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sailing and diving around the world
What an exciting day, guys! :) Went to shore in the am, expecting to do the Diver Tow skill test, and Meghan, one of the senior instructors dropped the bomb. Equipment exchange today, guys!!! Right out of the blue and didn't see it coming! And I loved it! Did the equipment exchange, the Diver Tow, and a mock Reactivate. I was also back on the beach in the afternoon, assisting Clara with the amazing 14 year old human fish, Casey.
So, for the equipment exchange, this is my take on it....... for those of you who don't know what the equipment exchange is, it's where we go down to ocean floor, in shallow water, and an instructor watches, and evalutates us, as two DMTs exhange fins, BCD, and maskm and all of this is happening while we share one regulator. After Meghan told us we were to do the equiment exchange, she gave us ten minutes to get prepared. I was paired with Zak and Murillo was paired with Blake.
So, Zak and I had ten minutes to figure out to get it done and Blake and Murillo had about 5. We added lots of extra weight, to be certain that we would be well-planted on the sea floor, and we decided to focus on the breathing, as opposed to the actual equipment exchange. So, because our breathing was in sync, sharing one regulator, the equimpent removal and exchange was a breeze.
The Diver Tow was pretty straight forward, too. Meghan has measured the distance between two of the buoys, at the beach where we do our confined water training/drills, and the distance between them is 50 meters. So Zak and I were paired up again, and we each had a turn pushing the other for two laps, around the buoys. We both decided to use the fins on the shoulders method, whereby the person being pushed stiffens his/her legs, and the one doing the pushing simply puts the fins against the shoulders and fins from buoy to buoy.
Then we had to do the mock Reactivate, where we play the role of instructor, and we take one of the other DMTs through the process a PADI reactivation, going through the tank set-up, through some of the dive physics. I was paired up with Zak again, and he was coached by Meghan to play the role of a certain kind of person, with a hypothetical dive history, etc. It was then my job to take Zak, the 'new,' or 'returning' diver, from the 'interview' stage, right through to the skill testing/review, in the water, with Meghan watching and evaluating. The four skills we reviewed and practiced were hovering, mask removal, emergency out of air scenario, with emergency weight belt drop, at the surface. It was a lot of fun, and a great challenge, for all of us, as well as another great opportunity for us to learn :):)