This past weekend we conducted the Sidemount Confined Water training at one of our favorite pools, the Suwon World Cup Pool. This pool is setup for some great dive training. If you haven’t been here it is a 5m deep 50m x 50m pool. It has several hula hoops at varying depths for buoyancy practice as well as mirrors for each diver to self-correct and fine tune skills.
Our day started out with a drive through the Korean summer vacation traffic…and there was PLENTY of it. It took nearly double the time to get to the Suwon pool because Koreans were off enjoying their vacations. Once we arrived at the pool we went over equipment setup and tank rigging. This is one of the most important parts of the course, no instructor should over look this portion. Everything minute you spend on setup will greatly pay off during the dive. I would recommend that instructors compliment their instruction with some sort of video that explains various setups and use. The one that I like so far is Jill Heinerth’s Sidemount Scuba Diving.
Once our equipment was setup and prepped for entry we went over an orientation brief to explain entry methods, weighting and brief the skills for the day. With the briefings out of the way we pushed off the entry point and verified weighting and descended down to check out Jeff’s trim. This is another critical place that instructors can’t take too lightly and where students will greatly benefit…GET THEIR TRIM RIGHT! Spend the time to ensure equipment is setup correctly and streamlined. This may be difficult if the student is useing loaner/rental gear but it is still important. It is CRITICAL if the student is diving their own gear, this will be a great starting point for them to take note of. Rarely will a diver again get so much personal attention to work out kinks and perfect their trim in the water. Once Jeff’s gear was adjusted he knocked out skill after skill and we were able to surprise Jeff with multiple simulated emergencies as well. Great job today Jeff! We definitely earned those Chili’s meals.
It wasn’t only the divers that got some fun in today…our shore support (wives) decided to tour the Suwon castle and downtown area while we were in the pool. One more reason that we like this pool, lots to do for divers and non-divers alike.
If you are not familiar with the Suwon World Cup pool here is some information: