg failures, lost regs, out of air drills, and my personal favourite the detaching of the tail clips and moving the bottle forward for a swim. I love this skill, and practice constently pool and ocean.
In the PADI Rec Sidemount course, we do three ocean dives. During the ocean dives we get to practice all the skills we learned in the pool, with the most important skill “Awareness” being stressed as one of the if not the most important skill. All of the students,did very well, proving that with a little training, it is very easy to learn and utilize Rec Sidemount diving. Personally, the biggest thing we learn on the course, is entering and exiting the water in a easy and organized fashion. Diving is really not that difficult, but it is kind of tricky learning how to safely and easily enter the water especially if we are shore diving!
Well done to all of the students, in their successful completion of the PADI Rec Sidemount course. If you are interested in learning, let me know, as we have our next course scheduled for October.