April 28th was D Day. Online dictionaries define D Day as “the day on which an important operation is to begin or a change to take effect.” D Day for the DMTs means the equipment exchange and stress test. It’s the last day of the course and a good way to end on a high note. I thoroughly enjoy it for many reasons, but mainly because (i) I am in charge and (ii) I am really good at giving orders…..
After consulting the Instructor Manual for the rules and grading criteria for completing the equipment exchange, I gave the group a few minutes to powwow aka create an action plan (see the photo below). PADI lists the equipment exchange as:
“In confined water, demonstrate the ability to effectively respond to an unusual circumstance underwater by exchanging all scuba equipment (except exposure suits and weights) with a buddy while sharing a single regulator second stage...”
We even had paparazzi underwater. One of our guests volunteered to take photos of us throughout the morning. After a fun morning underwater, we took apart our equipment and rinsed the sand out of our hair, bodies, and kit.
The snorkel test took place on the 30th where Scuba Junkie proudly welcomed 6 new divemasters to the professional world. Sadly, both Daniel and Peter left us the next day. The girls (Katrine, Moa, Sara, and Shantha) signed up for the 6 week Eco course. They are currently working on the finishing the Reef Check course, shadowing divemasters, and going on boats.
Pssst, whalesharks have been sighted recently! If you have any questions about our DMT program, please do not hesitate to contact us!
Congratulations to Daniel, Moa, Shantha, Sara, Katrine, and Peter! We hope to see y’all underwater soon!