Dive Refresher Course July 2013
In July, Golden West held its second Dive Refresher Course for the graduate divers from the CMAC Diver Preparation Course. The 10 CMAC Dive team divers were once again put through a number of exercises, testing their ability to work together as a working dive station, their physical fitness, swimming ability and proficiency in diving.
The week was one of turbulent seas and heavy rain off the coast of Sihanoukville, Cambodia. This however had an unlikely benefit for the training, producing a visibility level that emulated the working conditions they could expect in Cambodia’s waterways. When they reached the bottom, the visibility was less than half a meter, meaning that their procedures and teamwork was truly tested in these disorientating conditions.
The team thrived in these conditions, working safely and efficiently in the hardest conditions they had yet experienced, impressing Dive Instructors Robert Rice and Tony Langer. The transition from the beginning of the Diver Preparation course in February to this course is truly impressive. Many of the team could not swim and are now swimming and diving to a high level of proficiency. The next training session is slated for September this year.