Industry Award Winning Platinum PADI CD Holly Macleod Introduces the Anatomy of “Neutral Body Positions” on the PADI IDC Gili Islands

Industry: Education

Neutral Buoyancy has been the focus of dive training for some time now, but with over 20 years of diving and as an Independent Dive Training Consultant, Industry Recognized Multiple Award-Winning Platinum PADI Course Director Holly Macleod can now dissect this philosophy to provide suggested methods of implementation.

Gili Islands, Indonesia (PRUnderground) July 23rd, 2019

Having beginner divers perform skills in a neutrally buoyancy body position right from the start of the course could possibly prove to be impractical and inefficient as this is the first time that students have been underwater so the general advice would be to only encourage a neutral body position where students show willingness and the exercise appears to be feasible within the current environment. The same would also be said with the use of the Mini Dive and maybe not an ideal idea during dive 1 unless the students are demonstrating an overall good body position and the tasks appears feasible.

Confined Dive 2 of the PADI Open Water Diver Course requires students to perform 1 neutral buoyancy exercise and therefore is a great point at which to encourage students to attempt to assume the position throughout this skill practice session. A possible suggestion would be to move these skills as far forward into the dive as possible and if feasible conduct a mini dive at the end of confined dive 2. After confined dive number 2 Instructors can then strongly encourage student divers to perform all skills in a neutral body position throughout confined dives 3 and 4 ultimately preparing the student diver to exhibit perfect buoyancy by the time they conduct the Dive 5 Mini Dive and in turn preparing for an environmentally aware start to the open water portion of the PADI Open Water Diver Course. Another suggestion can be to combine Peak Performance Buoyancy requirements into the PADI Open Water Diver Course further strengthening environmental awareness mentalities. 

This philosophy is not just limited to beginner level training, but can be adopted throughout the curriculum and there are many suggestions relating to continuing education students as well as referral students. Advanced Courses should really start with the Peak Performance Buoyancy Adventure Dive allowing students to build upon there previously learned skills and prepare them for the rest of the PADI Advanced Diver Course, ultimately continuing their dive education in a more safe and enjoyable manner allowing students to concentrate on specialist areas of the program without having to constantly worry about personal general diving skills and the surrounding marine environment.

These specific environmental applications are now fully incorporated into the PADI Scuba Diving Instructor Development Course (IDC) and are aimed at providing new Scuba Diving Instructors with the knowledge and mentality to go on and ultimately train new divers to the highest possible standard. The PADI IDC Gili Islands Program attracts professional divers from around the world and as seen on the Gili IDC Indonesia Reviewthe program can now been seen as one of the best possible places to train for a new career within the Recreational Diving Industry.

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About PADI IDC Gili Islands

The PADI IDC in the Gili Islands offers the opportunity for professional Divemaster’s to train with Award winning Industry Renowned Multiple Platinum rated PADI Course Director Holly Macleod. Holly offers a wealth of Industry experience working within the industry for approximately 18 years and has issued well over 3000 PADI Instructor level certifications. Having been awarded the PADI Elite 300 and Platinum Course Director awards for the previous 7 years consecutively, Holly has used a vast experience to design a program that is delivered to a standard well over and above that generally seen within the industry providing new scuba diving instructors with the skills, knowledge and confidence to be highly successful in a career teaching people to dive.

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