Join the upper echelons of dive proficiency; distinguish yourself with first-class buoyancy control!
Conditions are awesome for your group's drift dive in Thailand - more than 25 metres of visibility on a warm and sunny day. You splash in as a group and quickly drop to 20 metres, levelling off and then drifting along the beautiful Phi Phi Island wall, teeming with coral and fish.
As one of the first of the group to reach the planned depth, you watch as the other divers join up. The difference between the more novice divers and the experienced divers becomes apparent as they reach drifting depth. The less experienced divers halt their descent by turning vertical, kicking and putting the hammer down on their BCD inflators. The experienced divers stay horizontal and, without any apparent change in what they were doing, simply stop descending. It's amazing to watch.
Then as you drift along, the novice divers fluctuate as much as 1 or 2 metres, constantly adjusting their BCDs. The experienced Thailand scuba divers had very little depth change, except when they want to look at something.
You see one of the novice divers watching an experienced diver as she simply moves up on the wall and then back down to depth, all without any apparent effort. You can almost read it in the novice diver's eyes, "I want to be able to do that". As with all great dives, it's over too soon and thinking about it later, the difference between the 2 groups was that the novices controlled their buoyancy adequately, but the experienced scuba divers controlled it effortlessly. The experienced divers seemed to enjoy the dive more, and they had a lot more air left when they got back onboard the diving boat.
This is the difference between buoyancy control and Peak Performance Buoyancy control. One way to master buoyancy is by diving frequently, but a better way is to train for it, like with the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty diver course, starting with the Peak Performance Buoyancy Adventure Dive in the Advanced Open Water Diver course.
PADI's Peak Performance Buoyancy programme is the perfect opportunity to hone your buoyancy skills and a great way to get the benefits of peak performance buoyancy. Perfect your buoyancy and you'll have longer dives due to better air use, you'll save your energy, and you'll learn about environmentally friendly diving techniques to conserve our precious Thailand scuba environment. Your programme will include 2 open water dives, which may be conducted in 1 day.
Some of the topics covered in your PPB programme are weight position and distribution, streamlining, use of weighting guidelines, positioning and distributing weight for comfort and desired body position, visualisation techniques prior to dives, buoyancy checks, establishing neutral buoyancy and hovering during all segments of a scuba dive.
The elective Peak Performance Buoyancy Dive conducted during the Adventures in Diving programme may be counted toward this specialty.
Boat Dives: 2 - You choose dive sites from Racha Yai, Racha Noi, Phi Phi Islands, Shark Point, Kingcruiser Wreck, Anemone Reef
Duration: 1 day
Total Price per person (incl. all taxes): US$ 240
Note: If you prefer, you can pay for your course on the start date here in Phuket.