On a dark and misty evening two intrepid instructors embarked upon there night dive qualification as part of there MSDT ( Master Scuba diver Trainer) qualification.
The MSDT is the next step up from Open water scuba instructor. Becoming a MSDT it enables you to teach specialities enabling you to become a more rounded instructor. Before you start the course you choose a minimum of 5 specialities from the extensive PADI speciality courses available.
The most popular choices are Deep, Wreck, Enriched air, Night, Search and Recovery, Underwater navigation and oxygen provider.
The first dive on that dark and misty,moody night was our night dive. We descended into the black with ample torchlight. We navigated our way round the dive site and completed the tasks required from us. Using our excellent navigation skills in the darkness we surfaced right next to our dive boat. It was an excellent dive and I always enjoy the different variety of fish you see on a night dive.
The following morning we embarked on our deep dive and wreck dive. During our descent on our deep dive we were lucky enough to come into contact with an excellent 4 metre whale shark which obviously was a welcome sight. We spent some time with the whale shark before continuing on with our dive objectives.
The second dive of the dive day was our week dive on the excellent wreck the HTMS satakutt. This is one of my favourite dive sites here on Koh Tao and I always enjoy diving the wreck especially with Emilio.
The following afternoon Emilio and I put our underwater navigation to the test with a series of skills and challenges which Emilio and I enjoyed completing. The final dive was our Search and Recovery dive where we practiced many varied search patterns and lifting techniques.
It was throughly enjoyable course and excellent to gain the MSDT qualification. Our thanks must go to Peter the course director for challenging and expanding our dive knowledge.