weight dropIn the PADI Open Water Diver course, students are taught to drop their weights in order to gain sufficient positive buoyancy.
This skill is used in case of a surface emergency where the diver can't float.
It is important that students kick constantly to keep their head out of the water while performing this exercise. They must also drop their weight system (belt or weight pockets) and not hand it to anyone or put it on the pool side.
If they are still not positively buoyant, they can inflate their BCD orally, as if they were out of air.
This exercise can be performed in confined or open water where it can also be combined with the Controlled Emergency Swimming Ascent.

Click here to watch the demonstration presented by Platinum PADI Course Director Guillaume Fargues


BriefingWe just wrapped up another MSDT prep course!

Our candidates fresh out of their PADI IDC and Instructor Examination stayed on Koh Tao and carried on with the next program, the MSDT. During this programm they learn to teach PADI Specialties.

After a couple days of, Deep, Wreck, Night and Enriched Air dives we had a successful afternoon diving with DiveMaster Candidate Bill Piccolo.
Bill participated in the MSDT program where he was the real student for MSDT Candidates on the Search & Recovery Specialty training.
Socrates, Andreas and Fabien all took part in teaching several aspects of this training to Bill, including how to tie knots, use of a lifting device and practicing several search patterns for finding missing objects. Congratulations on your recent Specialty Instructor Training! 


Rebecca Testimonial
What a fantastic hands on experience rewarded by all 11 candidates passing the IE with flying colours. I want to firstly thank Natalie and Guillaume for such a thorough and well thought out course. Their expertise in teaching Instructors is second to none. I cannot praise them or the course enough. The structure, the way they allow you to feel very much apart of teaching others and even let you assign the problems for "bad students" was lots of fun. I went from hating physics to being the "physics guru" with the candidates confiding in me any concerns they had. As a team we overcame individual problems and provided extra tuition where needed. This company has a real team spirit and I would encourage anyone wishing to climb the PADI ladder to consider their course with Bans and Sunshine Divers. I promise you, you will not get better.
Thanks again Natalie and G.

Rebecca Wastall
PADI Staff Instructor

Introducing... the PADI Skill Circuit.

During the PADI Divemaster and Instructor courses, candidates learn to demonstrate many scuba skills. 20 of them are regrouped in Divemaster Skills Evaluation Workshop, also known as the Skill Circuit.

For the next 2 months, we are going to release a skill demonstration video on our YouTube Channel, every other day. These demonstrations are performed by Platinum Course Directors Natalie Hunt and Guillaume Fargues.

And we begin with... the C.E.S.A.!

The Controlled Emergency Swimming Ascent (C.E.S.A.) is always recognized as one of the most important skills that is taught in the PADI system of education. You use it to ascend safely if you are out of air, shallower than 10 meters (30 feet) and cannot get help.

It is also a skill that has many critical attributes and requires a detailed demonstration. When practiced in confined water, this ascent is simulated horizontally.
Most candidates will be asked to demonstrate this in confined water, during the PADI Instructor Examination.


Click here to watch the C.E.S.A. demonstration by CD Guillaume Fargues


Kazu completed his PADI Master Scuba Diver Training with us at Ban’s Diving Resort in 2015.  Having interned with several of our dive instructors he gained the skill, knowledge and confidence to begin working independently and decided to pursue a career in the diving industry but in Cairns, Australia.

Kazu  (59 years old) initially decided to become a PADI Instructor to show his two sons who are Japanese / Australian born, that no matter what age you may be you can still go forward and achieve your goals and dreams. 

Working for a PADI Dive Centre in Cairns, he taught courses in English and Japanese. His personal language skills also improved through the use of his Japanese PADI Teaching slates for the PADI Open Water Course. 

Open water

He also found out that in Australia you need to have a few more credentials to work in the dive industry – such as skills to drive a boat.  This is when he decided to focus on learning a new skill and after a four - month period of training he earned his Coxswain license. This also included a one-month TAFE college course Certificate 2 in Maritime Operation.  During his diving employment he was able to volunteer and work on the boats to gain confidence in shipboard skills. 

Having received his Coxswain Grade 1 License, Kazu had the opportunity to work in West Samoa during September and October 2016.  It was his first time to dive in the Polynesian Sea and was extremely excited to explore the dive sites in the area.  The diving was incredible and he went to one site in particular that had no name – and after his time there, the dive company decided to name the reef Kazu’s Arcade – West Samoa.  He was honored.

Kazuya eventually returned to Cairns, Australia where he worked  for several dive centres. He has understood that the procedures to be employed in Australia require more time and dedication. Most dive centres have a screening procedure to employ an instructor. It is a rigid program and over a 5 day period also known as a “Famil” you  assist on a full PADI Open water course to learn the structure of the program with pool sessions, classroom sessions and open water sessions on a liveaboard. Kazu was looked on highly by the Skipper, Trip Director, Supervisor and other divers with positive feedback.  Kazu is now currently employed by Pro Dive Cairns.

On board boat

It is always a pleasure to know how each of our candidates have progressed after completing their training with us.  Kazuya you truly are an inspiration not only to your boys but to other divers possibly wanting to take the plunge and further pursue their diving career.

Hi To all our PADI Divemasters and Instructors, past and future students.

It’s that time of year again at Ban’s Diving Resort that we give some thought to the past year 2016 and all it brought. We would like to say a big thank you for your patronage and hope you enjoyed your time with us during your training. We look forward to hearing back from you about your personal experiences wherever you may be today!
Thanks to your support! We certified over 20,000 students of all PADI Levels, who have become fantastic divers and now have the opportunity of seeing the world from both above and below the ocean. Our Professional Level certifications included over 300 PADI Divemasters and Instructors and through our high standards and achievements we remain the largest and most successful Career Development Centre in the world.
For those who are thinking about coming back out to see us. We would like to remind you of our new Ban’s IDC website and Facebook Page. Hope you can LIKE, give feedback and forward to others you may personally know interested in pursuing a career in diving or just want to try something new.
http://www.instructor-kohtao.com and https://www.facebook.com/bansidc/

To leave a review about your personal experiences with us on the IDC please follow the link: https://www.facebook.com/bansidc/app/256540041142708/

This 2017, PADI has introduced several new programs and revisions to a few courses that we have already begun implementing in our current PADI Instructor Development Courses. If you need a refresher, wish to staff or know current course dates please visit our link: http://www.instructor-kohtao.com/instructor/icd-calendar-dates.html

It’s always a pleasure to hear from our past students and learn about their successful experiences. We wish to congratulate those who made a career move in 2016:
Lars Walquist and Krista Espellien in Fiji;
Nathaniel Rawson and Sandra Bruckmann in Bali;
Kazuya Nagai in Australia & Samoa;
Shay Nevo in Eilat, Isreal;
Dustin and Lulu in Palau;
David Rae in Cairns Australia;
Shane Caraway in Fiji;
Adrien Testa in Gilli Trawangan and working on Liveaboards;
Christelle Durand in St. Lucia;
Phannee McCarthy and Guolin Chau in Khao Lak;
Sophie De Sa in the Similans;
Jules Latrille in the Maldives; and Kim Van Winkel with Bastian Van Der Kuijl in Nusa Lemobongan taking the plunge and opening their own dive centre.

Also wonderful to hear the new directions for our Staff Instructors challenging themselves in the realm of Technical and Cave Diving – Emily Hong in Mexico.

There are many more and we’d love to hear from you.

In 2017, we hope to bring more to diving education with full face mask and self reliant diver specialties but also medical courses with EMS International and new Marine Conservation courses. Watch this space for the latest developments… https://www.facebook.com/bansidc/

So from Natalie and Guillaume we would like to thank you and wish you a wonderful year.

Thoughts from Our Past Students

  • I did my PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) and Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT) at Ban‘s Dive school with Natalie Hunt and Guillaume Fargues on Koh Tao. Their huge Knowledge and Experience in conducting IDC Courses made it easy to learn a lot and enjoy the very practical Lectures and Workshops. We learned a lot about Dive Theory and Practice on a very professional Level with main focus on how to teach and conduct Dive Courses on our own. During our IDC we had a lot of fun and enjoyed Read More
    Philip Weiss - PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer
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