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With the shark and manta sightings increasing in numbers, I have been treated a few times this week, so I’m looking forward to a relaxing dive in the bay today.  My Scuba Review student has not dived for only a few years, and has a fair amount of dives, but has elected to do a Scuba review to refresh his skills before heading off for a weeks full on diving.
The theory is completed quickly, so I guess the diving part should be just as easy. Kit set up goes smoothly, and before I know it we are briefing the skills before  heading down to the water.  The Scuba Review is a run through of all the skills completed during an Open Water course, so nothing should be a surprise as such.  However, during the briefing, my guest cannot recollect doing a fin pivot (as of a few years ago not required to be done on the fins, now just control bouyancy). In my early days teaching I would at this point start to panic and think about telling someone that this poor guy didn’t actually do all the skills he should have. However, time and experience has taught me that this is not normally the case. It is simply that the guest completed what seemed like so many skills, that they have genuinely forgotten. The concept of buoyancy is not lost on him, as I said he has lots of dives, so I’m going with the forgotten theory and hope I’m not proved wrong!
Once in the water, we run through the required skills. The mask removal goes without a hitch, as does the regulator recovery, kit removal and in-fact everything else. I’m just about to get to fin pivot, taking a minute to check on my slate that I’m covering everything I should, when I notice him change position in the water. When I look over, I notice that he has spotted what appears to be a small crab burrowing in the sand. And how has he positioned himself to watch this? Fins on the ground, laying flat and going up and down with each breath.  No need for that fin pivot then!
Confident of his abilities, we head off to look for the turtle, but have no luck. We are treated to the puffer fish that is still ‘stuck’ in the artificial structure (he does get out sometimes I’ve been assured) and we enjoy a lovely few minutes with the dwarf lionfish, making the most of his pivoting skills to get nice and close.
Back on land, my guest is happy with his performance and can’t wait for his week ahead. Just as we are about to finish, I’m just signing his log book when, you must be able to see this one coming….. “I think I remember that fin pivot thing now” Doh!

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