It has been a busy week at Go Pro Costa Rica. First call at the end of last week we decided to give back to the community and offered a FREE CPR demo on the beach. With updated guidelines at the beginning of the year, we felt it was important to share this important skills with those who wanted to learn. Manuel Antonio is one of the most popular beaches in Costa Rica, and with Rip currents and strong swells it is not stranger to swimmers and beach goers getting into trouble. Our first responders here are generally the local surf community so it was these guys that we did our demos and skill practice. Whilst nearly all of them have previous CPR training, nothing beats a refresh. Early morning we started over coffee and the bribery of Brownies (thank you Kaitlin : ) ) Working in teams we worked on CPR, primary assessment and choking to start with and then more. A serious subject yet a fun learning session and certainly a challenge as well for our EFR instructor candidates who were practicing for their class. I think this will become a regular  event for us here as you never know when you will need to use it.
So the busy week continued, after the CPR, then exploring Uvita diving and today we headed to the pool for some pre-IDC skill circuit practice and Divemaster course skin diver and scuba review practice.As part of the PADI Divemaster program our budding candidates have to be able to conduct a scuba review program and run a skin diver course. We haven’t had many refresher courses lately so we ran a simulation instead with some of our other candidates and IDC students. Set a couple of skills, some problems and problematic students and away we went. Nothing too serious that a Divemaster candidate can’t fix, forgotten snorkels, 5 point descents and some BCD removal problems ; ). The skin diver program was our second half, specifically focusing on the head first skin dive, 50ft/15m swim underwater and then snorkel clearing. These are essential skills in the open water diver program as well, where a divemaster can assist so important that they know how to teach it. Great demos from our trainee Shane and he showed good control of the class. Finished in less than a week, he’ll then be out teaching the real thing…good luck and happy bubbling!!