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With the start of the new season here on Koh Tao we’ll be jumping in with both feet with Divemasters arriving on the first, followed by DCS Upgrades, Instructor Crossovers & then onto the ITC, all before Christmas. Making the change of a lifetime & choosing a new career as a dive professional will be […]

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All dive professionals understand the importance of continuing education for recreational divers, but once many Go Pro, many stop there. Continuing education; or Con-Ed (love my Abbrvs. as you know!) & even training diversity can have many benefits to new dive professionals, from newly minted Divemasters & experienced Instructors above & beyond even my level: […]

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April 2nd, 2013

If you’re like me, speaking twelve different versions of English never really counts as being multilingual & languages can be a hot topic in the world of diving. Adopting the technique of expanding your credentials in diving is one way that can really help you stand out from the crowd, & an excellent way to […]

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It’s April, Fool

March 21st, 2013

From the 1st of April 2013, SSI will launch its new global standards. Changing the way the entire organisation works together. Among the changes made to the new standards & programs being launched around the world is the way we conduct our Instructor Evaluations, or IE. Updating the our previous entry “What To Expect When […]

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Canned Heat

February 22nd, 2013

This post comes to you from the very much unmentioned subject, The Science of Diving. Now before you run to the hills after the merest hint of the S-word, remember the friendly folks at GPS are here to sooth your fears & generally want to help…….a bit! Today we’re going to be chatting about our […]

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When I was but a pup of a scuba-doo, I was given a great way of remember all of the gas law’s pertinent to diving as covered in the Science of Diving, often referred to by newbie Divemaster trainees as “SoD’s Laws”. The “cheat sheet” to help you remember the laws is based around each […]

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This year’s International Training Director conference for SSI was held in Thailand, shortly after its conclusion, all of the SSI Instructor Trainers & Certifiers from the region were invited to attend our annual update at a rather swish conference facility on the Thai island of Phuket. I was delighted to hear the statistics of this […]

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Should I Stay Or Should I Go?

October 15th, 2012

Straight off the bat I think its fair I should point out that the concept of new Instructors completing Internship style programs is an excellent idea. I believe anyone new to a profession; Scuba Instruction or any other, who admits they would benefit from supervised experience before heading out into the blue under their own […]

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When I was a child Vampires & Werewolves were the scary things that came out at night, in modern times they seem to have turned in teenage romantics with an apparent affinity for anaemic chicks, luckily for us we still have real nocturnal wonders to fire the imagination; those of or pertaining to the night. […]

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Abbrvs: Part Deux

September 11th, 2012

While maxing & relaxing with Go Pro SSI’s shiny new photographer Nick Shallcross, the conversation turned to our previous post “Abbrvs.” & the promise of more diving abbreviations. This post looks at the professional level Abbrvs. Dive Guide’s are the first level of professional trainees.  Abbrv’d to DG, their role in the diving industry is […]

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