So, this morning we went to Jules' Undersea Lodge for the open water portion of our Instructor Exam. I got to start out with a physics test first thing in the morning - which I passed this time without any brain malfunctions! Then it was in the water to demonstrate the following teaching presentations: Alternate Air Source Breathing with Buddy (Stationary), and Using a Lift Bag to Safely Rig and Lift an object weighing no more than 25 pounds to the surface. Both briefing, skills, and debriefing went without any hitches, and I scored a 4.7 and 4.8 respectively.
The final skill demonstration that we had to do was the Rescue 7 Drill with our partner. I was assigned to use a pocket mask for the demo, and was able to remember BC/BC, Weights/Weights, Mask/Mask, Check for Breathing, Summon Help, and Begin Rescue Breaths while towing the diver to safety and removing equipment from both my partner and I. Scored a 5.0 on that one. It was really awesome to hear the examiner say "welcome to PADI, Instructor!" when he gave me my scores.
Then there was a little graduation ceremony, where we were presented with our certificates of completion from the instructor exam, and got to thank our Course Directors, Examiners, and Staff Instructors for their parts in making us PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors. I'm pleased to say that 100% of our IDC graduated as PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors! I'd also like to give a shout out to the staff: Platinum Course Director and Director of Training Ross Neill, Course Directors Chris Adams and Chance Gray, and the rest of the professional staff here at Rainbow Reef! The best part is, this is the first IDC and IE that Chris and Chance led, and we are the first group of many more instructors to come that they certified!
The afternoon and evening were then spent becoming certified as Emergency Oxygen Provider Specialty Instructors, as well as Enriched Air Diver Specialty Instructors. We also got to schedule our "wish list" of other specialty instructor courses that we would be taking over the next three days. I chose:
- Deep Diver
- Night Diver
- Wreck Diver
- Full Face Mask Diver
- Dry Suit Diver
- Search and Recovery Diver
- Boat Diver (we get that one thrown in since all of the dives here are boat dives)
It's going to be a busy three days coming up... but the best part is that we get to go do some awesome dives... starting out with the Spiegel Grove Monday afternoon as part of the Deep and Wreck certifications. I'm really looking forward to getting these dives in, and logging some amazing bottom time here in Key Largo, Florida with Rainbow Reef!
After all that, and the tremendous week we had at the IDC and IE, the class all met at a local pub and restaurant for dinner and drinks. It was a much needed de-stressing and fun time had by all.
Have a great day!