With our deep and long experience in the world of SCUBA diving we have selected 3 PADI speciality programmes that allow us to share our particular expertise and underwater passions – the Chaloklum Diving “Special Specialities”. On these courses we aim to give a deeper understanding of the subject and to refine your diving techniques beyond the requirements of the conventional training programme.
PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Course
The PADI Digital Underwater Photographer programme is a response to the big increase in the number of people taking their digital cameras when they go diving or snorkelling. It’s been designed mainly with “point and shoot” cameras in mind; we make sure that you understand the basics and then help you to bring your underwater photographic technique to a whole new level!
It’s very much a practical course; you start with setting up and caring for the camera, considering shooting (and good diving) techniques, lighting and composition and then taking lots and lots of photos. You will progress to using some more advanced camera settings, plus learning how to refine the images on your computer after the diving.
Our marine life guide features over 5,000 underwater photos taken by our team over many years of diving in the Gulf of Thailand – without using expensive camera rigs – we are happy to share our wide experience with you!
* Age; 12+
* No certification required
* Takes 1 day – 2 dives possible
Price: 7,000 Baht
PADI Enriched Air Diver Course
Enriched air, known as “NITROX” (or EANx for short) is the safe, easy way to have longer no-decompression time on your scuba dives. There are many benefits to diving with Nitrox and the Padi Enriched Air Diver Course explains them all to you.
In addition to our experienced PADI Specialty Instructors, the Chaloklum Diving team includes the islands only DSAT Gas Blender Instructor, IANTD Normoxic Trimix (!!) Diver and BAUER compressor technician, with a dedicated tank filling and Nitrox blending facility here on Koh Phangan – we are the experts!
We will teach you how to safely plan Nitrox dives, all about the special considerations involved, how to analyse your air and complete the necessary administrative requirements…
Please note that Nitrox training can now also be incorporated in your PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course…
It is also possible to do a “non-diving” Nitrox course; ie theory, gas analysis and tank fill logging only – but we still prefer to take you out on a day dive trip to plan, make and enjoy 2 enriched air dives as well!
* Age; 12+
* Open Water Diver
* Takes up to 1 day – 2 dives possible
Price: 5,000 to 7,500 Baht
PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Course
The Peak Performance Buoyancy programme is an excellent opportunity to become a better diver in so many different ways. Improved air consumption, better underwater control and comfort, a more environmentally friendly diving technique, as well as getting to take some great underwater photographs (if that’s your interest).
You learn the fundamentals of good buoyancy control, including correct weighting and trim, equipment streamlining, correct breathing patterns and the concept of “visualisation” as applied to your diving.
* Age; 12+
* SCUBA Diver and above
* Takes 1 day – inc 2 dives
Price: 4,500 Baht
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