Guest blogger for PA-DivingIDC / IDC Thailand

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I was recently asked to write blog for a friend/mentor’s website related to diving here in South Korea.  He was not only a friend and mentor but also my (and our other instructors’) Course Director during our IDC and Specialty Instructor Course, none other than Camille Lemmens from IDC Thailand.net & PA-DivingIDC.com.

You can check out the blog post here.

PADI 38th Parallel Diver Specialty

38th Parallel Marker38TH PARALLEL DIVERS

IT’S OFFICIAL!

Very few people can actually say they have dove north of the 38th Parallel in South Korea, and even fewer can say they hold the PADI 38th Parallel Diver Specialty card (zero as of this posting).  If you are looking for something truly unique to add to your logbook this is the certification.  The 38th Parallel Diver Distinctive Specialty signifies that divers have conducted a dive north of the 38th Parallel as well as completed the remaining course requirements.  This is a great specialty that empowers divers to get more time in the water here in South Korea.

Many divers have conducted dives with us north of the 38th Parallel so I am sure those divers will be asking, “Can I apply for the specialty?” The answer unfortunately is no, you would have to conduct the course from today forward in order to earn this certification.  We apologize however we need to make sure we adhere to standards.

PADI’s new Smart Phone App

Screen Shot 2014-10-22 at 15.01.59I am so pleased to see that PADI finally gave their smartphone app a facelift because the previous version was outdated from it’s initial release.  The app finally provides some needed and highly useful functionality.  The user interface is sleek and more closely matches the online experience now that PADI also recently updated their website.

One of the nicest features of the PADI app is the SSO (single sign on), it should be linked to your existing email address and password from previously established accounts (at least this is true for PADI Pros).  As many pros (should) already know that if they sign-up for Scuba Earth all their certifications will be available via PADI eCards (it will take a few days after initial signup for availability).  This is one more reason why it’s better to be a PADI Pro versus just a PADI Diver.

The new app is easy to navigate and offers instant access to pro check, tools (utilities) like knot tying, hand signal reviews, checklists, e-cards and even a digital logbook.  There is even a spot to get local weather.  The one tool I would ask PADI to incorporate into the next app update is a diver check…I understand that this can be done via login thru the web portal (via the app) however it would just be nice to see a button to access it as easily as the “Pro Check”.  There is no doubt this is a step up from the previous version…finally the PADI app is a useful tool that I am happy to have on my smart phone.

Final Verdict: This is a MUST have for all levels of PADI scuba divers!

PADI Mobile Apps Site: http://www.padi.com/scuba-diving/padi-app/

New PADI Divers

38th Parallel Divers at NamaeIt was an early start for all of us on Saturday morning and all met up at Gangneung bus terminal from where we departed to Namae Dive resort. It was a hectic busy day with more scuba divers in Namae than locals. Things were very busy and chaotic and before long Krystal and Peter were off to their first open water dive. Between all the chaos and busy bees we could not have had a better time with model students Krystal and Peter.  We ran through all the skills like they were scuba diving for years. They rarely made any mistakes and had no problem with any of the skills. Water conditions were fantastic with an average visibility on Saturday of 12m and water temperature of 23 degrees Celsius.

We rocked out 3 dives on Saturday and then headed for our accommodation at Program Motel and to drop our bags and then headed straight to Gangneung for dinner. We feasted on some Pork BBQ with a variety of delicious side dishes then headed for a Mango Bingsoo at Mango six just to round off the whole night and make it complete. After returning back to Program motel both students only needed to do the final test which went very well and all passed out. Sunday morning greeted us with a delicious breakfast that Sora made for us followed by the final dive of the students which went excellent as ought to be. It was a great weekend spent with some really nice people at a really nice place. Hope to dive with you guys again and welcome to the PADI scuba diver community.

Palau Video 1

Here is the first video of our trip to Palau.  We dove with Sam’s Tours in Koror, Palau under the guide of Kostas. In this video we dove the following sites: Siaes Corner, Blue Corner, Ulong Channel, German Channel.