Pro Training Course held at the Blue Planet Aquarium in Elsmere Port.
Left to right are Paul Roberts (new DDI Instructor, Shaun Connell (DDI Instructor Trainer) and Matthew Martin (new DDI Instructor). This now brings the total of DDI Instructors trained by Shaun at the Blue Planet to 3,5, the first being in August 2010.
Shaun runs a DDI Instructor Training Centre in the UK and has been actively involved in Pro Training across Europe since 2009, more information can be found at http://www.scubability.net/
The diving club first try with Nino Batagelj, a tetraplegic person from Slovenia, May 29th 2014 on the Croatian coast. After a pre-meeting, which was mainly based on explanations about the “ddi first try dive programm” that sunny day was perfectly made for putting the theory into practice.
Nino was before his accident, which caused his adverse effect, very active in different kind of sports, but never tried diving before, so he was quite excited. Nino was very interested in the procedure how to prepare theequipement and passed all the required skills without any problems in confined water. Although Nino’s mobility of fingers is limited, he never lost his patience, enthusiasm or motivation.
DDI Instructor Trainer Angel Navarro recently taught the Pro Trainer Course at Pro Dive Mexico, in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, and world record holder Leo Morales was amongst the students.
Leo is a bit of a celebrity around Mexico, indeed he is a familiar name to divers worldwide. Leo’s right leg was amputated in 2008 after he developed an aggressive type of cancer and all other treatments failed. But Leo did not let that stop him and he continued his dive education and became both a tec diver and cave diver. Last year he became a PADI Instructor, and he holds two world records for divers with disabilities – one for the deepest scuba dive (410 feet) and the other for the longest single dive on rebreather (8 hrs 15 mins).
Happy faces: two new DDI Instructors (Thomas & Xenia) and one new Staff Instructor (Alex) were presented their certificates by DDI Instructor Trainer Examinator Flemming - who was also happy to welcome new members to the DDI family!
This was well deserved after a great weekend of
hard work! The DDI instructor candidates looked into lots of academics and learned a great deal about different types of disabilities. After the classroom it was pool time! The inwater workshop was a clear eye-opener for everyone -
including blind diving!