MAFAR personnel undergoes scuba training

Some 11 personnel of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Agrarian Reform have undergone scuba diving training to address the need for a sufficient number of skilled and certified divers to manage and conserve marine resources in the region.

On May 16-21, the activity aims to equip the participants with the necessary techniques, skills, and knowledge to become certified scuba divers held at General Santos City and Maasim, Saranggani.

South Shore Divers led the PADI open water diver course to MAFAR divisions, namely FRLED, FPD, and FPHMD.

The PADI Open Water Diver Course teaches student divers the foundational knowledge and skills they need to dive with a buddy, independent of supervision. The primary objective is to put safety first- the safety of the student divers, staff, and the instructor in the planning, organization, and conduct of the course.

Topics discussed during the activity are The Underwater Environment, Introduction to SCUBA Diving, Adapting to underwater realms, Oceanography Marine Life, Physical and Physiology, Buoyancy, Pressure, Boyle’s Law, Familiarization of SCUBA Equipment, Personal gear, Underwater Instruments Accessories, Skills Development, and Diving Techniques, Dive Plan.

The second part is the Experiential Learning, Pool Session – proper usage of SCUBA gears, floating and breathing techniques, Actual Diving, Open water SCUBA diving sessions, First Dive: 10-15 ft, Second Dive: 40 ft and above.