Tech Diving Expedition: Solo Research Diver
Internship program delivers the infamous Solo Diver certification and Research diver certification.
Continuing the expedition James Foleher and James Thornton-Allan continued diving in Phuket to conduct technical diver training and specialty diver training during a 3 week expedition / road trip through Thailand and south east Asia.
Today James Foleher completed the final aspects of his Scuba Diving International™ (SDI) Solo Diver Certification and his SDI Research Diver Certification. The dives were conducted in various environments in the early stages of the expedition and his internship but today James finalized his exam for the Solo Diver Course and completed his research on the HMS Repulse Wreck which we will be conducting a Technical Diving International™ (TDI) Trimix Diver Course in a few days.
James will be releasing his research in combination with a trip report online after the journey to Singapore has been completed.
The survey techniques used in the research diver program had already been conducted including how to measure, take inventory and dissect a dive site along with methods of installing a grid system. These skills had to be simulated because the wreck site was designated as a ‘Protected Place’ in 2001 under the Protection of Military Remains Act 1986, just prior to the 60th anniversary of her sinking. The Act makes it an offense to interfere with a protected place, to disturb the site or to remove anything from the site. Divers may visit the site but the rule is look, don’t touch and don’t penetrate.
The law concerning protected places applies anywhere in the world, but in practice, outside the UK, the sanctions can only be enforced against UK citizens, UK flagged ships, or vessels landing in the UK, unless backed by local legislation. Being as both James Thornton-Allan and James Foleher are British and former British Soldiers we’re certainly
Tomorrow is our last day for sightseeing in Phuket before flying down to Singapore.