We have a New PADI Master Scuba Diver in the House!

Congratulations to Brian Leighton, now officially a PADI Master Scuba Diver! This PADI course gives recognition to the most dedicated, knowledgeable and well trained recreational divers. To attain this certification, students are required to complete 5 PADI specialty courses, and log 50 dives. That’s a whole lot of underwater time!

Brian started his dive addiction at Master Divers in 2014 completing his PADI Open Water and Advanced Open water with Rob. He returned in 2015 to take Emergency First Response, Enriched Air Speciality, Deep Speciality and Wreck Speciality with Tony.

Brian came back in 2016 on the PADI Rescue Diver Course, enhancing his skills to avoid emergency situations before they arise, and to manage real emergency situations should they occur.

During the course Brian managed a very impressive rescue on Dive Master Candidate Bo.

Bo, who can only be described as “a big lad”, was a tremendous asset during the training, but at 100kgs dripping wet, took a very determined effort from Brian to carry him up the dive boat ladder.

Course Director Gaz, sizing up next to Bo
Course Director Gaz, sizing up next to Bo

Brian then stayed with us to complete his Navigation and Search and Recovery specialties with JC. The Underwater Navigator Speciality was a real challenge in poor viz, but the training kicked in and Brian looked only mildly surprised to bump into the starting point after a hexagon shaped compass course.

During the Search & Recovery Speciality, Brian and JC had lots of fun with compass, lift bag and rope – the rabbit comes out of the hole, round the back of the tree, then down the hole again Brian!

On the 27th February 2016 Brian completed his 50th dive with Mike, and so joins the best of the best in recreational scuba diving as a PADI Master Scuba Diver – very well done Sir!

Final Specialty Dives of Brian's Master Scuba Diver
Final Specialty Dives of Brian’s Master Scuba Diver

 

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